Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mooseman - Eagleman DOUBLE Part One

I have something to admit.  My coach thought I wanted to try this 70.3 double because he thinks I like to race a lot but in reality it's the pre - race breakfast feasts that I love.  I'm a fatty!
For the Mooseman breakfast extravaganza Dan and I went to Gilly's in Bristol, NH with our good friends: Eric, Josh, Sebi, Dianna and my little sister Deidre. Dan pretty much showed me up on the pancake eating contest knowing he wouldn't have a chance against me in the little race the next day.

When we finished cramming our guts with as many carbohydrates as we could handle we walked across the street to cheer my Dad on who was competing in the Mooseman Olympic. It was down pouring throughout the entire race but almost every athlete we saw go by had a smile on - including my Dad who looked great! He ended up second in his age group despite some cramping in his calves and the misfortune of having his run gear float away in the pond that was T2 after a day of heavy rain.

We woke Sunday to face more rain! Yay for me! I love racing in the rain especially when it's also predicted to be a high of 59. :)  Maybe that's because I have a few extra layers. Note to self: less pancakes more training.

Aquasphere, Zoot Prophet Wetsuit Swim Report:

Bam! The Gun went off and for 5 minutes I have Magali's feet and then at exactly 5:01 they are gone. Where did they go? Darn for me and all my slow twitch fibers. I  took a quick look ahead and behind and tried to separate myself from the few girls behind me without luck.  I came into T1 in about 27  minutes with Leslie Patterson hot on my heels.  T1 was interesting due to the cold (the cold that I love....) but a very kind volunteer (or two or three) managed to disentangle me from the wonderfully fast zoot prophet wetsuit.

Felt DA, Garmin 910XT Bike Report:

Bam! Bam! Splat! There go my quads. Haha. Just for a few minutes though and then they felt great! After all, it was raining and 50 degrees out. :) I remembered to eat frequently because that can generate some heat in this kind of weather.  I also remembered to eat frequently because I am a fat kid at heart and I actually have a hard time resisting my Peanut Butter GU's.  The are so delicious I would eat them for dessert.  So I spent the bike eating PB GU and chasing Leslie Paterson who seemed to be sprinting up every hill.  Just when I thought I was closing she would pull away.  More GU! Go get Leslie! More GU!  I also made a point to watch the Watts closely per the boss.

Zoot, SPY, GU Run Report:

I came into T2 with Leslie and unfortunately she took off a little quicker than I did. The fingers would not cooperate! Despite pleading my fingers were down for the count. I had to try and stomp into my shoes like a two year old having a temper tantrum and after the fifth try I finally got those little buggers on.  Next up on the T2 list was taking a few bites of my banana to ward off muscle cramps. I HATE bananas but you will force feed yourself this fruit if you have ever experienced a cramp in your butt cheek as did my good friend Myles Chase. The story scared me so much that I will never leave T2 without this magical fruit.  Make sure to visit his shop in Laconia and get the first hand story of the unfortunate cramping in his posterior.  Okay enough about Bananas and butts! I love the run because I finally get to experience some human contact. As much as I like starting off in the first wave it get's lonely out there. I loved running along and seeing my friends all having great days. Yay for my husband, Danny, my friend, Sean Snow, Roger Thrall, my little fast sister Deidre Cullen, Mary Holt-Wilson, Ryan Kelly, Regi Rymes, John Rymes, Dan Frisch, Steve Reed, Lisa Ransom, Josh Cleland, and Eric Gattie. Lot's of energy on that run course.  And except for my tour of the port-a-pottys the run went smoothly and I finished up in Fourth.

Immediately post race I went through a solid recovery protocol because Eagleman 70.3 was in 7 days....Race report to follow!

Thank you to all my wonderful sponsors, first and foremost ZOOT, and the boss KURT PERHAM!

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