13 Apr 2010

First Race of the Season!

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Podium!

Podium!

Our season of competition has begun, for some of us.  For many it looms in the near future, and thus our workouts are becoming a little more intense, combining workouts into bricks and intensity with hill climbing.   For the non-competitive but active lifestyle oriented folks, the season has dawned to get the bikes out of the garage and onto the trails or get our feet into our hiking boots and into the hills.  We are all getting outside and moving our bodies more and more, I’m so happy for all of us!
My first race was rather impromptu, for I normally volunteer as the first aid/chiropractor/ART provider at all the EX2 Adventure Races that Jim Harman puts on from March through November, not allowing me to participate normally before all the tight and jarred up bodies line up at our recovery tent for care.  But my husband and I had to do a brick this weekend anyways (for those who don’t know what a BRICK is, it is combining 2 sports back to back in order to train your legs for your future race ie bike and then run, or swim and then run.)  So this being a trail running race, Pierre and I decided to bike semi-hard for 40 minutes just before the race started, transition at the car throwing our bikes on top and jamming on our running shoes, and then running to the start line as the race began, running hard off the bike.  I can highly recommend this training technique to anyone who has a duathlon/triathlon in the season, you will never run as hard off the bike as you would in a race following a good ride.
A brief description of how I felt.  I ran so awesomely fast for the first mile, my feet were flying and my legs felt light and feathery, I couldn’t believe I was not far behind Pierre and thought to myself, THIS ROCKS!  I looked down to check my heart rate though, and perhaps that was a bad idea, because it registered 180 bpm.  That would be my threshold that indicates lactic acid is quickly accumulating in my muscle tissue at a faster rate than my body can recycle it back out…. and I thought to myself “SELF, I didn’t know I could run this fast this hard and feel this great”  when all of a sudden I got the answer, “OH, I CAN’T.”  and quickly decelerated with that crashing feeling!  Your typical first race of the season mistake, I went out WAY to hard with MUCH too much enthusiasm and paid the ultimate price in developing a huge stomach cramp.  Darn those cramps.
Well, I was easily passed by a lady who carried on at a much faster rate than me for the TEN mile distance while I limped to the five mile finish line in cramp style.  Though that is not an excuse for why a friend of mine (hi Chris!) passed me with a mile to go.  If I had known it was him, I would have definitely gone for it, cramp or no cramp, for darn sure.  Chris beat me by 8 seconds, but next time he is going DOWN!!!
I did win the women’s 5 mile, which is truly an honor because these women are FAST!   I recommend everyone check out Jim Harman’s EX2 Adventures; come on out and have fun participating in these amazingly well organized races!!!
The Team: Hard at work post-race!

The Team: Hard at work post-race!

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