Monday, August 22, 2016

Door County Half Iron Triathlon Race Recap 2016

Door County Half Iron Race
July 17, 2016 
8:00 am
1/4 mile swim, 56.3 mile bike, 13.1 mile run
Full Results

Six word recap: wet, windy, still strong race performance

I had a great time last year at the Door County Triathlon and when Kelly mentioned doing it again I was in.  It was a few weeks out from Ironman Wisconsin and I figured it would be a great tune-up race.   Plus Door County is beautiful and the race director puts on a great event. 

On Saturday after a quick bike ride and swim, Kelly and Brent picked me up at my house and dropped off their dog with dog-sitter Matt.  Yup Matt missed out on Door County this year.   He was going to a concert/music festival so he skipped. Instead he was relegated to watching all the dogs.  

After a quick stop for lunch we continued on our merry way to Door County.  We headed straight to the race sight to pick up our packets.  Pickup went quickly as there was no lines and we even got an update on the weather situation for the race.  Weather = bad bad forecast.  A very large thunderstorm was predicted for Sunday morning.  We just crossed our fingers that things would work out. 

The rest of the afternoon and evening was spent grabbing some groceries for our cabin, getting some great pizza, and going to bed ridiculously early.  The camping situation this year was upgraded to a cabin from our tent camping last year.  And with the impending storms I couldn't be more grateful for that decision.  

Sunday morning we woke up at the normal-ish hour of 6 am.  One look at the radar and I just laughed because it showed a massive storm headed our way. But continue on we must, so we loaded up all our gear (except my swim cap, d'oh!) ate a pre-race breakfast and headed to the race site.  We took our time heading over to transition because we still weren't sure whether the race was happening or not. But eventually we set up in transition only to hear that they were delaying the start by 90 minutes and would evaluate then whether to start the race or not.  We had the option of taking all our gear out of transition but opted to leave our bikes and just take our bags back to the truck.  So for 90 minutes we waited.  And then pretty much when we thought the race would be cancelled we heard the race would be starting with an abbreviated swim and full bike and run.  So back to transition we went.  Due to the rain it was pretty chilly and we stood around and shivered in our wetsuits in the water.  I "borrowed" a new swim cap from a relay team member since mine was nice and dry back at the cabin.  

The swim was downsized from the 1.2 mile swim to the sprint course's 1/4 mile swim.  Once the start for my wave went off I panicked a bit at the beginning but eventually calmed down and swam fairly okay for the rest of the swim.  There isn't much to say about a 1/4 mile swim.  Wetsuit strippers at the end were awesome.  

The bike was wet and windy.  The rain was still coming down for the first part of the ride so I took corners and downhills fairly easy.  The headwind on the way back was tough! I just kept in aero position and tried to keep the legs spinning without fighting the wind too much.  My legs didn't feel super responsive but I had a fairly big training week going into the race with no taper.  I knew a PR wasn't in the cards anyways and consistent pacing and a solid race effort were my only goals.  

Overall the bike course is fairly boring there are a few hills but nothing I needed to get out of the saddle for.  The roads are not in the best of shape and you do need to watch out for potholes.

In T2, I saw Kelly for the third time during the race.  I debated whether or not to take my handheld and due to the cooler weather decided to skip it.   My legs, especially my very tight calves, did not feel great coming out of T2 and I thought I might be in for a long run.  But I just kept chipping away at the run and took my normal approach of run one mile walk 30 seconds approach and around mile 3 I started to feel  a bit better.  My legs loosened up enough that I could get in a good stride. I still walked through the aid stations and up the huge hills at mile 5 and mile 9 (ouch!). 

This is near the top of mile 5 hill
When I was running I was able to maintain about 10 minute miles and I was feeling so good from about 6 to 8 that I was skipping my walk breaks.  Miles 10-12 are tough because you are on the top of the bluff without any shade and the air was really heating up plus the humidity was tough. 

The end of the race goes back down the bluff to the lake and is a huge quad killer but I hustled down the hill and came flying across the finish! 

I immediately got into the cooling tub which felt awesome before I headed to pick up my medal.  One of the best things about this race is the post race food.  We had pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob and beer! The food tasted great and since we weren't in a hurry to get out of Door County on Sunday we got to sit around and enjoy the view.  

Swim: 9:30 (2:16/100yd)
T1: 1:40
Bike: 3:10:02 (17.8 mph)
T2: 1:39
Run: 2:16:15 (10:24/mile)
Overall: 5:39:04 (16/32 in F25-29)

My run split was only 10 seconds slower than last years' split, so how is that for consistency! 

