Welcome to race season!
It has been a slow transition from winter to spring, but spring seems to finally be here. And if spring is here to stay for a while, so is training and race season. I have been meaning to recap the last few weeks, but am finally making the time now that my kids are on summer vacation.
Girls on the Run: This was the first season for my 2nd grader who just turned 8 to give Girls on the Run a try. She is not a real sporty kid-prefers artwork, books, t.v. and the occasional bike ride, but she wanted to try running like I do. All I can say is success! The girls met twice a week at school and not only ran, but did team building, self-esteem, and mentored one another. We drove down two weekends ago to Lincoln, Nebraska for the state GOTR event. It was definitely a bit overwhelming with almost 2000 girls, but between the face paint, hair dye, team shirts, race bibs, and friends all around my daughter had a great experience. And she exceeded my expectations by shaving time off her 5K, only walked at the water stops, and even sprinted to the finish. And now she is begging to do some fun runs this summer. As a coach and mother, I am very proud of her and cannot wait until next year.
Lucky Bucket 7K Trail Run:
I am all for fun runs, especially when trails are involved, but I definitely have more of a competitive edge. I had no expectations at the Lucky Bucket 7k trail run, but was not expecting 1300 individuals with little to no running experience who were rather scared of the extreme trail conditions. It was obvious rather quickly that most of the folks came out for the free beer which is not my cup of tea. When I race, I plan to race and then have fun. This event turned out to be a little bit of running with lots of standing around and hiking. I have learned my lesson, from now on if I sign up for these races, I will move to the front of the line so I can actually race. Trail running is super addicting when done right-downhills, uphill, water crossings, and stump jumping is all a part of it. Lesson learned-be more selective when choosing which trails races to do. For those in the midwest, check out the GOATz-Greater Omaha Trail Runners (www.irunwithgoats.com)
Kansas City Triathlon: This past weekend was my first triathlon of the season!!!! Or so I thought… I recruited some of my clients to take the road trip from Omaha to Kansas City to tackle out first triathlon. Most of my clients signed up for the sprint distance or a team tri, but I was ready for an early season Olympic distance. I was warned that storms were a possibility all weekend, but watching the radar, thought we might get lucky. Luck was not in our favor. Waiting in our wetsuits at the water at 7:30 am, the storm arrived. The race directors had us wait about 25 minutes to see if the storm would pass, but no such luck. Lightening, strong waves, wind, and rain stuck around for about an hour. The race directors made the call to cancel the race. I am not completely upset that I did not race since I feel my personal training has been lacking a bit thanks to a very long winter. Some of my clients are ready to throw in the towel and skip racing this season-I am the complete opposite. I am ready to tackle the tri’s and show them that one cancellation cannot throw me off my game. What is frustrating is that due to some politics, the Lawrence 5150 was the same day. They had the same weather, but rather than cancel waited a bit and then did a time trial bike and run. I sure wish we could have done that, but when it comes to nasty weather, safety has to be a priority.
I may not have raced, but still had a fun weekend, bonding with some like-minded athletes. And if anyone needs some motivation, my kids truly made my day when I got home from the race. They knew I did not get to race, so with a little help from dad, they gave me some special awards:
I am still in the process of figuring out my race schedule, but will for sure race at HyVee, XTerra BOLT, Wall Lake, and possibly the newly added Clinton Lake, KS 5150 and Branson Half. So keep training and see you at the races!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted on May 22, 2013, in Bike, Coaching, motivation, Races, Run, Swim and tagged coaching, cycling, Girls on the Run, midwest, Motivation, Prairie Life Fitness, races, road bike, running, triathlon. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.