Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fun in the midwest!

We arrived Wednesday evening after a LONG 17 hours in the car.  We powered through most of the day and made it without staying overnight which is a first.  For the most part the kids did great.  That is a long time to be in the car when you are little, especially for Jackson.  The girls were able to keep themselves more occupied but Jackson is just so little to keep entertained.  Once we hit the midwest he was enamoured with all of the tractors and trucks.

Since we got here it has been go, go, go.....the kids are loving visiting with all of the cousins and exploring all of the new places here.  We headed to Reiman Gardens yesterday morning.

Then we spent the afternoon at the pool which resulted in tired kids all around.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Fun!

Summer is here....and we have been BUSY!  We returned from Eagleman to have a full house for the next week.  My boss Myse, from Fleet Feet and her family came into town.  The kids had a great time playing together.  Aly and Drew are months apart and were practically inseparable.  

We visited the Crayola Factory while they were here and had a ton of fun just playing and hanging out.  

Up next was Brianna's preschool graduation.  She did a great job and we are proud of her.

We leave on Wed for Iowa.  I am driving with the kids and we will spend a couple of weeks out there enjoying Ryan's family.  YIPEE for summer fun!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eagleman 70.3 Race Report

I was super excited to race this past weekend at Eagleman for several reasons.  First, the venue is pretty close to our house so it made the trip really manageable.  Second, we did not take the was too long a day for them and given the predicted temps and heat it would have been a disaster for Ryan.

We stayed at a cute bed and breakfast that was really close to the race site.  We arrived Friday night and headed straight to bed.  It was glorious to wake up at 8:30 am the next morning with no one to feed, change or entertain.  We had breakfast at the inn and then we headed over to registration.

Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends who were also racing and we did a little ride of the run course and and short run.  I did not get in the water because I am SCARED TO DEATH of nettles/jellyfish/anything that is going to sting me while I swim.  I decided I would wait and fight that battle in the am.

Sun morning came too fast and I was up and out the door early.  Logistically it was easy to set things up and then we just sat around and waited.  I met up with Bethany and Kate, and we chatted to pass the time.  Soon enough my wave was called and off we went.

The swim was great.  I am pretty sure I swam so fast in fear of getting stung.  I started in the front and to the left and decided that I would swim at a slight angle towards the first buoy to avoid some of the mayhem.  It worked...I caught and hung with the lead caps in our AG and too soon the swim was over.  My goal was to swim under 30 min and it ended up being 27:40.

The bike was flat and fast...and I went too hard early on.  I think a combination of nerves, inexperience, and trying to figure out how to race in HOT HOT weather.  I picked up a couple bottles of water but in hindsight I should have slowed down and gone a little easier...I would pay for this on the run for sure.  The bike was 2:47.54 and I was hoping to go under 3 hours.

And then I got off the bike and felt like death, the heat was stifling and there is NO shade anywhere....I knew I was in trouble...I had horrible cramping and was not running.  I saw Ryan during the first mile and said I was not feeling well.  I hit the first aid station and got water and immediately got sick after drinking.  So I walked, ran, and puked the first six miles.  Finally, around mile 5 I had pepsi and that was a lifesaver...immediately I felt better.  A different person.... as I hit the turn around....I started to run...I ran back.  It was not the run that I hoped for by any means but I have never raced in the heat and there were a lot of things that I learned from this.  I was hoping to run under 2 hours but came in at 2:20..

Overall, it was a PR by over 10 minutes so that was great!