Here are some May highlights:
May 5: first century of the year
I rode up the coast with Lauren and Matt for my first 100 miler of the year. It was flat until the halfway point, where I climbed up a MONSTER hill. It was, by far, the steepest hill I've ever climbed. Average of 18% grade, with sections of 22-24%. When I first saw it, I turned back around and heading in the opposite direction. Then, thought F it! I'm gonna climb that f-ing hill! Did it, even though there were times when my bike felt as if it was vertical and I was going to fall off the back. Gotta admit, I felt pretty badass afterward.
May 19: San Diego Century
The San Diego Century was actually 105 miles this year. We started at MiraCosta College and rode out to Ramona (big hills!) and then back to the coast and then to the start site. Team Badass was well-represented and we all had a blast. Took it pretty easy and stopped at the aid stations to regroup, snack and chat.
|Team Badass getting ready to ride|
|Inh has a flat! Of course he does and of course I'm laughing at him!|
|Team Badass at an aid station. Getting closer.|
May 25: Pop up picnic
Okay, so not training related, but super, super fun. We participated in a flashmob style picnic. The location was secret until 2 hours before the event started, everyone had to dress in white and bring everything except for the tables, which were provided. We had a group of 14 and made a feast!
|Luke and Ash|
We decided on a shorter ride last weekend, since we had just done the century the weekend before. Remember Honey Springs? We did it at the end of 2011 and back then, I thought the big Honey Springs climb (7 miles long) was terrible, horrible, super hard and almost undoable. This, time, though, it was cake. Well, still long, but not too bad. We missed our buddy and teammate, Inh, though.
|We made it!|
May 28: Swim breakthrough
It's no secret that swimming is my least favorite in the holy trinity of swim/bike/run. I've gotten back on the swimming horse after slacking a lot, though, and I'm feeling better about it. Nothing was working for a while, so I purchased an audiobook to listen to while I swim. Definitely helping! Doesn't hurt that the main character is a cop named Lucas (yeah, those of you who know me understand). I'm a sucker for a hot guy in uniform! Hahaha
Yesterday, one of my friends organized a Memorial Day mini-tri (by min, she meant less than a full Ironman. Team Badass is CRAZY and I love it!). The plan was to swim about 1.2 miles in Ventura Cove, bike 56 and then run 13. Yep, a half-Ironman for fun. Well, I woke up tired and not wanting to swim. Still, got my stuff together, the car loaded and then somehow wasted a bunch of time so I was running late. Got to the start site about 20 minutes late and the others were already swimming. Aren, a Team Badasser, was watching everyone's stuff from the shore. He's a great swimmer and has coached in the past, so instead of swimming, I picked his brain about swimming stuff. It turned out to be very helpful. When everyone finished, the girls got ready to ride. I rode with Michelle, who just started riding and we had a leisurely ride on bike paths around Mission Bay. Nice and relaxing.
During the ride, I had resolved to swim. Once back at the car, I began the wetsuit struggle and got in the water. It was a bit murky and the kelp was kinda creepy, but I put my head down and went for it. There was no freaking out or swimming way off course or stopping or any of the normal crap I do in open water swims. Normally it takes me about 32 minutes to swim 1 mile but yesterday it only took me 26 minutes! Not sure how, but maybe I finally experienced the wetsuit advantage. Definitely motivating. I need to OWS once a week until Vineman.
Multiple long runs with my Hank
Love running with my boy! The pig ninjas have started eating homemade dog food and love it! And, they still have more than enough energy for long runs. Hank is pretty proud, because people stop to pet him/scratch his butt/comment on how fit he is whenever he's running. Okay, mama is pretty proud, too.
Still Paleo, still loving it, still have lots of energy for Ironman training! Anyone who tells you endurance athletes have to eat bread and pasta doesn't know what they're talking about.
What's up next:
More centuries, lots of swimming and some huge runs. I have also started planning my post-Vineman races, so I don't get fat/lazy/sad with the post-IM blues. Signed up for my first ultra in October and another century in September.