Monday, June 30, 2008

Loving words from my coach *all in one day*

You and your damn transitions. This is a SPRINT. You must know where your bike is!!!

That means you are going on 4+ hours without any food? Do I need to fly out there and slap you silly?

....If you f8ck that up again you owe me $25 or 1lb of M&Ms.

Pull it out of your ass NOW.

Classic!!!!!! I think I should send her the M&M's anyway.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wandering Eye

I have it.

I keep looking at the remainder of the season in terms of IM racing. Since CdA was a bust, I find myself searching around to see what I can come up with.( R U cringing Coachy?) As a age grouper, NA Sports doesn't give us too many options, in fact zero. Usually at this point in the season, I'm locked and loaded in terms of how my race schedule will unfold. This year it's quite different.

If I sill wanted to do a ironman distance race, my choices are:

Plymouth MA.Full Distance Triathlon, held at the end of August
Silverman in NV in November.

I'm not so sure either one of these would be right for me, but I'm going to research them a bit if only to quell my curiosity. The better of me thinks I should figure out next season right away, so I can too, rush the stage in order to gamble away another $475+ and pray I make it to the starting line next year!

This weekend is a busy one.
Saturday is Karen Smyer's Kids Triathlon held every year in Lincoln MA. I usually volunteer in some fashion and enjoy watching the kids.

Sunday is a Team Psycho key event in that as many as possible of us will be pouncing
on a particular race that was picked pre season. The Cohasset Tri at Sandy Beach.
This one is down on the south shore of MA. in a town near the ocean. It's a sprint distance tri in which my body is foreign to, not to mention bucket-puking-painful for that matter. We will have a big contingency there including Jarrod Shoemaker, who we sponsor, building up for the Olympics.
Here's the line up for the Elite division. We as a team, are also supplying the prize purse to the top 3 finishers, both male and female in the Elite category in which I'm happy not to be included in. Yikes. Karen and Dede and Alica will be like rabid dogs.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

More Moosey Pictures

Mr. TGP Moose antler-ized with me post race

First in age group/ 2nd in Masters (awarded prize catagory)

Sunday, June 8, 2008


This picture says....
A. Boy, this frosty brew disguised in this water bottle sure is tasty!
B.Q.Why is my face so red? A. Because I RAN AS HARD AS JEN TOLD ME TO.
C.I think I need to go sit down over there.
D. All of the above.

Who has time to read blogs?? Everyone is busy! Racing, training or just being outside!!!

I've been holding my cards rather tight to my chest lately. I developed yet another
injury right after Disney and frankly, I just didn't want to mention it hoping it would
just go away. No such luck!!!!! Ok, so THREE's A CHARM, RIGHT????? NO MORE INJURIES FOR ME PLEEEEEASE!!!!!! I was very aggressive with this third injury since February, trying
to nip this one but alas, it still here,2 weeks later. The Joy!!

Good old Plantar Fasciitis. Have you had it? You don't want it. This is my second bout with it. I got it in '97 as a runner, so I knew exactly what it was from the onset.
Night splint, icing, massage, stretching, orthotics, no bare feet. I guess it will go away when it's damn good and ready.
I for one, shall not wait. Another set of season goals are in place and I'm sticking
with the plan. I will be smart but I will manage this and not just sit on my ass watching the season go on without me.
First up:
Mooseman International Distance Triathlon

Headed up to New Hampshire for this great Endorfuns event on Friday. Keith Jordan does not disappoint. This race is run just like Timberman, in August. Just a top notch race venue. Every year Keith and his staff think up new ways to improve the whole race experience and it's just awesome.
On Saturday, they have an International Distance race and on Sunday, the 1/2 iron race.
Coming off of Disney, I chose the shorter distance to participate in.
I wasn't quite sure how my foot would hold up but I got a plan in place to try
and race.
First up: Taping my foot. Thanks to Kerrie for reminding me about this little trick.
If you tape your arch properly, it protects the fascia so I started to do this last week on days I felt I would be on my feet for long periods of time or when I would run.How to make it to T2 with my foot taped proved to be a challenge. I decided to duct
tape my foot to try to get through the swim with the tape (hoping) still attached so I would protect it running to T1 or when I had to be barefoot and to do the 10k run.
Houston.. we have a problem. I didn't even get to the second turn buoy and it was
falling off in the water.
I just stuck with the plan and continued on with the day, tape or no tape.
I had a great bike. I took some risks and hammered as hard as I could for the 28 mile hilly course, no one passed me on the bike and I wasn't sure how many made it out of the water before me.
I was in wave 7. The last wave of the day. All women 40+. I haven't actually been
in a (last) wave before and I didn't really much care. I can and will maneuver just
fine around others in the water, I like to slingshot my way though people on the bike, and lastly, it's fun pickin' 'em off on the run.
Our swim was shortened after an hour delay waiting for fog to lift and the water temp. was about 57. No problem. I didn't even notice the water temperature, I was
just focused on a good clean start and getting out front and swimming hard like a
sprint now that it was shortened.
After the bike in T2. I had a senior moment or rather a few moments. I could not find
the rack I was on to rack my bike. What a dumbass. I can't even explain it. I was
just wandering until a spectator at the fencing finally helped me. My T2 time was a cluster F . I'm still shaking my head.
The run was quick compared to Disney! 6.2 miles feels like a walk in the park! It's a
hilly run and the heat had arrived. I didn't notice the heat because I already
paid my heat dues down in Florida on my 13.1 death march.
I was running scared though. I was afraid I would be picked off by women behind me
racking their bikes, so I ran like a muther f-er scared.. scared.. scared....
I ran dancing on that very fine line of blowing up, but I held it together with my non taped foot and I know I ran my hardest because I had to LURCH OVER at the finish
line holding my knee caps while they shook like I just finished my last of 6 mile repeats on the track at LT. OUCH!
1st in age group 45-49 Where the heck did 35-39 go? Someone PLEASE TELL ME!!
I hate this!!! I never got used to 40-44 and now this??
14:44 (shortened swim) 1:17 bike 28 miles (21mph) 45:11 10k (7:17pace) run,JEN..we gotta work on this run thang......

2:22 11th female

I almost forgot!!! I got to meet Danielle and her awesome husband Andrew!!! What a TREAT! Thanks for CHEERING D! XXXXOOOOO