LA Tri Series Triathlon

Happy Monday my friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. My weekend was awesome because I completed my second olympic triathlon on Sunday!

IMG_3985_sI am going to start by saying I went into this race with low expectations because I haven’t been training as much as I would like… especially with running. I kind of dislike despise hate tolerate running now. Something happened after the marathon, and I just can’t get back into the groove.

Anyways, this race went better than expected! I finished exactly on my goal time of 3:30:00! Cool beans.

IMG_4058_sThe swim was a little daunting at 1,500 meters because that was the longest I have ever swam open water. For the first half of the swim I couldn’t get into a rhythmic breathing pattern, and I wasn’t kicking my feet… at all. The second half of the swim went really well! There is something about seeing the swim finish banner on shore that kicks your butt into gear. My total swim time was 36:33.

IMG_4116-sBoth of the transitions went very smoothly with only a few minor glitches here and there. Yay for not knocking over expensive bikes!

IMG_4166_crop-sThe bike was a hilly 25 miles with three laps around the lake. I took the first lap nice and easy saving energy for the second two laps.  The Bear told me that I can get a triathlon bike once I can pass all of the mountain bikes during a race. Guess what?! I totally passed them all! While I am not getting a new triathlon bike next week, I am definitely in the market. My total bike time was 1:44:50.

IMG_4343-sThe run was hard… so hard. It was about 90 degrees out when I started the run, so I definitely got my sweat on during this race. I stopped to walk up a few short hills, but overall, maintained a decent pace throughout the run. My total run time was 1:06:05.

IMG_4348-sThe biggest lesson I learned during this race is that I need to train a LOT more before Silverman in October. Hills, hills, and more hills will be the name of the game over the next 5 months!

 

RnR San Diego – Bike Medic Volunteer

Yesterday I was very fortunate to volunteer at the RnR San Diego Half Marathon and Marathon as bike medic support with California Triathlon. It was my first time riding a marathon on a bike and I have to say it was pretty darn cool.
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At the start of the course, about 12 of us Cal Tri members gathered to provide assistant to runners in need. It was really neat to see all the runners jet off at the start of the race line.
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Meb, who won the Boston Marathon this year, led out the 1:30 minute pacers. Meb is in the yellow hat in the center of the photo below.image

My friend Lucy and I ended up riding with the half marathon runners, and we rode the first 8 miles with only one person in need of help. Once we reached mile 9, where the marathoners joined the half marathoners around their mile 20, everyone was hurting.  Lucy and I rode back and forth between mile 20 and 24 handing out water, salt, Gu, and spraying pain relief.

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The funny thing is, before now, I never even noticed bike medics on the course during any of my half marathons or full marathons, but boy, were we out there working our butts off!
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It was a ton of fun volunteering at RnR San Diego, and everyone was very grateful for our support. Such a cool experience!

So Cal Ragnar Relay: Team Dirrty Dozen

Over the weekend 12 strangers came together to run 194 miles from Huntington Beach down to San Diego in the So Cal Ragnar Relay. I was lucky to be part of this amazing group of runners who met at FitBloggin last year.

download_20140404_082317(Jill, Jamie, me, Debbie, Elizabeth, Kia, Carrie, Amy, Gillian, Jenica, Kathleen)

My new blogger friend, Melissa, invited me to join the group when a few people couldn’t do it any longer. I was a little hesitant at first because I’ve had so much going on lately, but I am beyond thrilled that I ran Ragnar with this group of fabulous runners.

1511384_10203612902551120_5121593984542559695_nThis two-day relay race started bright and early Friday morning at Huntington Beach. We had two vans with a group of six girls in each van. I was in van 1 which kicked off the race along the beach.

20140404_073241-smallI’d say Elizabeth had a pretty decent view for her run. :-) Being one of the most consistent runners I have ever seen, she killed her first 5.9 miler leg and ended up running the farthest out of the entire group with 25 total miles!

20140404_094356-small Amy, Team Dirrty Dozen’s captain, did an impeccably good job planning out every little detail for our group. She made us all not one, but three T-shirts and tattoos! Our vans were stocked with more food than we could ever possible eat in two days, and she even made binders with information about the run legs, maps, and restaurants close to each exchange point.

20140404_091133-smallKia kicked off the second run of the weekend. She rocked the neon green compression sleeve and took this run leg to town! 20140404_104958-small

Being the fourth runner, my first 2.7 mile leg wasn’t until late morning – my favorite time of the day to run. I really pushed myself to hold pace, and maintained a 8:38 pace. Not bad for this wannabe speed racer! I just had to do a handstand on our decorated van.

20140404_115438-smalApparently people count “kills” during these relays, which are how many people you pass during each leg. I only killed 31 people during the entire relay but my friend Gillian from That’s G killed over a hundred!!! It should come to no surprise because she can run sub 7 minute miles. Yeah, I know! I need some of her crazy juice too!  download_20140404_150533

While we were waiting for Gillian to finish her first leg, Amy and I played around with a few handstands.

download_20140404_134616Once van 1 complete it’s first set of legs, we dined on Quest bars thanks to Pasadena Nutrishop. Later in the day we stopped to share a pizza in Dana Point.

