>> Monday, March 09, 2015
Yesterday was the day. After challenging Lisa to a race at the YWCA of Minneapolis Indoor Triathlon (with CHILDCARE on the line for the victor!) it was time to crown a winner. I got to the race early, and saw Lisa was already warming up. We all met around Devon (my Best Friend Forever for now [BFFFN] who was announcing the race) for a photo:
Thumbs up for Laurie!
Lisa and I were just 1 lane apart.
We took off swimming. I tried to keep it a BIT easier for the first 100 because I knew I'd go out "hot" and die before the end. I kept my effort where I should have, but was pleasantly surprised to see a 1:23 as my first 100. I knew that'd slow to around 1:30, but I wanted to try to keep it strong near the middle.
A lovely photo of me swimming...
... and a lovely photo of Lisa swimming.
BLATANTLY reaching over the lane lines to attack me! I call foul!
Laurie told me after the race that she made sure to get photos
when Lisa lapped me. Thanks Laurie. Thanks.
Taking a breath, trying to figure out what the commotion was...
... and getting ready to go under and push off for my "final" lap.
Normal T1 stuff. But I was less dizzy. Huh, I wonder if swimming more has helped with that?
Socks on, shoes on, off and running to the bikes.
"Miles" is in quotes because these spin bikes basically go by RPM. Lisa and I agreed to set our bikes to a resistance of 12 (right in the middle of the 0-24 scale) so it would be a LITTLE more like "actual" riding, and not just crazy free spinning at 150 RPMs.
Devon showing that his alliance was truly with me.
Showing it even more. (With Joshua R in the background, who later had nice things to say about me.)
Trying to recite the first 40 digits of Pi, and having a little trouble around 35.
I looked through my swim splits and fessed up to Lisa and Devon: "Hey guys, look at my splits: 1:23, 1:30, 1:31, 1:32, 1:31... 0:50!" Lisa's first reaction was thinking that I swam an EXTRA lap and that I was still very close to her. But I said "Nope, Kym pulled me out of the pool when I thought I had 1-lap left, and it turns out I DID have 1-lap left." Oh the drama. Lisa joked that I should give her a 2 lap "cushion" on the track for that.
Sweatiness at 140 RPMs.
Our final wave of the day, all on the bikes.
I jumped off my bike, NEARLY turned my already weak ankle on the spin bike frame, and was off and running.
RUN: 5K: (25 laps on a 200 meter track)
I took off and felt FAST and yet EASY. I kept a cool head and didn't blow it up right away.
1-lap in (I think).
Passing Lisa. I have more questions about this photo than I have answers. Whoa.
I passed Lisa twice more, and finished about 4.5 laps (over a half mile) in front of her. But before the finish, Pharmie and the boys appeared at the edge of the track!! I saw them come in with 5 laps left, and then I got a high-5 from Henry on my final 4 laps:
My cute family.
Henry ready to give a big slap!
Henry ran over to give me some more high-5s and a hug after I finished:
A sweaty guy, and me and Henry.
Thanks for the cheers, big guy! (I was trying not to fall over.)
Every woman likes to have a photo of her butt put on the internet, right?
I thought she was excited because she was done, but it turns out she had one more lap.
Post-race sweaty hug / awkward handshake.
One of the 2 things I like about Lisa is that she's just as awkward as I am in photos.
Officially a win by 4:03. (Well, "winning" over Lisa. Probably 2nd place overall.)
• My 8:15 swim was for 550, so that'd be right at 9:00 for 600, or 1:30 pace. That's 2 seconds faster / 100 than I swam last year at the indoor tri when I only swam 400!
• My 19:08 bike was right where I predicted it'd be off my time from last year. I predicted 19:35 in this post last week. (This is 37.63 mph. JUST like road riding...)
• I gave no prediction of my run because I REALLY didn't know what to expect. I've done just a few speed workouts since September, and NO brick workouts. AT BEST, I think I was hoping for around 6:00 pace (18:38). So to have run 5:54 pace was THRILLING!
• After the race, my sacrum/hip injury felt OK. I cooled down for a bit and stretched a little. I didn't mention anything here on my blog, but it acted up a little after a shorter, moderate run with no big effort last Tuesday. So it's been achy since then. We'll see how it feels over the next few days. NO running for me for a few days, and then I'll pick it up slow.
Lisa was gracious in defeat, and didn't seem to make it a big deal that I ended up swimming 1 less lap. But really, it would have felt better to beat her legally. I feel like Devon might have to weigh in on the "1-lap too few" controversy ("Pool-gate?" Lap-gate?" It needs a title), so keep an eye on his blog to see if he does.
Oh, and just for Devon, here were some of my "house husband" duties post-race: at home, I made sausage patties, a spiral-cut ham, broccoli, green beans, a baked German apple pancake, wheat rolls, and about a dozen pancakes:
Frying sausages, cooking broccoli, and glazing the ham in the upper left;
and the ham and baked German apple pancake in the upper right.
Back with more photos shortly. Lisa, as per our agreement, get ready to babysit the heck out of my boys as Pharmie and I enjoy a night out! Or a long workout. Or a "long workout." **wink wink**