I am BEYOND excited to share with you Josse’s race recap from her Half Ironman last Saturday. We’ve run together for almost three years now and I just think she is the absolute greatest. So stoked for her (and her sister’s) huge accomplishment!! She sure has inspired me and I might have to join her on one of these races in a few years!
Wowzers that was hard. It was very windy and a long run course but I did it and finished… Go me.
I slept okay for a night before a race. Woke up at 4:30, ate and loaded our stuff in the truck, drove the 30 mins over to Highline Lake State Park and got all of our stuff set up, used the bathroom about 10 times and before you knew it, we were getting our wetsuits on and heading to the water. Eeeekkkk was I really doing this? Thoughts of self doubt flooded my mind. “Can I really do this? Am I going to be cold in my sleeveless wetsuit? Can I swim straight? How am I going to swim with all these people? Will my wetsuit feel like it’s choking me like in practice?…. Deep breath…. Stop it.” I told myself, ‘You’ve trained hard now get through this swim and you’ll be fine. The gun went off and we were all off. The swim went perfect, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I swam straight as an arrow, my wetsuit was not even a concern, I was not cold and it all felt so natural. I loved it! Before I knew it, I was exiting the water and getting my wetsuit pulled off me. Wow, that was amazing!!
Swim time 35:24/ T1 time 6:29 (way too long but we did have what felt like a mile run up to the transition area, really only about .2 miles).
Bike- got all my bike gear on, fueled and I was off. The wind was starting to pick up more and we had bad wind 20-30 miles per hour at times and it was a constant head or cross-wind with an occasional tailwind but this made the rolling course seem even harder. With 1411 feet of climbing over the 56 miles it wasn’t a really hard course but the wind made it brutal at times. I took in fuel about every 40 minutes. My sister made this sweet potato/apple purée with salted coconut butter and butter that I had as well as UCan and they worked splendid. I felt good on the bike until the last 6 miles and then my quad began to cramp, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to run on it so I eased up on the bike and before I knew it I was back to the small fields surrounding the lake and back once again. I did take about a 2 minute potty break around mile 40, I couldn’t hold it any longer.
Bike time 3:11:17/ T2 2:17 getting faster:)
Run- now in all of my training I have always been able to run strong off the bike and although I wasn’t as fast as I would have liked, I did pass the entire time, not once was I passed. They had changed the run course last minute so we had 2 out and back with quad killing downhill on the way out and super fatiguing uphill on the way back, just under 900 feet of climbing. Plus, the course ended up almost 14.5 miles long which I knew it was going to be long when we got to the 1st turn around:/ that was upsetting. The fun thing about this course and the bike course is I got to see my sister a bunch of times, as well as cheer on people going the other way. My legs took about a mile to ease into running and then I felt great, while not as fast as I wanted but I felt good. My stomach was feeling iffy but okay at this point. Turn around #1—> the uphills were brutal, it was defiantly a speed zapper and I felt awful and my lung fatigue was unreal. Got back from the turn around and I was feeling mad that this course was going to be long. I was tired and didn’t want to run over 13.1 miles. But I started to feel good again because it was downhill. Still passing people and cheering on people going the other way. During the last turn around I took my 2nd gel and it made me SICK! Oh my, I was nauseated and starting to get light-headed, it was warm out and I was worried. My body sort of shut down but I made it through and only walked a tiny bit. After climbing the last hill and looking across the dam to the finish line I wanted to cry. I was so overcome with emotion and I knew my mom, son, brother-in-law and sister (who already finished) were there at the finish line. I picked i t up and put on a super smile and ran up the grass hill to the finish.
IT WAS AWESOME!!! 6:10:57 was my final time and I was 9th overall in the women’s and 2nd in my AG. I wanted to come in under 6 but with the wind and long run course this was good.
(JANAE NOW—> UM THAT IS AMAZING JOSSE. AMAZING)
And now I am stoked for her to recover and for us to start St. George Marathon training together. CONGRATS JOSSE!!!
***A little walk together in the afternoon and I have no idea where she gets the desire to take her video camera everywhere with her?
Side effects of your mom being a blogger.
***A date night to our goto restaurant.
***Salad bar fact —> use cucumbers for the perimeter of your plate to allow more salad to be added to your plate without falling off.
PS above man does not like cottage cheese or hard boiled eggs so I don’t know how I feel about that.
***3 breadsticks for two people. I like those odds.
Brooke’s three facial expressions that all happened within 2 minutes of each other.
***Beyond happy about everything in life.
Who has done a triathlon before? What was your experience?? What’s your strongest and weakest part out of the swim, bike and run?
What foods do you have ZERO interest in? Anyone else not like hard-boiled eggs or cottage cheese?
Have a road bike? How often do you ride it?
Do you prefer hilly courses or flat courses? Do you like the switch up of things with hills or to keep it flat and smooth?