Cost: $120 for a bib transfer which is allowed for this race
Pros: Awesome course, great post-race food, and great atmosphere
Cons: the weather was less than ideal, not enough potties on the bike course
Would I do it again?  Can't wait to do it again!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Training Tuesday: IMWI Week 7

Week 6 - Base 2 Week 2
Monday, May 9 - 17 mi trainer ride
     Muscular endurance ride, 3x10 min in Zone 3 w/ 1 min recoveries, Time: 7:05 pm, Duration: 1:06:35, Avg Speed: 15.3 mph, Loc: Home. Felt: butt still sore from Sunday's ride
Tuesday, May 10 - 5.25 mi Run
    Force run, 3 sets of  3 x 6 hill strides, Time: 7:03 pm, Duration: 53:07, Pace: 10:07 min/mi, Loc: Neighborhood, Felt: Started off tired, but finished strong
Wednesday, May 11 - 14 mi trainer ride + 2100 yd swim
     Force ride, 3 sets of 3 x 6 hard pedals, Time: 6:38 pm, Duration: 56:04, Avg Speed: 15.0 mph, Felt: Good
     Swim, (500WU, 4 x 200 harder effort, 300 drills, 400[25hard,75 easy, 50 hard, 50 easy, 75 hard, 25 easy, 100 hard], 100WD), Time: 8:50 pm, Duration: 44:13, Pace:1:49min/100yd, Felt: surprisingly good to be back in the pool
Thursday, May 12 - Rest
Friday, May 13 - Rest
Saturday, May 14 - Rest
Sunday, May 15 - 11 mi run + 30 mi ride
    Endurance run,Time:11:56 am, Duration: 1:55:07, Pace: 10:28min/mi, Loc: Millennium Trail, Felt: like a sunken turd, seriously, debated throwing in the towel at least 50 times
      Endurance ride, Time: 7:16 pm, Duration: 1:53:43, Avg Speed: 15.8, Loc: Home, Felt:trainer was boring but legs felt okay

Totals - 6 sessions, 78.45 miles, 7.4 hours

  • 1 swim, 2100 yds, 0.7 hours
  • 3 rides, 61 mi, 3.9 hours
  • 2 runs, 16.25 mi, 2.8 hours
  • I forgot how tough training for an Ironman can be!  It is hard to fit in all the workouts.
  • I definitely did not need to take 3 rest days in a row. Friday I was feeling run down but I still could have fit in a swim or run. Saturday I was having a "woe is me" day.  Getting out for a run or ride would probably have made me feel BETTER, but really all I wanted to do was cuddle with my dog
  • Training prior to this week has also been a struggle but I am hoping to be consistent in getting workouts in moving forward. Cutting a workout short or not getting every workout in is better than taking too many off days! These training recaps help keep me accountable.
  • I am still surprised by how many training hours I got in.  But I know I have oh so many more to come. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Q1 Shopping

I'm doing something a little different today and sharing my clothing purchases from the first four months of the year. I'm calling it the first quarter shopping because that shortens to Q1 and there is no clever way to shorten "the first third of the year". 

A fashion blogger I am not, but I thought it would be fun to share what clothes I am spending my money on this year and to show you what kind of things I wear. I've been following a budget on and off now for about 5 years (since I moved to the Chicago suburbs!).  Last year, Matt and I started using Mint to track our spending and keep our budget. 

At the beginning of the year I set a budget for $80 a month for clothing.  That money needs to cover both clothing for Matt and myself.  Since Matt started a new job late last year that required a bit more business casual clothes than he has needed at previous jobs so more of the budget has gone towards his clothes than mine.  I'm trying to hold myself to a total of $600 for the year.  So let's see how I did!

Q1 Shopping

(L to R): 
Kohl's AB Studio Dolman Striped Tee: $6
Macy's 143 Girl Owanda Pumps: $33
Coeur Triathlon Shorts in Checkmate: $20 (available on Amazon)

Total: $140 - $50 Kohl's gift card from Christmas = $90

Annual allowance: $600 - $90 = $510 remaining for the year

I buy a lot of my clothes from Kohl's and since I have a Kohl's charge card and am part of the rewards program I am able to get really good deals there!  Two of the shirts replaced items in my closet that were worn out. The jeans were a replacement for my pair of skinny jeans because mine were starting to look like baggy baggy pants.

The pumps were purchased for a wedding for which I was a bridesmaid so they were a required purchase.  I am always in the market for new workout clothes and since the triathlon shorts and leggings were on sale and I splurged.

I did also purchase a bridesmaid dress for another wedding but I can't share yet ;) I am not counting that towards my budget since it's doubtful I will wear it again.

My birthday was in April and Matt did get me 2 new pairs of shoes from Bucketfeet.  I love both of them and I've been wearing them quite a lot!

Bucketfeet shoes

In the next quarter I am hoping to buy a new dress or two to wear to weddings and wedding-related activities I have coming up in the next several months! 

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