Ironman 70.3 World Championship Race Report

It has been a while since I’ve shared a race report here, but considering this was my biggest race yet it needs to be documented. It’s taken me over a week to actually process and reflect on this race. In a nutshell it was my worst race in terms of finishing time and yet the best experience I’ve had in my 7 years in the sport and 4th 70.3. I didn’t come close to any of my “A” or even “B” goals, but I finished despite some hurdles (particularly on the bike) and I’m pretty darn proud of that.

I arrived to Port Elizabeth after 30 hours of travel on Thursday, less than 48 hours before the start of the race. Unfortunately there was a backlog of bikes stuck in Johannesburg and my bike didn’t arrive until the next afternoon. By the time I picked it up from the airport on Friday and returned to my hotel, I had only a couple hours to put it together and get it checked in. I wasn’t able to take it out for a test ride, which may have contributed to the issues I would have on the bike during the race.

After arriving on Thursday, I met up with some of my Betty Squad teammates for photos, athlete check in and the opening ceremony dinner.

It was pretty awesome to find my name on the wall with all the other competitors. There were 4,500 total from over 40 different countries. Pretty amazing to be among the best in the world. Friday we checked in bikes and our run bags. I had a pizza/pasta carb load dinner with my Betty sister Melissa and her daughter and the hugest brownie ever! Then it was off to bed. I was surprised how well I slept that night.

RACE DAY:

Alarm went off at 5am. Had my usual pre-race breakfast, peanut butter toast with banana. I FaceTimed with my husband and twin boys who were getting ready for bed with the 9 hour time difference and was surprised how calm I felt. My roommate for the trip, Raya, who I met through Instagram (love how I’ve made so many friendships through social media) and I headed out to catch a shuttle to the start. I did a quick tire pressure check in T1, snapped a few pics with friends and before I knew it, it was time to head to the swim start.

THE SWIM: current PR 46 minutes / goal: sub 45 / actual ~ 50 minutes. The ocean temperature was 58 race morning, a pretty big dip from 62 degrees the day before. There was no warm up allowed race morning, so it took me a little longer to get warmed up after entering the water. They sent us off in age group waves of about 10 at a time. I was stoked to find my Trek Bikes teammate Meredith in my wave. We had planned to start together. We were in the 2nd to last group to enter the water within our 35-39 (the larges) age group (wave 4). I managed to hang with the pack in front of me for the first 400 or so meters, but by the time I reached the first turn buoy at 800m I lost Meredith and the pack had thinned way out. I felt like I was swimming all alone which freaked me out. I let panic set it. For the next 300m to the next turn back to shore I stopped way too many times. It took a pack of green caps catching up to me from the next wave to calm me enough to get my rhythm back. I knew a PR wasn’t going to happen and was just happy to get out of the water before the cutoff time which is shortened to 1 hr for Worlds. The best part was the wetsuit stippers who took my wetsuit off for me in seconds.

THE BIKE: current PR = 3:04, goal: sub 3, actual ~ 3:58. There was a decent climb right out of T1 and a strong headwind that lasted for the first 25 miles. I tried not to worry about all the girls passing me. I told myself that although I usually pass more people on the bike, this was Worlds. I was racing myself. But I was struggling big time and going way slow (10-11mph) which is wayyyy slower than I usually avg even riding into headwind. I knew something was up when I heard a strange noise. I pulled over to inspect at the mile 15 aid station and sure enough my front brake was rubbing. I’m not sure how long it had been rubbing, but pretty sure it was for most of those first 15 miles. I fixed it as quickly as I could and got back out on the course. As we reached the coastline there were some scary descents I took more cautiously than I would have liked. Then on the way up a decent sized hill just before the turnaround my chain dropped. Off the bike I went once again. I tried to get it back on quickly, but still cost me a good few minutes. A couple miles later just as I made the u-turn to head back my back break got stuck and I couldn’t peddle. I jumped off the bike once again and this time I couldn’t hold in the tears. At this point I was so frustrating with all the mechanicals I was shaking. A nice volunteer noticed and came over to help. He wasn’t sur if the rules allowed him to physically assist, so he talked me through what to do to fix the issue. I seriously might have never finished that bike course if it wasn’t for him. I wish I had gotten his name. Thankfully there were no more issues after this point and we now how a nice tailwind, so I was able to make up a chunk of lost time. I decided to just take in the views and enjoy the rest of the course as much as possible, while making sure I made it to T2 well before the cutoff.

