>> Sunday, July 12, 2009
1. Hit By A Car:
Sarah, a member of the “CVA Tri Club,” was swiped by a car while biking yesterday. She’s fine, but she was pretty shook up. We spent the morning together at the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon (we biked there together), and she was struck on her way home after the race. I had been home for 10 minutes when the phone rang. I zipped down to where she was hit and brought some ice packs. Luckily, she just had a few scrapes on her ankle, leg, and arm, as well as a goose-egg on her head. I sat with her on Summit Ave for 40 minutes while the cops finished getting their info, and while she was waiting for her Mom to pick her up to take her to the hospital. Sarah got a few different scans on her head, and everything is A-OK.
The accident was actually Sarah’s fault. She tried to make a left turn without looking far enough over her shoulder to see if any traffic was coming from behind. She feels REALLY dumb that it happened, and she was REALLY lucky. This just serves as another reminder to be careful out there and to wear your helmet!!
This morning, when I hopped on Facebook, I saw Sarah’s status from last night:
2. Pro Triathlete Sighting:
On to some more upbeat news. About an hour before Sarah was hit, we were getting ready to leave the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon. We had just cheered Cynthia, another member of the “CVA Tri Club,” to the finish of her first Olympic Distance Triathlon!! Congrats Cynthia!! Anyway, as we were leaving, I spotted professional triathlete Becky Lavelle sitting on the curb. I shouted “Congratulations on your finish, Becky!” (She had just finished 3rd overall.) She smiled, waved, and said “Thanks.”
A moment later, I asked Sarah if she wanted a photo with Becky. She smiled and said yes. We turned around and asked her for a photo with us:
Becky’s taller than I had imagined...
I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with a TON of great photos of all the professionals who raced yesterday, as well as Cynthia’s first Oly, and all my friends who raced as well. Stop back tomorrow to see a bunch of great shots from this great triathlon!
3. Brick Workout Today:
This morning, I hopped on my bike for a good 32 mile ride. I did some minor hills (small rollers along the river) for the first 10 miles, then I shot down to the end of the Greenway and back.
- First 10 miles of rollers: 20.0 mph average
- Next 11 miles (flat): 20.3 mph average
- Final 11 miles (flat): 20.0 mph average at the finish
Those last 11 miles were pretty killer. They were into the (slight) breeze, and my legs were toast. I tried to push hard throughout most of the ride. I grabbed a photo when I got home, but it’s all sweaty and gross, so I won’t show you.
I spent exactly 4 minutes “transitioning” to the run: I took my bike inside, peed, had a gel and some water, threw on my running shorts, and hit the road again. Before the ride, I set out my new Brooks “Adrenaline” running shoes, and they were ready to go on a hard, fast 3 miler.
- Mile 1: 6:36. Easing into it.
- Mile 2: 6:05. Upping the pace. Legs burning.
- Mile 3: 5:57. NEARLY an all-out sprint. Nice.
- Total: 18:38 (6:13 / mile)
Nice hard run, nice negative split, little-to-no heel pain! I stretched for a while, and then rewarded myself with Chipotle. This will be my last “killer” workout before the Chisago Sprint Triathlon in 2 weeks!
4. Monkey Giveaway Reminder:
Read my last post. You can easily win some delicious and nutritious Monkey by commenting on my last post. You only have through tomorrow morning at 6 am!
So check back tomorrow morning to see if you’ve won any Monkey, and then check back tomorrow afternoon to see a photographic run-down of the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon (with all my friends and all the pros) that took place yesterday! Happy Sunday!!