As promised, I wanted to write a quick race report for the triathlon this weekend. Rockett’s Landing is in Richmond on the East side of the city on the James River. I stayed the night before with my friend Catherine from William and Mary, and tried to stay out of the way of her roommates who were making paella, drinking wine, and watching a quirky wine movie. They said it was fine that I hung out with them, but I didn’t want to impose haha. Catherine took me to Whole Foods after I begged her and we saw Salt later that night so that we would be out of the apartment. Not a bad movie actually- a lot better than I thought it would be.
For my pre-race dinner I went with pasta and chicken. Simple grilled chicken with tons of italian spices, and then some Cappelini pasta (I think). I tried to choose a pasta that was whole wheat, but with as little fiber as possible. I topped it all with a can of organic fire-roasted tomato sauce. Low calorie, low sodium, but really tasted awesome. I threw a Laughing Cow cheese and some squash in there too.
This came out way prettier than I though a pre-race meal would! Before bed I had a Honey flavor HoneyMilk which I mixed with a little of Gatorade I had left. Then ate a Nature Valley bar with this. Not my usual protein powder and cereal, but I’m trying to figure out what sits best with me before my big races begin in a couple months.
The race site was nice, but it was hot and only going to get hotter. The day ended up breaking the high temperature records for Richmond…perfect day for a triathlon! I got to the race site much later than I planned too. I was cutting it way close, but knew I really needed to use the Porta-Potty to make sure I wouldn’t have to later. As I waited in line I could see everyone in my heat waiting in the water for the gun to sound. As I stepped into the toilet I heard “4, 3, 2, 1, GO!” Damnit. Haha I sprinted out and ran down the dock and leapt in, starting about 30s behind the pack. The water was like a spa, and hot water doesn’t help you swim any faster. I was able to catch a couple swimmers, but swimming isn’t my strength, so a late start there didn’t help me. I came out of the water at 33:16, making my personal time like 32:45 because of the late start. Needs work.
After a long run to the transition, I got on the bike and headed out. It was getting hotter and maybe that slowed me down, or maybe it was some of the hills I didn’t expect from Richmond, but was split was about 6 minutes slower than I hoped it would be. It was a 1:14:05, and I was aiming for a 1:08. It’s all good.
I knew I would have to try and make up time on the run, but the weather wasn’t helping. The trails of Richmond allow for a cool running venue, but only so much of it is shaded. having to climb a couple big flights of stairs isn’t wonderful on the legs either. As is always my primary goal, I wasn’t passed by anyone on the run. I ended up running the 10k in 40:54, giving the 9th fastest overall split and a pace of 6:34 per mile. My final results were 2:32:55 officially, but really more like a 2:32:25 due to my start. I’m not thrilled with this, but I have to take into account the weather…also more inspiration to work better in the pool.
I placed 3rd in age group which meant I got an award which is always gratifying. They took forever to do them though…I probably got a little bit of a tan from it though! The rest is history- as I posted Sunday, I met Rebekah for lunch and then headed home!
On my way back I stopped and Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter in Williamsburg. They the 3 new flavors of Laughing Cow cheese. I’ve tried them all since then and here are my thoughts. Queso Fresco=really good. Mozzarella and sun-dried tomato= Ok, but the French Onion flavor is better. Now, usually I spend time reviewing products, but here is why I felt the need to: I bought the Blue Cheese flavor as well= Really gross haha! It’s probably the case that I just don’t like Blue Cheese, I’ve never actually had it honestly, but this flavor was just awful for me. I’m sure some people love it, but it’s not for me. Now I’m stuck with a tub of it.
I also opened a new jar of banana flavored peanut butter. This was ok, but it didn’t taste very natural and had an artificial banana and peanut butter taste. Overall, I’ll probably finish the jar though…slowly.
Thanks for reading and for keeping up!
- What’s your favorite kind of race- Sprint tri, 10k, marathon, Ironman, cycling?
- Whats your favorite nut butter- flavored and of-all-time?