Oceanside 70.3 spectating:
March 31 was the Oceanside 70.3 just north of San Diego. I wasn't racing, but my friends and teammates Lauren, Ian and Matt were. Tammy, Patrick, Aren, Hanky Panky and I rode up to Oceanside pretty early Saturday morning. Actually, we all slept in until after 6, so it was pretty late for a Saturday! Ironman training makes you crazy! We parked and then all went running while the athletes were biking. Tammy, Patrick and I ran just over 8 miles and Aren did something crazy, like 15 or 16. As we finished up, the pros were out on their first loop of the run. We walked the rest of the way and cheered. So, so much fun! I "accidentally" said a few creepster things, like "Heather Jackson, I love you! You are my girl crush!" I also told saw this guy whose blog I read, "Hey! I read your blog!" when I ran into him at a coffee stand. It was kind of weird, so I made it worse by saying, "Sorry, that was creepy." Hahahahahaha
Team Badass represented at the race. Ian threw down a 5:06 in his first Half-Iron (and maybe first tri?) even with an impressive, flesh removing crash on the bike. Lauren and Matt were right around 6 hours. My friends are so fast! Really awesome and a very fun day. Hank was really mad until I let picked him up so he could watch the finish shoot. Then he had fun.
Long ride 4/1 (aka the Universe's April Fools joke):
I went out for a long ride with Missi and Inh on April Fools Day. We planned a 60 or so miler (because I insisted I wanted more mileage). It rained pretty hard that night and the road was still wet the next morning. After thinking pretty seriously about staying in bed, I got up and met up with the other two. We started riding and it immediately started raining on us. At first it was pretty light, but then there was some legitimate rain dumpage. I kept thinking about how I could get away with turning around. We had planned a route with a big hill and some massive descents, but bailed on those for safety reasons. That's right! No crazy descending on wet roads!
Finally, the weather started to clear and we were on a neat little path out by Lake Hodges. The road is pretty rough, so I asked my buddy, Inh, if he'd ever had any issues out there. Literally one minute after declaring, "Nah! Never had any flats out here!" Pssssssssssst....his rear tire was flat. Ahahahahahaha! He changed it quickly and then almost immediately flatted again. WTF?
"Did you check the tire?"
"Uh, no. Look! There's a piece of metal in the tire," Inh says and then tries to remove it with his teeth, as in his mouth was on the outside of the tire, as in he was pretty much licking the road surface. "That tastes like shit!" Missi and I were dying of laughter by this point.
|Inh with his tube carnage|
The 5th tube held and we continued on the ride. Decided to cut the day short and not tempt fate any more. Still got almost 40 miles in. Pretty awesome that we consider 40 miles to be an easy preschool ride!
To be continued...