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My busy Thursday – sorry no pics!

11 Jul

I have a lot of posting to catch up on, specifically my trips to Charlotte, New York, and my big fourth of July festivities, but first I have to talk about what happened yesterday.

My morning started off better than ever. My 10:00 on-site meeting got changed to a call/webex so I was able to sleep in until 8:00 and take the call from home before going into the office afterwards. That extra sleep and WFH (work from home) time allowed me to do three loads of laundry, some dishes, straighten up and pack for my post-work activities. It was so relaxing and glorious. Plus, I rode a Divvy to work at 11:00 when the sun was shining and everything was a little less hectic. Finally, the best part was arriving at work at 11:30 and realizing it was almost lunch time!

After work I did the unspeakable. Actually, if I would have known how bad this was there’s probably no way I would have gotten through the day anticipating what I had to do.

Since my Lake Zurich Triathlon is in three short days, I had to get some open water swimming in. Last Tuesday I tried to go to the Chicago Triathlon open water clinic, like I did last year, but they were out of wet suits when I arrive so I had to face the 68 degree (at its warmest) water in just a swimsuit. Needless to say I was cold and only got in a half mile swim. Yesterday I was determined to get a full mile in since I’ll be racing at 0.93 miles on Sunday.

I wore my Craigslist wetsuit (which some onlookers pointed out is a jet ski wet suit, but it was 100% warmer than no wetsuit) and spent over an hour in the water. It was cold, but not bad (Tuesday was bad), but the water was ROUGH. I can’t believe how difficult it was to swim in that wavy water.

Anyway, I made it. And for anyone who lives in Chicago you know there’s no easy way to get home from Ohio Street Beach. It’s a good third mile walk to Michigan Avenue (to get a bus and connect to another bus to get home) and well over a half mile to get the el. Also, I was carrying a wet wet suit. So, as soon as I climbed the steps to make my decision I saw a Divvy station and decided to Divvy home. (Triathlon training…amiright?)

I made it home and had less than five minutes to change out of my swimsuit and put on fresh clothes before my friends picked me up to meet for dinner before my ukulele class. We went to Bad Apple in Lincoln Square and I got a mushroom and goat cheese sandwich with truffle oil fries. YUM. Then, I showed up about 30 minutes late to uke class (food took a while) and was surprised with a fun jam session in the Old Town School of Folk lobby with guitarists, banjo-ists (?), harmonicans (?), etc. It was fun.

Why am I telling you all about my busy day? Mostly because I’m afraid I’m going to grow a third limb from exposing myself to Lake Michigan for so long without showering right away(I showered after I Divvy’ed home from uke at about 10:30 pm). So now you guys know, if I end up with extra body parts and stop showing up in your instagram feeds, that’s why. I’m ashamed of my new lake body.

Iron Girl Pleasant Prarie Triathlon Recap

13 Aug

After the bike that broke my heart I went to the John Mayer concert on Friday night and drove up to Pleasant Prarie, Wisconsin, on Saturday!

We met at her parents’ house in Elk Grove and added her bike to my sturdy bike rack and made it about 15 miles before we saw those bikes sliding around so we pulled over and readjusted. After the adjustment we were good to go and didn’t have a single problem with the bikes! We stopped at another Craigslist house which listed a Trek 1000 for sale on their garage sale ad but it was a 50cm bike and too small for me.

After that we made it to the Rec Plex which is where the race was hosted. We were able to pick up our packets, get our bikes looked at (they filled my tires and oiled my chain!), and check our bike into our transition area (read: claim a sweet spot!!). They also had some fun vendors we shopped around at until the course talk where they went through the rules, course details, and Q&A. After that was over we headed to the hotel and made sure we had all of our equipment/clothing/supplies before we went outlet mall and Target shopping!

Before the shopping adventure began we carb-loaded at Olive Garden. I downed three bread sticks and barely touched my pasta so it’s safe to say I was carbed-up. After that we headed to the outlet mall and I was strangely disappointed. The Pleasant Prarie outlet mall is one of my favorites because I usually find great deals but I firmly believe that outlet malls are becoming way too saturated lately and now all the stores are making clothes/products just for the sake of saying they’re outlet prices. I bought some refurbished Sony headphones and a cute Bath & Body Works air freshener and Jamie got a sweet North Face jacket (true outlet price, I think) and then we made our way to Target for some Gatorade, hair ties, and other last minute purchases.

Our First Triathlon (before)

Our First Triathlon (before)

By the time we got back to the hotel, laid out all of our stuff and formulated our plan, it was nearly 11:00 and let’s be honest, that’s past my bed time on a normal night, let alone a night that we have to be up at 4:00 am. I had a hard time sleeping because I was so anxious, nervous, and excited. When we woke up at 4:00 I was actually rockin’ and ready to go!

We got to the Rec Plex at 5:00, got body-marked and set up our transition area right away. We pretty much finished getting ready by 5:20 and had more than an hour until the transition area closed and more than two hours until we actually started the race! Plus, it was 62 degrees, so we were freezing.

The cool air + warm water on the lake

The cool air + warm water on the lake

When the transition area closed at 6:30 we made our way to the beach barefoot and with one shirt for warmth that we left in the sand. The grass and pavement were so cold on our feet that we rushed to the lake shore and thawed out in the 76 degree water.

Over an hour later it was finally time to get in the water and start the race! I want to cover what I wore and what I’d do differently for each leg of the race. So here we go:

Start/swim: I wore my one-piece Nike suit, an extra sports bra, and long spandex shorts underneath. This was perfect for my swim. Plus, I got new Aquasphere goggles last week and they were awesome. They fogged up a bit, but the suction/seal was great.

T1 Iron Girl Pleasant Prarie

T1 Iron Girl Pleasant Prarie

Next time: hit start on my Garmin! I forgot to time this leg but really it was fine because it’s nearly impossible to look at your wrist while swimming. Try it. Also – get some anti-fogging stuff. I think my SCUBA teacher said toothpaste works – I will try.

T1: I kind of took my time and made sure I had everything, but everything went smoothly. I didn’t even use water to wash off my feet (we didn’t really need to) but getting on my socks was hard. I am going to research how to do that better.

Bike: Everything went smoothly on the bike! I swapped my swim cap and goggles for helmets and sunglasses but rode in my swimsuit and shorts. I DID forget to reset the odometer-thingy before the race and it’s kind of complicated to reset so I used my Garmin for time/distance and it worked fine. I was able to drink plenty of water and catch my breath on this leg and it went great. I just plan on having a better bike next time!

T2: I had been debating whether or not to switch into dry shorts for the run but I didn’t and it worked out great!

Run: Threw on my pre-pinned bib (Miami) shirt and ran off on my jello legs. Wouldn’t have done anything different here, either.

Finishing the Iron Girl Pleasant Prarie

Finishing the Iron Girl Pleasant Prarie

So how’d I do?

Great!

Iron Girl Pleasant Prarie Race Results

Iron Girl Pleasant Prarie Race Results

We did it!

We did it!

Originally my goal was to finish under two hours and I crushed that and finished in 1:37.

The race was so fun, so empowering, and so addicting! Now I’m pumped about finding more fun races. And a new bike!

Our First Triathlon (after)

Our First Triathlon (after)