THE RUN: current PR = 2:08, goal: sub 2, actual ~ 2:15. The run was mostly flat with a moderate hill at both ends of the two loop course. I had been out on the bike course longer than anticipated (1 hour longer!) so I didn’t have enough nutrition to set myself up for a strong run. I try to take in about 300 calories per hour. I drank coke at every aid station which worked for me at Santa Rosa (my current run PR). At that point my stomach couldn’t handle gels or food. The energy from spectators, Betty Squad and instagram friends was all I needed. I just tried to take it in as much as possible and get to that finish.

The last 5k was a struggle, but thankfully my friend Conrad (who was racing in the men’s race the following day) appeared with 2 miles to go and ran with me a bit which was just what I needed to finish strong. As I rounded the corner to the red carpet I was overcome with a huge swell of emotion. I gave high fives to the line of spectators cheering, my eyes filled with tears. Crossing that finish was truly the most amazing feeling I’ve ever experienced. I did it! I was a World Championship Finisher!

Total time: 7:14:09.

This was the slowest 70.3 finish out of the 4 I have done, but without a doubt the most memorable and special.

It was amazing to have so many friends and teammates there to celebrate with after since my family didn’t travel with me.

The next day a few Betty Squad teammates and I headed out for a full day Safari. It was incredible! Bucket list item checked off!

The following day it was time to say goodbye to South Africa. I made sure to pack plenty of my favorite Stryve Biltong protein snacks for the 30 hour plane ride back home. Biltong is a favorite in South Africa and packed with protein to aide in recovery.

It was truly an amazing trip and experience that will live in my heart forever!

Special thanks to the sponsors whose support helped make this journey possible:

Stryve Biltong for fueling me with the best protein.

Scicon for the only bike bag I trust transporting my bike in.

Betty Designs for making me look badass and beautiful in my Worlds race kit!

Wahoo Fitness for the amazing KICKR that prepared me for those tough hills during long training rides conveniently at home.

Jaybird Sport for providing me with the best wireless headphones to power me through long training runs.

Rudy Project for protecting my head with the best helmet out there.

Women for Tri for the opportunity to race my first and definitely not last World Championship.

Molo XO

Christina

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ORB Wellness Sleep Complex Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ORB Wellness. All opinions and text are my own.

In my last post (sorry it’s been awhile!) I opened up about my battle with anxiety off and on over the years. One of the side effects of living with an anxiety disorder is periods of severe insomnia. As we know, sleep is super important to function like a normal adult. It’s especially important for athletes who want to perform at their best.

I’ve tried various things to help me get a good nights rest. Everything from shutting off electronics 30 minutes prior to bed to playing peaceful music, but during this period of intense training, I need more to insure I get that quality sleep which is why I was excited to give ORB Wellness Sleep Complex a try.

ORB Wellness is different from other sleep aid supplements in that it delivers essential nutrients, minerals, and compounds via a dual delivery system and an exclusive time-release technology.

It provides Melatonin, Valerian and essential oils to help you fall asleep and stay asleep and then vitamin B-12 via time-release technology to provide energy support when you wake up. No more groggy feeling you get from other sleep supplements.

I’ve been taking ORB Wellness nightly about 30 minutes before going to bed for the past couple weeks and have definitely noticed a difference in not only how quickly I fall asleep, but how much more RELAXED I feel when closing my eyes after hitting the pillow. I had no idea just how tense I was in bed until I wasn’t anymore.

I’ve been tracking my sleep for the last month or so via my Garmin watch. I average about 7-8 hours a night (although this last week was 6 due to being up with a sick toddler). My average time “awake” has gone down. Meaning the amount of time it takes to fall asleep has improved and less waking up in the middle of the night.

Before starting ORB Wellness Sleep Complex:

After starting it:

It’s still too early to judge the long term benefits and it’s not recommended to take this supplement continuously for more than 8 weeks at a time. I will continue to take ORB Wellness for a few more weeks through my training for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships and keep you all posted on any developments/improvements with my sleep patterns and if it’s affected my training/racing.

If you are interested in trying it for yourself, ORB’s Sleep Complex is available online for 39.99 or at your local Costco for 28.99. If you give it a try, let me know what you think!

Happy dreaming!