20140404_163927-smallHandstands were a big part of this weekend. Amy is a dance instructor and Kia is a yogi, so handstands come second nature to them…

20140404_163856-small… not so much for me! Look closely at the second palm tree. I was dying when I saw this picture because this is what most of my handstands resemble – me falling on my butt!!! 20140404_185908-smallAfter goofing around, we went to our second exchange point to meet with the van 2 ladies. Not only did Elizabeth run the farthest, she had the longest leg of 12 miles Friday evening. Our team was a few hours behind our projected time, because there were so many traffic delays at a few of the exchange points. One of our fastest runners, Jamie, even beat the van to an exchange point. 10173567_10102987831608313_6311754290763945340_nThis pushed my second leg out well into midnight. Luckily Gillian and I had our Halo Belt to keep our behinds illuminated! The Halo Belt was very comfortable for the entire 4.1 miles. I didn’t even notice I was wearing a belt. 20140405_052022-smallAfter our second set of legs, van 1 went to the next exchange point where we slept for two hours while waiting for the van 2 ladies to run to Carlsbad. On the way to the porta potties, I noticed this van above. It was so much fun seeing all the team themes and van decorations. Some teams got really creative!

20140405_102118-small 969982_10102987826817913_5805274138993469679_nOther teams tagged our van with magnets, stickers, and apparently aliens. I work in the aerospace industry, so this one is definitely going in my cubicle!

20140405_073059-smallAfter too little sleep, the ladies in van 1 were off on the third and final set of legs on Saturday morning. We ran through the beautiful beaches of San Diego. I really miss the beaches of my home town. While I love living in LA, San Diego will always have my heart. 20140405_074733-smallSeriously, San Diego, Seriously!!! 20140405_075336-smallI am not going to lie, I was really nervous for my last leg through Torry Pines. It had the highest elevation gain and the steepest hill out of all the legs in the relay. I went into the run treating it as training rather than a race. During the first 3 miles of the 10k, I kept a 9:50 pace for the first round of hills. That all changed when I hit the monster of a hill… 10171280_10102987832631263_4769257709175811591_n

…although this picture doesn’t do it justice, it was the hill of all hills! I ran 2/3rds of the way up to where my cousin and van mates were waiting for me. I walked the last third of the hill and then ran the next two miles to the exchange with Amy. download_20140405_110846It was surprising how good this leg felt!  I was even able to maintain a 10:30 average pace for the hardest 10k of my life! I was sleep deprived and cranky but this leg felt AMAZING!!! 20140405_103845-small

Doesn’t Gillian look incredible in the picture above? She finished strong for van 1! 20140405_103858-smallWhile Jamie, the founder of Sweat Pink, started the final set of legs for van 2, the girls of van 1 enjoy the ocean views.

download_20140405_110819 20140405_104407We stopped for brunch on our way down to the finish line in San Diego. Real food was a nice change from PB&Js and nutrition bars. 20140405_120109-smallThe eggs benedict from Cody’s La Jolla was incredible!

20140405_121623-smallThe finish line was packed with people and Ragnar goodies. 20140405_153145-small 20140405_153444-smallThey were even giving out pizza from what might be the world’s largest pizza. 1016959_10203618519331536_5141479237432336994_nFor the very final leg, the entire team came together to run across the finish line. This weekend was incredible and hard but mostly a party on wheels. I am so honored to have been able to run with these amazing ladies!

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My name is pretty rare, so it was a nice coincident to have two other Jills on the team! Don’t you just love those medals? The medal doubles as a bottle opener!

Here’s to the next relay!!!

So Cal Ragnar Relay

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! My weekend was… interesting. So apparently I live on the wrong side of the tracks because this happened on Saturday.

20140322_145742There were about 12 cop cars roaming our neighborhood because there was a break in two houses down. It was exactly like an episode of Cops!!! They even brought in the K9 unit, had guns drawn, and yelled on the microphone for the robbers to come out with their hands up. The cops did find one robber inside my neighbor’s house and another trying to escape the next block over. It was scary but I watched from the safety of my home.

Normally I don’t share stuff like this, but when does this happen!?! I’m still in shock about the whole scene. A big thank you to the Pasadena Police Department for keeping our streets safe!

Anyways… on a fitness related topic… I signed up for the So Cal Ragnar Relay with a group of 11 awesome runners/bloggers!

We will be running from Huntington Beach all the way down to San Diego in two weekends and I’m pretty excited about it.  I am also a little nervous because it hasn’t even been a month since the marathon. My body is still recovering, so I know I won’t be at my fastest. Note to self: don’t sign up for a race immediately after a marathon. Regardless, it’s going to be a blast!!!