Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reily Center "Biathlon" (actually aquathlon)

I woke up around 6 and couldn't figure out what I wanted for breakfast, so I had peanut butter on graham crackers! yum!
I registered (for free) at around 6:45 and I was number 5. Ok, cool, I got this! And then a whole lot of student athletes showed up!
We started the race at 7:30, and I predicted that "red shorts" was going to be the fastest guy. Mainly because his legs were so...runnerly. lalalala I oogled. I gawked. I don't care.
I ran a pretty quick (for me) three miles, but I'm attributing to it being a track.
And then to the pool! 16 lengths x 50 meters. They arranged this by telling us to swim up and down each lane for 8 lanes. I chose to do backstroke because it's pretty much the only stroke I can maintain. I passed my friend, and then I passed one other swimmer. I managed to finish swimming right before the swim-team-swimmers caught up with me! They walked their track miles, and then they were beasts in the pool, as to be expected.
I finished it all in about 50 minutes. And then I got a t-shirt. White! all the races I do give me white shirts! I finished the running in 31:30.

Myself and my friend attacked the aquathlon together.
[I originally published this on my tumblr on April 14, 2012]

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Crescent City Classic 10K 2012

Flat Trish is ready to go

1:07:46 chip ; 1:16:09 gun.
10:56/ mile.
I'm very happy with my performance.
Woke up early, ate, got a ride to the race start. Used the bathrooms twice before the start. I had jelly bellies for a bit of pre race fuel. I also brought jelly bellys for my friends who were running their first 5K/10K (they ran the 5K and then run/walked the rest)!
My friends on either side of me, they ran their first 5K today.
Miles 1-4 were pretty speedy, under 11 minutes each, which was more than I was hoping for. I went out pretty quickly and had to slow down (dodging people is tiring) and by mile 3 I was a little pissed off at the amount of sunlight and heat. I do feel that the race should have started earlier, it was already quite hot by 8:30.
I got over that by mile 3.5 where we turned on to a shady stretch. Esplanade, in fact, in case anyone remembers it from the Nola RnR. I think I also had a gu at this point.
I slowed down in the last two miles, but I think that's because I was walking through the water stations longer than I should have.
My watch was registering 4.5 miles by the time I could see the art museum, so I was a little confused as to where the course was going, since the end was in the same spot as the Nola RnR. This part is annoying feature of this race course. You can see the art museum, then you run away from it! Towards the edge of city park, then you run a ways, come back up through city park (Marathoners, there was a tiny hill/bridge thing somewhere in mile 25, and we ran over that) and then we came back around the art museum to the finish.
It was very sunny.
But! My friend Gill was at the turn by the art museum cheering everybody on! I was so happy so I gave her a sweaty hug.
I finished strong.

I was not too happy with the race organization-- More after the break.
[Originally published on my tumblr, April 8, 2012]