Especially the last two weeks of December where I did absolutely nothing but eat one of each of these every day.
That was until February rolled around. I accompanied Coach Sara (yes, female champion of IM Brasil 2014) to Tucson and literally dove into training with her. The first week with Sara, I logged 27.5 hours of swim, bike and run. I felt a lot like I did during the first few months of my life:
|Sara? What are we doing today?|
Training went well, so well in fact that Sara encouraged me to find a race I was excited about and go for it. What about Ironman Los Cabos? Nothing like a last minute decision to race an iron distance race a month away -- haha.
I admit I started to get scared and questioned how I could be ready in time? I wanted to take 6 months and just train to have a good iron-distance race. But, after chatting with Sara, I was somewhat convinced and at the end of the day, trusted her!
Sandwiched in between here was our annual MRT Tucson Phat Camp and a trip to Palm Springs for a small race -- I had a huge PB in the swim and came 4th in my age group. The swim was what I was really excited about -- I came out with the fast girls in my age group for the first time in my life!!
|Yay! I just swam like a rockstar and Sara is a pirate!|
Ironman Los Cabos results:
8th in AG (first time in the top 10 of my AG!)
Swim: 1:04:56 (!!!!)
Whoever says that IMLC was easier this year because of the bike course change is full of shit. It was very hot. The run was ridiculous -- it was 3 laps and near the end of every lap they put this sandy hilly trail section. It was like Xterra -- I was like, Man you don't DO that to people in an iron-distance race!
|Yeah, the money shot right there, Ironman sure ain't about looking glamourous. lol.|
The carnage was plentiful that day. I chugged along and got it done, but I was borderline having complete bowel release and the occasional cramping along groin and inner thigh area. I might slow down, but I keep on chugging. :)
To date, out of the 15 iron-distance races I have done, this one hands down has been the "hardest." I'm not looking for a harder one, by the way...lol. They are frigging hard enough without putting a hilly frigging trail section in there!
Good race and fast recovery which is good news for me since I have decided to take on the Dirty Double this year: two iron-distance races in 7 days. Ironman Mont Tremblant on Aug. 17 then 7 days later, Challenge Penticton.
After the race Sara and I indulged at the Cabo Gluten Free Bakery in San Jose Del Cabo -- this place is AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Two days later, I hopped on a plane and made my way to Cozumel where I have been:
|First female overall -- AND FIRST FEMALE OUT OF THE WATER!!|
All for now!!