XO

Christina

#IAMLIMITLESS in 2018 and beyond

It’s been a rough end to 2017 and beginning of 2018 with the natural disasters (fires & mudslides) in my area. Thankfully my family is safe, but I haven’t escaped the effects of the devastation. It’s hard for me to put into words the heaviness I’ve carried in my heart. It’s made it difficult to stay excited and focused on my goals for the 2018 triathlon season.

When Fit Approach invited me to partner with Gixofit for the #IAmLimitless campaign it couldn’t have come at a better time. I wasn’t looking to make any resolutions for 2018, but I do have goals and changes I’ve been striving to make a permanent part of my lifestyle. The word LIMITLESS just really resonated with me.

Anxiety, whixh I’ve battled with for years, slowly begin to rear it’s ugly head again. It got so bad I ended up in the ER (as shared in this recent Instagram post) on New Year’s Eve. In the past I would let anxiety take me to a place where fear took over and would stop doing the things I loved. I REFUSE to go down that path again. I worked too hard to get where I am today….listening to the desires in my heart and acting on them, rather than staying stuck somewhere I am unhappy and letting the fears in my head rule.

This blog follows my triathlon pursuits. I believe triathlon (along with my husband and family) are the reasons I’ve been able to overcome anxiety and limitations (which all stemmed from fear). I overcame my fear of open water swimming, sharks, riding a bike on the open road, and probably the biggest thing holding me back… fear of FAILURE.

I went to film school and earned a degree in Screenwriting. Rather than following my dream of becoming a writer and penning a screenplay that would someday make it to the big screen, I took the safer route and got a job at an agency. I spent years working my way up the ladder and settled for a career I was not happy with (although I tried to convince myself I was). I realize now I had convinced myself I wasn’t a good enough writer, I’d never make a living or become successful at it…I was scared I would FAIL, so I never even tried.

I have since learned through triathlon that I AM LIMITLESS despite my fears and that it doesn’t matter if I fail. I DNF’d my first 70.3 attempt. In the past I would have been ashamed to admit this and would have moved on to something else silently. Hell I might have never even attempted one…it took 5 years in the sport to work my way up to believing I could do that distance.

I didn’t let that “failure” stop me from pursuing my passion. Less than 6 months later I attempted a 70.3 again and it was one of the best races of my life… setting the tone for an amazing 2017 season where I set new PR’s and competed at the USAT Age Group Nationals. Overcoming that failure helped me to really believe that I was LIMITLESS and could achieve anything.

I’m taking that attitude and mindset with me into 2018. I have even bigger goals and dreams now. I want to make it to the 2019 70.3 World Championships in France and complete a full Ironman in 2019. 2018 is about continuing the journey to these goals and putting in the work while knowing I CAN and WILL achieve them.

I even believe I can get to the ultimate dream of KONA and on a more personal level, I have plans to complete that screenplay that I’ve held onto for almost 20 years and actually do something with it.

What perceived limits have held you back?

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gixofit and Fit Approach . The opinions and text are all mine.

prAna Review

Fall has finally arrived in California which means it’s time to bring out the cozy sweaters and yoga pants. When I’m not wearing Lycra, you can usually find me in a pair of yoga pants which is why I jumped at the opportunity to try the Caraway Tight and Rockaway Jacket from prAna’s fall collection.

Since I mostly talk about my triathlon training on this blog, you may not know I’m a 200 hr RYT certified yoga instructor. Although not teaching a regular class at the moment, I do make it a point to incorporate yoga into my training…even if it’s just 10 minutes a day. I wore the Caraway Tights while practicing yoga a few times this past week and they were so comfy I didn’t take them off the rest of the day. They are snug in all the right places.

The Rockaway Jacket is equally as cozy. It’s a fleece jacket so wasn’t quite cold enough for me to wear it very long, but when the temps drop more as we head into winter, I see it as a go to jacket for everyday use whether heading to a yoga class, running errands or dropping the boys off at school.

Aside from the style and comfort of their clothing, I love that prAna offers sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp items. It doesn’t stop there. prAna prioritizes giving back to communities all over the world. I love that their mission is to give people the option to reach into their closet and dress in items that reflect who they are.

More than ever, people just like you and me are seeking ways to spread positivity in our country and one way we can do that is by investing in more organic cotton products made by companies like prAna.

