I realized it's been awhile since I last posted here. I even completed a race two weeks ago that hasn't yet seen a race report! I did the Rock Cliff Olympic again this year (I did it 2 years ago). Here's the short version:
-I had a good swim, though not as good as 2 years ago. I loved that the water level was much higher than last time, so we were spared the .25 mile run through duck poop
-The bike was still deceptively hard, but gorgeous
-The run sucked. Hard, hot, dusty and slow
-This is the hardest Olympic Distance race I have done other than Rage in Vegas
-I was smoking crack to do this distance and this difficulty of a course just 4 weeks post IMTX. My body hated me!
- The parking situation was greatly improved with the addition of VIP parking with my Triple Play registration. Thanks Aaron!!
-I will not do this race again as an Oly, but it would be good as a Sprint...challenging yet not brutal.
In other updates, as of this past week, I am finally feeling like myself again post IMTX. Man, folks aren't kidding when they say that this is a race that takes weeks to recover and not days. It's amazing how much of a toll it takes on your body! Even once the sun burn was gone, the blisters were healed, and the muscles were no longer sore, there was still a subtle residual fatigue to deal with. I also felt like I was swimming, biking and running through jello. My HR would spike much sooner than I would expect and under not so stressful situations. Alas, 6 weeks post race, I am finally feeling like myself again :)
I have gotten back into a training routine as I still have the Utah Half 70.3 at the end of the summer and the StG Marathon in October. Last week was a great week training wise! I nailed my splits for a track speed work out I was totally intimidated by. I biked a very hot 46.6 miles up to our church camp out up at Chrystal Hot Springs. I did it in the middle of the day in 100 degree temps. It was brutal, but I felt like a rock star when I was done. I also completed my longest run since IMTX (10 miles) with Alicia yesterday. I have missed her and I's long runs together! And knowing she was waiting for me helped get my butt out the door!
Today I have been following my friends online as they race IMCDA. It has been fun and even made me nostalgic about my own IM experience. However, it will still be awhile before I do another. Life circumstances just won't permit it as soon as I would like. There is still plenty to be enjoyed and done in this sport though and I am looking forward to that for the next few years :)
In the meantime, Happy Training and Racing all!