This was my last week of the Ramblin’ Rose training program at my Y, and the race on Sunday morning. I didn’t double up on workouts too often, and when I did I tried to make sure that they worked well together (like PiYo for some nice stretching and toning after a cardio heavy class). I also tried to get back into some regular weekday running as I felt like that had been missing from my schedule recently. It was nice to get back into it and I am excited to be done with the race so that I can get back into a somewhat regular workout routine.
My workouts last week were:
- Monday: Cycle beat class and PiYo
- Tuesday: Ramblin Rose training (swim, bike, run) and Zumba
- Wednesday: 5 mile run
- Thursday: Esprit de She 5k. Technically was cancelled because of bad weather but went to the gym and ran 3.1 on the treadmill to earn the medal
- Friday: 4 mile run, Zumba
- Saturday: 4 mile run
- Sunday: Ramblin Rose sprint triathlon
The race itself went great! I was nervous as all of my recent races have been running… to the point where I’m usually not too anxious these days about race days. But for the triathlon, I had to plan for doing a swim time where I would have to rate my own ability level, and then the bike which just stressed me out… especially since I don’t have a road bike but my beach cruiser hybrid.
I ranked myself a 9 out of 10 in swimming. I thought I was being ambitious but that race day adrenaline would give me the push I needed. It turned out to be a good ranking. I was the second person to swim in the 9’s, and I didn’t have to deal with anyone tapping my foot or attempting to pass the person in front of me.
After the swim, I raced over to the transition area. I threw on my clothes (I couldn’t commit to getting a tri suit when I still don’t know how much I like triathlons at this point), and tried to get myself pulled together to bike. In the chaos, my bike fell over on me, but some bi-standers helped me pull myself together. I set off on the bike course.
I was close enough to the front that there were quite a few other racers on the road, but sadly, they all had road bikes and could get a lot farther with a lot less effort. That was definitely frustrating. I still flew past a few thanks to my training on the actual, hilly course, so all hope wasn’t completely lost! I sped into the final length of the ride and made awesome time for my last transition stop. Less than 45 seconds and I was on the 2 mile run. I was doing great, but got a stitch in my side after the first mile. I’m guessing dehydration, but I think I need to start looking into this as it’s been happening more and more on my runs. I told my husband to come to the course at 9am to catch me in time… well apparently I underestimated my speed as they were early but still only got to see my do my final loop, and they had just arrived when I was finishing up. But seeing them gave me the final boost I needed and I flew into the finish.
My total time for the race was 1:02:20. Last year, I finished in about 1:22… so definitely improvement! I’m really happy with my time and how the race felt overall, but I’m still on the fence on triathlons and if they’re for me. I might try to borrow a road bike to see if I can get used to the feel, because it just doesn’t seem worth it if I have something like that holding me back. But maybe I’m overthinking it.
Anyways, onto the upcoming week! Here’s what we have planned for dinner (a couple of nights done already):
- Sunday: Chicken bundles with leftover noodles
- Monday: Homemade lasagna made with hubby’s spaghetti sauce
- Tuesday: Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
- Wednesday: TJs tortellini with the last of the spaghetti sauce
- Thursday: Bobby Deen’s Goulash
- Friday: Pioneer Woman Chicken Marsala and homemade mashed potatoes
- Saturday: Date night with friends. Dinner TBD
How was your weekend? Any big plans for the coming week?