OBX 70.3 Race Report: Part 3 Run🏃♀️💗
📷: @bkc140.6 .
When I was a single sport runner, the half marathon was my distance of choice. I planned. I prepped. I raced. The half was my 'A race' and I did my best to improve each time.
One of the biggest areas of growth for me as a 'runner who bikes and swims' kinda triathlete, was understanding how my run would evolve after 🏊♀️ or 🚴♀️ or both immediately before. Because I had a crap last leg of the bike, I ended up spending the first mile of the run putting my head on straight. Lost some time, but necessary. (Another motivation to tame the bike as it will lend to an even better run for me.) It was close to 85°F during the run, so my plan was to keep an even pace and hydrate like a boss at every 💧 stop (which were every mile on this out and back course through some very nice water front neighborhoods and a shaded walking path). Followed this plan to the finish with the ❤ and support of my crew every couple of miles. Passing some fellow competitors along the way helped my confidence and I ended up with a nice run (which could have been faster, but I stayed conservative to finish feeling good and strong.) Awesome race in OBX and hopeful to compete again next year! A good overall experience for my first real 70.3 race!!
So, this @coeursports kit is my lucky kit. Ended up with AG first place! Every time I've worn this kit this year, I've gotten an AG placement! (4/5) It's full of good energy!! #heartandcourage#goodenergy .
Race and training fuel: UCAN @genucan
OBX 70.3 Race Report: Bike 🚴♀️
Part 2 . 📷: @bkc140.6 .
So, I have professed my 💗 💗 of running many times previously and have a newly found affection for swimming, but....the bike? Well, the bike and I have yet to fully understand one another. .
This is a two loop course, well marked and well marshalled. Riders traverse the long bridge over the sound 4x, which is really a beautiful view over the water (only saw 3 dead seagulls..apparently, they get hit on this bridge often). Super flat, riders go through some small town beachy neighborhoods, with two rather sharp turn-arounds (normally I'm not a fan of cones on course, but these weren't a bother). I did see a random #blacklab strolling down the road on loop 2, looking like he had just taken himself swimming. His humans were no where to be found. .
Loop 1 was good. Good feels, good power, good speed. Even passed a few female competitors. Loop 2 was less bueno. Less power, less speed, less good feels. I got passed a few times. Legs were just getting worked over pretty good, shoulders and back feeling sore and felt the need to stand and stretch on the bike fairly often. Upon reflection, I'm chalking those last 15 crap miles to lack of bike endurance. Not enough 50+ mile rides and just not enough saddle time overall. Not saying my training left me underprepared, just general newbie-ness in the saddle. I certainly learned a ton and plan to hammer a better bike next time. 🚴♀️👊💥
Every step and misstep is simply a process of gathering information about yourself. It's not inherently 'good' or 'bad'. We are simply living, breathing experiments of one (n = 1, for my science-y friends).
Your husband may give up soda and lose 5 pounds in 2 weeks.
Your friend started eating paleo / vegan / raw / cabbage soup diet.... and she seems pretty happy now.
That A-list celebrity, what's-her-name, was on the runway looking fabulous 12 seconds after she delivered her baby...via c-section...that she performed herself... 😝.
Everyone is unique. Everyone is dealing with their own circumstances, genes, medical history, likes, dislikes, allergies, gut health, schedules, and metabolism. What worked for so-and-so might not be what works for you or your body.
Who cares that you have found 10,000 diets that don't work for you? You can still find a way to nourish and move your body that DOES work!
Let's break all kinds of rules and do a Throwback on a Wednesday 😲
This was a whole year ago, me the girl who never took a dance class in my life, decided to dance my way through August 💙
Now you won't see huge physical changes in my transformation pics because fitness is a part of my life- I'm pretty consistent with that. My nutrition focus fluctuates a bit and I do like to try different things #ExperimentOfOne ✌🏼
What I do know is, I NEEDED an emotional transformation last year. I was coming off the post show "high", my body was changing and quite frankly I was confused as to what direction I should go AND who I should go with. I lacked focus and I was completely unmotivated to workout...so I decided to do something wayyyyy out of my comfort zone and dance. I fell hard for this program and as you know- I became an instructor not too long after. 💙
I have certainly found my way and my tribe, I'm exactly where I need to be. 💙
So I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. It doesn't matter where you are in your fitness journey- newbie or veteran just do it!!
Need help or some direction let me know, I'm here to help!