Friday, September 25, 2015

Happy Friday - Looking Forward

I am totally copy-catting my sister today. But anyone who knew us growing up, now this is not a "new" behavior for me. ;) I always was her shadow. I've toned it down a bit over the years....

But I saw all the exciting things she has to look forward to in October, and it got me excited about my month too!

October 2-3: I am heading on my 1st "work trip" ever! I know some may snicker at this, as traveling is part of their daily job. But in nursing, it's not every day you get to fly across the country. I also want to clarify - that I realize traveling for your job is not "fun", and becomes quite exhausting. But being the wife of the one who's out of town every other week....I am really excited to be the one who's leaving town for a few days ;)

I'll be heading to Arlington, VA for a IPF Conference (that's Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis). I've been invited to serve on the team as an "ambassador", and give my input from a nursing standpoint on how our  patients work through symptom management and the therapies we place them on. I've worked really hard on the program I support, and I've excited to show my speadsheets of data and share ideas with other clinicians!

Okay, done geeking out ;)

October 14-18: I'm off to Miami, Florida with my dear Mom and Sisters for our 2nd "Girls Trip"!!! I originally was going to sit this year out, because of a lack of PTO. But I was able to squeeze in 3 days to make it happen! So excited to get some quality time with these ladies, and some sunshine!!!

October 23-25: I'm in a wedding for one of my closest girlfriends. The wedding is Gatsby Themed - and we have had so much fun planning this! It's going to be the event of the year!

In between all this, I will be squeezing in some LONG bike rides with my friend Amanda, as we train for the Tour de Tucson (which is November 21). I think our biggest ride needs to be about 70 miles. Thankfully, the weather will start to cool down and make it much more tolerable.

And Ryan and I will be training for a half marathon today. This will be his 1st half marathon, and hopefully my fastest. I've got some "speed work" on my plate these next few weeks! I'd love to get a PR in my last Tucson Marathon!

What are you looking forward to?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Lifetime Tempe Tri: My 1st Olypic Distance Triathlon

So if you've followed my blog, you'd learn that I've done the triathlon's kind of backwards. I started with a sprint tri. I then progressed to an Half Iron Man. And last weekend I did an Olympic Tri.
Usually people don't "dive" into the HIM until they feel "semi" experienced with triathlons! But I crave crazy.
Now after completing these 3 distances, I must say the Olympic Distance is amazing! It is long enough to feed my crazy. But it's short enough that I can push myself and not feel like dying afterwards!
I can drink the free "post race Michelob Ultra" ;)
Because I'm not vomiting.
(After my HIM, I was hunched over vomiting post race. For a long time.)
I have to say this race was one of the most fun races I've ever done! Just such a good weekend. I'll let the pictures tell you my story.....
Here is my bed as I packed for the race. There is so much stuff to pack for a tri. Wetsuit (which I couldn't use because the water was 83 degrees), goggles, swim suit, body glide, cycling shoes, socks, cycling jersey, bike shorts, helmet, water bottles for bike ride, sunglasses, bike bag (w/ spare tubes, pump, tools), running shoes, running hat, water bottle before run, gu packet, electrolyte chews......
Oh! And a bike!

We headed to Phoenix Saturday to drop our gear, check out the expo, and celebrate our Irish belle Mairead's birthday! We celebrated her day at an Irish pub in Tempe called Rula Bula. Great "pre-race food". I had a chicken-basil sandwich and a Blonde beer! Good carbs!
We went out for a scoop of ice cream for desert, and were back at our hotel by 7:15 pm. This was perfect to get our gear all laid out. We got all our pre-race silly giggles out, and were sound asleep by 9 pm!
I took Melatonin pre-race this time. The past few big races I've done, I haven't slept a wink. So I was so grateful for my Melatonin this time!
We were wide awake and excited by 4 am, and ready to race! We had a light breakfast of oatmeal with slivered almonds and agave nectar. Lots of electrolytes, too. We knew it was going to be in the 100's during the race. All week was spent pumping those fluids!!
Here I am at the transition! I also have to sport something "Ragnar " at every race...

I love the energy of transition! So many people! So many expensive bikes and pretty tri suits! 
We had to put a tattoo on our arm and leg for identification. Here we are sporting our "badass tat's"

Here I am getting ready for my swim! I look so naked! Was supposed to have a wetsuit. But weather changed that up! I was still out of the 1500 m swim in 38 minutes. I'll take it!

Swim was great! It was my 1st tri where I found a "rhythm". I didn't let the people grabbing my legs, arms, butt, and goggles bother me. I found a good alteration between breathing and sighting. They let about 100 people into the water at a time. Which helped space it out.
Here I am running out of the lake to my bike! I was so happy to be done with my swim!
I look really angry in this bike photo. I don't love my bike. Especially since I purchased it for $400. In opposed to most racer's $10,000 bikes.
This was taken during my last 10 miles of the bike. Much happier here!

The run was HOT. It was 102 F while we ran. Most people walked. I only let myself walk the aid stations. I grabbed ice cubes at the aid stations, and stuffed them into my swimming suit and armpits. #lifesaver. I'm going to be honest and say, I passed hundreds of people. It was pretty cool. Being a runner pays off in a tri!
I averaged an 8:40/mile pace. Nothing pretty. But for 102 degrees after biking 25 miles and swimming 1500 m, I'll take it!
Here are my finish line photos!
This was a race where when I crossed, I literally had NOTHING left!

I finished in 3:11. I really wanted to break 3 hours, but didn't. I would like to think that cooler temps would help? But I think I could have trained better. I only swam 3 times to prepare. There is always next time!
I was very happy post race and feeling super accomplished!

Here we are celebrating post race! Beers and shots of Jameson.
Next up? 75 mile bike race at the El Tour de Tucson. Tucson Half Marathon. Phoenix Marathon.
Good things coming up!