Have you ever seen the way that organic cotton is made or manufactured? I had no idea what a positive impact it can make to the planet until I watched this: http://www.prana.com/life/sustainability/why-organic-cotton-matters

Interested in trying prAna for yourself or giving the gift of prAna this holiday season? Use code FFCEF17 for 15% off any purchase here through November 22, 2017.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PrAna . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Mizuno Wave Sky Review

When I first started running consistently again 7 years ago I didn’t know the importance of choosing a good running shoe. I wasn’t fitted at a specialty running store and didn’t do any kind of research. I was familiar with one brand, Nike. I remember clearly marching into the ginormous Nike store at the Santa Monica Promenade (I was living in LA at the time) and buying the coolest, most expensive looking purple shoes from some young, hip college student who probably had no idea how to fit me for a proper shoe.

After my first half marathon later that year and many blisters and lost toenails later, I realized maybe Nike wasn’t for me. Since then I’ve tried several different brands and types of running shoe and even went back to Nike at one point. All the options can be overwhelming and I’m still no expert on running shoes, but I do know now what does and doesn’t work for me. I’m a neutral pronator, so a neutral shoe works best for me.

For the last 6 months I’ve been running in the Hoka One One Clifton 3. Partly because they are a Team Betty sponsor, but mostly because they are super comfortable and keep my feet happy. It would take a pretty special shoe to get me to switch at this point, but I may have found a close contender in Mizuno’s new Wave Sky.


I recently had the chance to test out the Mizuno Wave Sky through my partnership with Fit Fluential and must say I’m super impressed. I wasn’t expecting to like them as much as I do. I was surprised by how comfortable and soft they are. I usually get blisters when breaking in a new shoe, but not in these. In fact, they didn’t really require any breaking in at all.

I was so impressed I wore them at Nite Moves, a weekly 5k race, last week and they were super responsive. Felt like I was flying on clouds! Although I’m not ready to give up my Hoka’s for long runs, I do plan to keep the Wave Sky in the rotation, specifically for tempo runs, track workouts and shorter distance races. It might be a mental thing, but they feel better designed for speed since they aren’t as bulky.


The Wave Sky features a redesigned neutral Wave plate and optimized cloudwave® technology. It has the most u4icX foam of any Mizuno shoe making it very cushy and smooth.

The Wave Sky is available from retailers nationwide.

This is a sponsored post written by me for Mizuno. As always, all opinions and text are my own.

Hydro-Inertia Workout

As a triathlete and runner, strength training is an important part of my training, but it’s also one of the areas of my routine I’ve let fall off quickly in the past. This season I’m making a big effort to incorporate 15 min strength sessions into my schedule at least 2x per week and stick to it!

I was introduced to dynamic-fluid resistance training hydro-inertia workouts recently through my partnership with Fit Approach. What is dynamic-fluid resistance training? This new fitness trend is a method of resistance training using equipment that is filled with water. I use the Surge and Kamagon Ball from Hedstrom Fitness. It forces the user to challenge both traditional exercises, as well as sport and activity specific movement patterns. As a result, this training apparetus provides a very unique challenge to the joints and stabilizing structures to resist and control the unpredictable nature of the shifting water within this device.

Below is a quick video I made demonstrating some of the simple moves you can do using the Surge. I usually perform each of the following exercises for 1min. Do 2 rounds, and take a 30sec rest in between rounds.

Join the fun and get your own Surge or Kamagon Ball! Save 25% with code SPHF25. CLICK HERE to order.

And be sure to follow me on Instagram! I’ll be sharing new moves occasionally on my Instagram story!

XO

Christina

Looking Back and Moving Forward

2016 has been a remarkable comeback season. I crushed some pretty epic goals; kicking off the season with a 3rd place age group finish in my first triathlon after giving birth, then completing my first marathon, going on to take a 2nd place age group finish at my next sprint tri, followed by my first age group win, earning me a spot at USAT Nationals in 2017 and completing at least one race every month in 2016. This year was not all highs though. I also recorded a disappointing DNF at my first 70.3 attempt.

What really is more meaningful than all the accomplishments and failures though, is the gratitude I have deep in my heart for these experiences and the friendships and connections I have made through this sport. I had the opportunity to represent some great companies, but what I found more valuable than the products themselves is the people I met through these ambassadorships. I joined two new awesome teams for 2017: The Betty Squad and TriTats and super excited for what new adventures, friendships and opportunities 2017 will bring!

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I have solidified my 2017 race schedule and personal goals, of course, but the most important thing I reflect on every year when I get too caught up in the planning and goal setting, is to remember at the end of the day it’s about collecting moments, not medals and PR’s.

