A Travellerspoint blog

June 2010


rain 75 °F

Cliff Notes:
Up at 3:30am.....Swim....Bike....Run....Get stranded under a tent in ankle deep mud during flash flooding thunder storm......Bike in the freezing cold rain back to the car.....Stand under hair dryers in womens bathroom for far too long.....Get free stuff from a million sponsors.....Watch the pro-womens race.....See Emma Snowshill take an incredible victory....Roast in the 95 degree sun.....Watch the pro-men race....Gauk over the really hot Italian pro dudes.....Drive 3 hours to venue #2.....Be very happy.....Fall Asleep.

Extended Version:
Super Early morning.
It was dark out when I woke up, but light out when I went to bed.....
Got into transition area at 5:43am - Got kicked out of transition area of 5:45. Talk about a lightening fast set up and gear up.
Headed down to the water - learned that the course had been modified because of incoming severe weather. Was pretty bummed that it was shortened - but became intensely more competitive and focused to really do well.

Swim - Crushed people. Literally. I haven't felt that strong in the water, since....err.....high school swim team? Finished in 8:06. Was the first in my division out of the water - and was ranked 96th swimmer out of 1,600. Yeah. That's right. Suck it.

T1- Really Fast. So much better than Florida. My new tri-suit that I scored for $15 is sick. Went sockless and shadeless for the bike, good choices - made getting out faster.

Bike - Passed upwards of 60 people. Average 20.2 mph - 38 minutes and some change for a 14 mile ride. One woman and I played cat and mouse the whole course, taking turns passing eachother - It was awesome because we pushed eachother to work harder. She was in the next age group up.

T2 - Happy with it - No need for a visor, just a shoe switch. Grabbed my number and ran through the massive carpeted arena to set out on the run course. We're talking big screen TVs, announcers, media everywhere....super super cool. They even had a helicopter doing aerial coverage.

Run - HELLOOO I love 5ks. Maybe its because its the best distance to be able to push yourself to the point of puking - but not actually puking. If that makes any sense. Last 1/2 mile me and 2 other ladies (in the 25-29 age group) ran together (but not in the friendly, social way - more like the, 'i'm going to crush you, you little bitch' kind of way) neck and neck. The last 1/4 mile was an all out sprint as we made the turn and entered the arena and raced for the finish line. I passed one of them - it was pretty intense. Definitely the most exciting finish I've been a part of. 21:05 Time.

1:10:13 Final Time

2nd out of 30 in my Division (20-24 Females)
29th out of 430 Women

Very Pleased. Can't wait for Next Saturday. And then the Next Sunday. : )

Quad Cities - World Champ Qualifier - 6 Days
Nationals - 3 months, 10 days.

"Winning isn't everything. Wanting to is."

Here's To Peace, Practice & Performance,

P.S. I've been here so long that I can visually see how much the corn has grown. And it's a lot.

Posted by AubreyJ 07:29 Archived in USA Comments (0)



storm 70 °F

So. We had our pre-race briefing yesterday. Aside from addressing normal questions and concerns (parking, times, bodymarking etc....) We were informed that the arena that the finish line is set up in and the event's expo set up - is so big that it can be seen from airplanes as they approach Des Moines. One of the biggest races in the country - and without a doubt the most organized I have ever even imagined.

Packet Pick up was yesterday too AKA getting a ridiculous amount of free stuff (and our race numbers - which are temporary tattoos - So I'm very excited to be an 8 year old again later today and cover my arms and legs with them) Every athlete gets a hy-vee bike jersey, visor, triathlon backpack that is filled filled filled with samples from sponsoring companies - like snapple, kellogs, pepsi, general mills, gillette, cliff bar, gatorade, dole, and a bazillion more It was like Christmas.

Up at 5:30 today to do an early lake swim - finished just in time before the skies opened up like crazy. A wicked thunderstorm. Again. The junior races today have been postponed for three hours. Tomorrows forecast is not looking good either. Oh well.

Tomorrow is an early morning (understatement) up @ 3:30 - on the road at 4. Transition area by 5. Race starts at 6, and my heat is at 6:38. Yikes!!! I hope that we don't get delayed as well, that would make nutrition /fuel management really tough.
Awards are at 11:30 - then the pros are set to start at 12:30 - which is going to be insane. The last years men's finish....the difference between 1st and 3rd place was 1/10th of a second. The other difference between 1st and 3rd was $200,000 prize purse vs. $25,000 prize purse. It is going to be competitive like I have never ever seen before.

That's all for now.

Here's to Peace, Clear Skies & Taking Home Some Hardware,

P.S. For Realsies.

Posted by AubreyJ 05:37 Comments (0)

I-O-W-A (Part I)

Corn....Corn....Corn....Poultry Farm.....Corn....HY-VEE TRIATHLON

overcast 65 °F

It is remarkably easy to get half way across the country. 12 hours on day one, which left us sleeping in some random off the highway motel that was either in Ohio or Indiana. 9 hours on day number two. It really is all the same out this way. (Sorry if that offends anyone from the area who believes that their little niche on the great plains is unique and different from all the rest)

Got to the condo / country club / golf course - observed lots of polo-shirted rich folk driving golf carts around with scotch in hand saying things like 'My My Frank....what a glorious day we have been blessed with to enjoy this fine sport'. Unpacked - which for me just means opening up all the bags I brought and letting them explode and scatter all around the room. Went for a run, in the pouring rain, but it WAS glorious - especially after driving for 20 hours.

-Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run)
-Part of the World Series Circuit for the Pros.
-Professional and Olympian triathletes from all around the world are here. 100's of the biggest of the biggest names in triathlon racing. It is so so freaking cool. Emma Moffat, Sarah Haskins, Emma Showshill, Laura Bennett (Which if you don't know who they are or what they do, just trust me in the fact that this is UNREAL!)
-The venue is like none I have ever seen.
-30,000 spectators from around the world are expected.
-The finish line brings us into a huge arena that is lined with countries flags, a bazillion photographers, news reporters, spectators and coaches.

Got a chance to swim and ride the course yesterday. We're heading back to the venue this morning for another swim and a run this time. If weather cooperates Sunday could be a very very fast day. My right foot is messed up, but such is life, and so it has been for the past 5 months. I'm pretty sure I won't even notice it on race day.....or I will but I will hobble my way across the finish line (FAST) anyway.

Oh yeah, and in general - I'm just grossly happy.

Hy-Vee Triathlon - 3 days
Quad Cities Triathlon - 9 days

Quote of the Day:
'It never gets easier, you just go faster.' -Greg Lemond

Here's to Peace, Clear Skies and Horizons,

P.S. Yours.

Posted by AubreyJ 04:49 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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