The race was a cycling and eating race called Tour de Donut . I deciding not to eat any doughnuts and to hammer the ride. I used it as a nutrition test to see how my stomach would handle my liquid nutrition (Infinit) while racing hard. I took a couple pictures on my work phone but I guess I didn't store them (failure #2). The phone is a Palm Treo Pro and I don't like it. My Blackberry is still broken from sweating all over it last weekend (failure #3). I ordered parts to try to fix it. They were supposed to arrive yesterday, but the mail man didn't deliver to our house for some reason (USPS failure :-)).
Anyway, for the race, I met up with my friends Kate, Kristy. Craig, Lynette, and their son Mason. I never saw my friend Anne, but found out she took second in her age group with the donut adjusted time (she ate 11 doughnuts)! We also met up with our tri club and spent some time under their tent. You can read Kate's RR here. She knows how to work a camera so there are pictures :-). We started several hundred riders back so it took a while to reach the starting line and several miles before I could really get moving. Next year I'll start at the front with the tri club. Once I got moving, it was hard to find people to draft off of since the faster people were already ahead of me. Oh well, I train alone so I'm used to no drafting. The course was nice, except for one bumpy stretch of road, the volunteers were great and the crowd was wonderful. I felt like a rock start waving at all the people cheering as I passed :-). I ended up 94th out of 1391 finishers and averaged 19.6 mph. I didn't check my doughnut adjusted time (you get 5 minutes off for each one) because I didn't eat any. I was 27th out of 232 in my age group so over a quarter of the top 100 were in my age group. I felt strong during and after the race so the 1700 miles I've biked so far this year are paying off. I do want to take my biking to the next level and get up to a 22 mph average.
After the race was a driving failure (failure #4). I backed my car into Kristy's mother-in-law's car (failure #4). What's worse is my bike and Kate's bike were on my bike rack. I was so ticked at myself. I held it together in front of the ladies but I was so mad I wanted to scream! What a doofus. Funny thing is we had just talked about backing into other car's in the driveway since I've made that mistake before and so has Kristy. Ok, I'm done kicking myself about it and ready to move on. It looks like my bike just has a bent front wheel.. Kate's bike has two bent wheels and hopefully that's it. We'll see.
Ever feel like things just aren't going your way? Besides the failures above, while getting ready for my run, I kicked the cat's water bowl and sloshed water all over the floor and in his food bowl making a soggy mess. Arrrgghh.
Now that I got all my complaining out of the way, I took Tuesday off from swimming and took my son and his buddies to the Cardinal's game. I'm not a big baseball fan, but I do like to go once in a while (when I get free tickets). The field is always so meticulous and the new stadium (ok, it's 5 years old now) is beautiful.
|I like the arch cut into the grass
|Josh and his buddies love to get their pictures taken, not!
Next week is a recovery week in my HIM training plan and it's perfect timing. I have an Olympic distance tri at Evergreen Lake and it's a B race for me. I did the sprint distance there last year and it's a well run race. I qualified for age group nationals because most of the fast racers did the Olympic distance race. I won't be placing nearly as well at the Olympic distance.