With that said, here is my schedule for 2017:

January

  • Resolution Run 5k/10k

 February

  • Super Bowl 4 Miler

March

  • Desert Triathlon – Olympic Distance
  • Solvang Metric Century (this is a maybe)

April

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 May

  • Belgium Waffle Ride (Wafer)bwr
  • Alcatraz Challenge

June

  • Santa Barbara Half Marathon
  • Breath of Life Ventura Tri

July

  • Goleta Beach Tri

August

  • USAT Olympic Age Group Nationals

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  • Santa Barbara Triathlon

September

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October

  • IM 70.3 Arizona (maybe) or possibly a fall marathon

If you will be at any of these races, please let me know! I’d love to connect!

XO,

Christina

Two Weeks til Superfrog 70.3

2 weeks until Superfrog 70.3! It’s seems like it was just yesterday that I signed up for the race and now here it is staring me in the face. I’m “trigger” happy when it comes to signing up for races (I’m already registered for Oceanside 70.3), but inevitably as the race gets nearer I start to have doubts and question why I ever signed up in the first place. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with these thoughts and considering I’ve never done a race of this distance before, it’s to be expected.

Since getting really sick a couple weeks ago, it has been a bit of a struggle to bounce back mentally and get my head back in the game. Yesterday I had a break through day and finally the confidence and excitement is coming back!

trainingI only completed 7 ½ hours of total training last week when I had 11 scheduled in my plan, but I feel stronger and more confident. I listened to my body more and took the intensity down a notch. I also did a sweat rate check and tested out my nutrition plan yesterday.

According to the Ironman website, a standard sweat check procedure is as follows:

  • Check your weight before and after training, and calculate weight loss.
  • Convert any weight loss to ounces or ml of fluid.
  • Check/measure the amount of fluid consumed during training.
  • Add the amount of fluid lost to the amount of fluid consumed to get total fluid losses.
  • Divide the total amount of fluid lost by the number of hours of training to get fluid losses per hour

I tested before/after a 45 minute run done on a warm afternoon with temps in the mid 70’s. I consumed no fluid and had a total weight loss of 2 lbs, so my total fluid loss was 32 ounces. To stay totally hydrated I would need to consume 32 ounces of fluid per hour. I definitely haven’t been replacing even close to that in my training.

I know nutrition and hydration are really important, yet I haven’t made it a priority. I also know it could be disastrous to try to “wing it” with my nutrition the way I’ve done with sprint distance tri’s, so I’ve really tried to experiment and get it down this week (better late than never right??) I incorporated salt into my long training sessions the past two weeks and I’ve noticed a big difference in my energy levels. Being a heavy sweater, I lose a lot of electrolytes in sweat and had only been using sports hydration drinks and gels to replace these. I think I must lose more salt than the average person in my sweat. I have also switched from regular Gatorade to Gatorade Endurance. During yesterday’s long ride I consumed two 24 ounce bottles of water mixed with Gatorade Endurance as well as one salt tab 45 minutes in and a Honey Stinger waffle. Then 20 minutes into my run, I took a GU Roctane gel with water. I felt like I could have kept going forever and absolutely no fatigue or muscle cramping after! Now to replicate this during my race factoring in the longer distance!

Moral of the story? Nutrition really DOES matter.

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A trip to the salon is always a good confidence booster too 🙂

Products I Use in Training:

Gatorade Endurance

Base Electrolyte Salt

GU Roctane Gels

Honey Stinger Waffles

TrainerRoad

66 Audio Wireless Headphones

Gargoyles Performance Eyewear

Less than 2 weeks to go time now! Let’s do this!

Fall into Prana

One of my favorite times of the year is when summer transitions to fall. There is something about when the crisper air sets in and it’s time to put the sundresses and tank tops away to make room for  the sweaters, jackets, jeans and beanies that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I love jeans. I have a mild obsession. I still have jeans from years ago that I don’t wear much anymore, but can’t let go of. My newest jean obsession is the London Jean from PrAna‘s new fall collection. They are my new go-to jeans. I have literally worn them almost every day this last week. Paired with the super comfy, soft Devan Henley hoodie and some booties, this is the perfect outfit for cooler fall days where the temps don’t quite reach the 70’s anymore.

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Outfit Details: Jeans|| Hoodie || Bootie || Sunnies

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This is a sponsored post written by me for PrAna. All opinions and text are my own.

