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Saylorville Dam

I had to take advantage of 65 in February, so I did a nice ride to the Saylorville Dam. It was great to get out and ride two days in a row. I did manage to fall on some ice at one point, but I escaped with only minor scrapes and bruises. I also had my first flat of the season when a piece of sharp rock made its way through my tire.

First Bike Ride

It was a beautiful day today and I was able to not only get out for a run (4), but I also went for a very short bike ride (2). It was great to get on the bike again. I got some new pedals/shoes this Winter and also a new windbreaker. They both performed excellently. Bring on the warm weather!

2010 Hy-Vee Triathlon

This is an email that I sent to a couple of friends who had helped me train after the 2010 HyVee Triathlon:

Hey Guys –

As my unofficial coaches, I thought I would give you a run-down of how things went. I also think it will be good for me to put things in writing.

On paper I finished right where I thought I would. The actual race itself went pretty poorly for me.

I couldn’t fall asleep the night before and ended up finally sleeping at 12:30. I was up at 4 and felt like crap. When I don’t get enough sleep it leaves me feeling nauseous. I was hoping it would pass once I got moving. Murph dropped me off a little after 5 and by the time I got to the transition area, at about 5:25 they announced they were switching to a Sprint distance because of the weather. I was disappointed, but had also had my eye on the radar, so I understood. They cut it to a 400m swim, with a time-trial start, to get everyone out of the water, a 20k bike, and a 5k run.

As soon as I hit the water I knew I was in trouble. The first 100m of the swim were rough, and I thought I was going to throw up. I think that the nerves and nausea from lack of sleep were winning the battle. Eventually I settled in and finished OK. I was definitely on the slower end, so I will work on that. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

The bike went well. I felt great as soon as I got on the bike. People were definitely passing me a lot more than I was passing people, but people also were obviously some pretty serious bikers. I actually had the worst bike of everyone I saw. I am not too worried about that. 12 miles was certainly a lot easier and faster than 24.

The transition to the run was rough, but I was ready for that. The run was going OK until about a mile into it, when I started to feel nauseous again. I walked for about 100 feet, threw up a little but, and then got moving again. That also could have gone better.

Eventually I finished, Susan and Andrew greeted me at the finish line. I grabbed a drink and banana before waiting under a tent for 45 minutes for the thunderstorms to pass. Eventually I biked a mile or so to a spot where Susan could pick me up. I got home, got out of my wet clothes and crawled into bed for the couple of hours.

Physically I felt great, but my stomach was still a little wacky. I learned a lot and am ready to start training for my next race - . I think it is a little less intense than Hy-Vee, and starts a little later, which means I won’t have to get up at the butt crack, but also I really need to have a good hydration plan worked out.

Thanks for all of your help! I think that without you guys it could have been a total disaster. I know that you have your own summer of races lined up and I wish nothing but the best for you. Keep the facebook updates coming so I can follow along.