Sunday, October 25, 2009

Big Kahuna: DNF

And so my exciting first triathlon season ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper.

I had really looked forward to The Big Kahuna and thought it would not only be a perfect end to my season, but also set me up well for next season when I want to do an Ironman and also the Wildflower Long Course. I also wanted to do something to show how far I've come and how much improvement I've made.

But it all started to fall apart on Sept. 29th, when I tweaked my calf muscle at Track doing some hill repeats. I didn't realize I'd done anything significant to it as I just had a bit of tightness the next day that went away when I worked out. But I had a little tight spot, slightly more pain than normal, and, after I did the SJ Rock 'n Roll Half, I had a tear. (Or maybe I always had a tear and it just got bigger at that event.)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

My GOTRIbal Weekend: US Women's Tri Series and Lunch with Chrissie

Today I met Chrissie Wellington and passed her on the bike. Three times.

But let's start at the beginning.

A few months ago, I was reading Chrissie's blog and she mentioned a group called GOTRIbal -- a group dedicated to empowering women through sport, particularly triathlon. One of the things that surprised me when I first started doing triathlons was how male-dominated the sport is. Given that swimming, biking and running are not particularly masculine activities and lots of women do them, I just assumed that lots of women did triathlons. I assumed wrong.

But I love triathlon so much that I decided I had to help change that. So I started evangelizing my sport. To anyone who would listen, but mostly to women. But I'm just one person. Here was an entire group all working towards the same goal. Just think how many more women I could get into the sport if I was working with a group.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

One Year Check-up

I had mine with Dr. Awesome today. It's actually been almost 13 months, but close enough.

We mostly went over my labs as I really didn't have any questions or concerns for a change. Short report: My labs are mostly good except for my protein levels. We talked a LOT about that.

But first, the details:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

San Jose Rock 'n Roll Marathon (of Death)

I can't believe I never got around to writing a race report for this event. It was a very important one in my new life as a triathlete, too.

I woke up Sunday morning and made my morning protein shake. I figured I wouldn't be able to drink 16 oz. in the car so I made a single serving version. This turned out to be less than optimal as I was hungry when I got to downtown San Jose. I also had to poop, but I couldn't. (I know -- TMI. But it turns out to be important and I couldn't think of any other way to say it.)

I had foolishly not drank enough water the day before, I think. So I knew that a potty break in the middle of the race was a 100% certainty.