 

2016 Goleta Beach Triathlon Race Report

I signed up for the Goleta Beach Triathlon literally minutes before online registration closed last Friday. I’ve done this race twice before, in 2011 my first year in this sport and 2013 before getting pregnant. It’s a fast, fun course on my home turf. I didn’t have a “training” race scheduled in my 70.3 training plan until next month. The original plan was to do a scheduled bike/run brick on Sunday. I also had a sick toddler on my hands, so thought it just wasn’t in the cards to do it, but K convinced me I should do it.

When Sunday morning rolled around I was still on the fence even though I had already paid the registration fee. K told me to go and kick some ass since it was a short race and the boys would just be sleeping anyway. He said I’d be home before they even realized I was gone and I would regret it if I didn’t go for it. I’m so grateful to have such a supportive, rational husband 🙂

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I arrived at Goleta Beach around 5:45am and was surprised to see the parking lot was almost full. The race definitely was bigger than the last time I did it in 2013. Check-in was quick and easy. Lots of support and friendly faces. It always amazes me the wonderful community of people that rally together to support local events in Santa Barbara. It was great to see so many familiar faces volunteering and cheering along the course. One of the many reasons I love this town so much.
 I found a spot at the back of the unmarked bike rack for all the people who registered late and quickly set up my transition area. Not where I usually like to be, but I had no choice as transition filled up fast. I squeezed into my old pre-pregnancy wetsuit that thankfully still fit (barely) and those old familiar pre-race jitters started setting in. I called K who assured me all was well at home and that I should just have fun and kill it out there. After he put my mind at ease, I headed down to the water for a quick warm up swim and finally felt the first twinge of excitement to do this race.
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Swim

The race started at 7:00am and I was off in the third wave. I started in the front since it wasn’t a really large group. All my training has been in a pool. The open ocean water is a completely different beast. I went in with the intention of keeping my head down and focusing on pulling hard each stroke. I ended up picking my head up to spot way too many times before reaching the first yellow buoy and definitely lost precious time. Shortly after making the turn back to shore after rounding the second buoy, I finally got into a good rhythm and managed to keep my head down most of the time. Spotting is not a drill I do a lot in the pool. Need to work that in and more open water swims! Another reminder my swim times will never improve to the level I’d like in races unless I practice more in the open water. Despite all the unnecessary spotting, I managed to improve my swim time from Superseal Triathlon in March and my previous time on this course in 2013.

Swim time: 11:45

T1: 2:20 – Took way too much time to get my wetsuit off!

Bike

The 11 mile bike course is on the Goleta Beach bike path where I do most all my rides that are not on the trainer. It’s all flat with one mini hill and a few sharp turns. Heading out of transition I was much more fatigued than I usually am heading onto the bike. I think the lack of the sleep I had the few days leading up to the race had affected me more than I realized. I couldn’t seem to find my groove and holding a 17-18 mph average was more of an effort than in my recent races. Several girls, including one in my age group passed me. I tried to hang on to them, but I just couldn’t muster up the power. Whenever I’m competing in races, I often don’t hydrate well during the bike because I don’t want to slow down at all. I’ve been practicing trying to continue to drink and reach for my water bottle while pedaling at the same time, but because I’m not on the road as often as my trainer this is something I haven’t perfected and need to continue to work on. I didn’t take one sip of water on the bike during this race. NOT GOOD!

I pulled into T-2 not totally confident how the run would go since I felt like I struggled on the bike more than I should have.
Bike time: 39:46
T2: 1:36 – wasted time guzzling water Another reason to work on hydrating during the bike!

Run

Heading out of transition I felt a burst of energy and went out a little too fast. The course is two quick 1.25 mile loops. The run is where I usually pass the most girls and I knew there was at least one girl in my AG ahead of me. I used that as motivation to run strong. Loop one was over before I knew it. My pace slowed a bit after the turnaround and I was passed by a 51 year old woman! I hope I’m still rocking it fast when I’m that age! She motivated me to pick it up again and I stayed on her heels to the finish line, passing a girl in my AG seconds before the finish and snatching 2nd place in my age group!

Run time: 19:10 

Total Time: 1:14:35 (2nd AG)

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I love this race and will definitely be back. It’s a great warm-up race for the Santa Barbara Triathlon Long Course in 4 weeks and then it’s on to Ironman 70.3 Superfrog September 25th!

 

Happy racing!

XO

Christina