Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Race Site Dawn at Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL,
D & I support a lot of our local races! Our BFF, Suzanne, created this new race and caused a lot of excitement because of it! This year, she included a Half Marathon, a 10K, and a 5K to give everyone a feel for which will become an exclusive annual Half Marathon!
Because I would be doing the TriRock the next day, (Didn't know I would DNS due to disability), I only did the 10K. Even though D trained for the Half, she decided to do the 10K as well.
Sunrise at Honeymoon Island
D & I started the race together. I planned on staying with her but her walk speed was killing me. Another lady, who I swim train with, was keeping up with D so I decided to do a light jog, stop take photos, jog a little and repeat throughout the 10K. I was really having fun with it, and cheered on all my friends as we shared the same course with Half racers.
I'm going to guess that D was pointing out the plungers used for course lane markers!
Coming back into Honeymoon Island from Dunedin Causeway, I ran into longtime local SparkFriend, TIAGAYEPFA! I laughed so hard when we both stopped mid-race as she said we had to take a selfie! THAT's Enjoying the Journey!
My TriBud, Brad caught me crossing the finish!
D's Official Finish Shot!
D made Podium for the first time!
I think she liked it up there.
So many of our race community attended and it was definitely a family affair!
The Blonde in the middle is our close friend and new Mayor of Dunedin!
This is how we roll!
There was a Scott Bike donated for silent auction by Outspokin, My Tri Team Sponsor. D saw it & wanted it. I put a bid on it earlier in the day. Later, D wanted to mess with me so she had our friends, Fred & Suzi, overbid me by 50 CENTS! I turned it on them and said they could have it. DOH! After making them sweat a bit, I won the bike, we just put it on my bike rack, and D had a new ride! This is after we had a good laugh!
The Bling (4 1/2" x 4") says it all!
A party with a Half Marathon thrown in!
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Friday, November 14, 2014
Ever since 9-11, I realized the utmost respect for our First Responders! They serve & protect us every day in our own backyards! When I found out my friend Suzanna was Race Director of this new race, I was in!
D was at Honeymoon Island doing her training long run of 11 miles so I represented at this race. Another friend, Ashley worked some great race photography and shared with me.
The field of runners was smaller than most races I run. Regardless, the quality was still strong as several of our Elite from my two run clubs participated.
Had to check out the Finish Line so...
The race was unique as we left en masse from the Fire Station to the Starting Line, led by full flashing lights of the Engine Co. 57 fire truck and our Pinellas Country Sheriffs! I loved the hometown feel of this race!
Suzanne started us with an air horn, followed by the sirens of the fire engine, and we were off. Way cool!
The course was one of the prettiest, and easiest, running on closed streets through the park portion of a neighborhood bordered by Tarpon Lake!
I decided to just have fun with it, start my Garmin for distance, and not get hung up on pace. I embraced the run as a gift on a gorgeous morning. Focusing only on my Pose run style, it felt like I was on cruise control and came in to the finish strong.
Runners came to the finish line cheered on by family, friends, and cooks waiting to serve a fantastic pancake breakfast!
Post Breakfast Bling was served as well....
...and I was happy with the outcome.
I'm closing with a photo I shot showing how Race Directors will wind down and celebrate a successful race!
Needless to say, 'Zanna makes races fun for all!
Thanks for taking the time to read about one of my most fun races!
Monday, November 10, 2014
On Saturday afternoon, I went to TriRock Clearwater Triathlon Packet Pickup. I came home and started my Pre-Tri Prep, dress rehearsing my Transition on my living room floor. During the day, I was not feeling 100% due to a permanent condition I thought I had control over. Reality check! It started to weigh on my mind. I couldn't sleep that evening.
At 2:00am Sunday morning, I had to make a very difficult decision. It was extremely hard to accept but it was the right thing to do. I had based it on past discussion with my training partners, experience, and reason. I also have the highest respect for the challenges of a Triathlon.
This morning, I have no regrets as I will race another day! I don't accept excuses or failure. I know now it was neither. A definition of common sense is "...good sense and sound judgment in practical matters." I also realized my priorities to my family.
I am stronger today because of the decisions I made. Stay strong, stay focused, and be well.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Whoa! I'm behind in my race reports! Well, I'm finally going to catch up!
All fantabulous photos @ DSSECRETS aka D!
I had several reasons to do this Tri. Others gave me reasons NOT to do it! A Race Director, also a fellow run & swim training mate, said to keep an open mind and form my opinion. Of course, the challenge was there and I would do it!
I always suggest getting to the dance early. You go through check in, get set up in Transition then relax until it's time to rock 'n roll!
Body Marking at 5:30am!
Time drags before the start but eventually you finally get to enter the water! This was a time trial start and not a wave start. I liked it!
This was the source of negativity! Fact, we are spoiled by swimming the Gulf of Mexico, on the some of the best beaches in the US! This particular swim is in a lake. I tested it just before entering. My feet squished in mud and the lake grass was wrapping my legs. You also couldn't see your arms in the water! Hence, the term "black water!"
Here''s proof I survived...
I made to the transition area where we were met with sprinklers to hose our feet off. Nice touch!
After getting my bike gear on, we're out of T1!
After a nice Saturday ride, I'm winding down...
and entering Transition City!
Leaving T2, I'm loving life on the run!
Now here's where a subplot begins.
I see the girl in blue ahead of me and notice her age, 32, on her right calf. I follow her a bit, see she's giving a good pace, and decide to draft her! A mile in the run. she moves to the right thinking I'm going to pass her. I tell her she's doing great and I'm into her pace. After 2 miles, she catches up to her girl friend. I hear "Jamie" say "we're doing a good pace!"
About a quarter of a mile to the Finish. I knew I had a good sprint in me. I told them they would cross the Finish Line before me, thanking them for the pace. I just thought it would be disrespectful.
We talked the rest of the way in. "Jamie," my pacer," thanked me as she was going to slow down a lot earlier in the run but continued. She said I inspired her to press on. (That was my medal!)
I told them to check their makeup, put a huge smile on, add a lil kick in their step, and get ready for the Finish Line shot! We laughed out loud together! They crossed, turned, saw me cross .04 sec behind them, clapping for me! We congratulated each other.
This was a surprise! My TriBro, Rob, got a medal, waited for me to finish. then presented it to me!
To the right, is Nick, CEO of the Best Damn Race Series in Florida. He was the one who helped me with pain management over the last two Tris & a Duathlon! He was also the Longleaf Sprint Overall Winner. Still, he was there to see me finish! I am so grateful & blessed to have them as dear friends! Our TriFamily rocks hard!
Thanks for taking the time to read this report! Stay strong, embrace challenge, and never quit!
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