Monday, May 5, 2008

White Lake



In case you didn't know, a half-ironman race is hard. White Lake was a yummy little reminder of this.

A half-ironman race is also a great learning experience - every single time. What did I learn this time? Let's see....

1. As much as I would like to draft during the swim, I am much better off starting slowly...in the back...breathing calmly. I tried to start mid-pack in the hopes of catching a draft, and it simply freaked me out. In Brazil, I'm starting in the back. Plain & simple.

2. I still have a lot to learn about cycling. Luckily, I was able to ride with Sharon, Molly, Charlotte and Jill for the majority of the 56-miler. It sure was nice to know my buddies were always near me (but not too near - we didn't draft). I am just beginning to "get" how to ride in the aero position AND engage my legs and core properly. I figure this is going to be a long learning process, so I'll just keep plugging away.
For the first time in a race, I had to contend with stomach cramps for about 20 miles. I was tempted not to drink my water or perpetuem, but I forced it down. I figured it probably couldn't make me feel worse. And, lo and behold, the cramps eventually went away.

3. Despite the first run in hot weather, I managed to hold it together pretty well. The mile markers were a little unpredictable, so I wasn't sure if my pace was accurate. I drank water or heed at every stop - and even ate a few of the Hammer bars. I will definitely be ordering some of the Hammer bars to eat on the bike in Brazil.

4. I love my teammates. As Deanna B mentioned in her blog, they were everywhere. It was awesome. Big thanks to Shelly and Derek D for meeting me at the finish line - ready to catch me. Hugs to both of you!

5. After the race, I was relaxing in the RTC tent (stocked with all kinds of treats - courtesy of Fave) with Rick, Greg-roach and Fave. Fave summed it up best when she said, "It's really the training that I love." I completely agree. I enter races to keep me honest with my training. While it's very satisfying to finish a tough race, I draw more satisfaction from training with such cool people.

6. You really can do more than you think you can. Rick and I realized in the span of 13 days, we ran the Boston marathon, completed a century ride and finished a half-ironman. No wonder I've been so hungry lately....

I think I'm ready for the Brazil taper...

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great job! The riding will come, I only wish I was as good at the run as you!

Shawn

Lynn said...

SQ,

You are an amazing athlete and friend. I am so looking forward to sharing the IMB experience together.

~LL

TriGirl 40 (okay - 41) said...

Loved doing White Lake with you. Your accomplishments these past two weeks are so impressive and inspiring!

Can't wait to hear the Brazil reports - take lots of pictures and wishing you have decent internet access!!!!!

Kate said...

An awesome race in tough conditions and with serious miles on your legs.
You will be great in Brazil...I can't believe it is here already!

fave said...

allow me to quote one of the best movies of all time - Steel Magnolias...
"Oizer (SQ), you know I love you more than my luggage"
hmm although maybe this one might work better for you...
"you're too twisted for colored tv"
what do we train for next! Oh I kow..Timberman!! Love you!

Triathlonmom said...

Suzie, you are just totally amazing! Congrats on another great race.

Diane said...

You are unbelievable! Congrats!

tri-ing races not cases said...

You made it look so easy out there on the run girl. Another great half for you and you'll be great in Brazil.