Thursday, July 21, 2011

Four Things Thursday

***Don't forget to vote for me to win a grant from Chocolate Milk! Search for John Flynn if you can't find me.***

1. The high temps in Raleigh NC for the next 4 days are 101, 103, 101, and then it finally breaks on sunday with a 99. WTF? Are we in Florida or the 3rd circle of Hell? Is there a difference between those two things? At 8 AM today the heat index was 90 degrees with over 90% humidity. My new mission has become not leaving the house until this heat wave breaks. I may go insane.

2. I'm selling Jenny! The famed Jamis bike that I rode to last place finishes in so many triathlons and metric century rides - it's time to finally part ways. She was ridden hard plenty of times, got me to run fast, but after a few years on Roberta the Carbon Cannondale it's time to let go. She will be missed, but I'm sure Visa will be glad to get that check. Too hot to ride outside right now anyway. The pic is from my first triathlon ever back in 2008. I love how I was wearing my running shoes on the bike and taking a Camelbak for a 15 mile ride. And I took 1:15 to finish that ride. ugh.


3. I will have to leave the house once after all. Saturday is the Big Duece, a local 2 mile open water swim. I'm looking forward to putting that much water under my belt, it's a huge step in Ironman training. I've been hitting the RAM team practices pretty hard so I think I'm ready. My goal time is 1:15, last year I put 2 miles in the pool in 1:17, so let's hope for some improvement.

4. I'm adding another oly triathlon onto the schedule - the Lake Logan International in Canton NC. It's sort of southwest of Asheville, NC, so any Greenville SC, or Asheville/Hendersonville/Charlotte NC peeps should come out and join us! Yes I mean us. Guess who talked me into doing this one? Healthy Ashley! CaitlinHTP is also going to be running as well. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to finally be meeting these girls. They both recently moved from Orlando to NC, so I knew we would meet up sooner or later. I didn't expect it to be at the same race!

The race is August 6th, so only a few weeks away. It's supposed to be a good course, so I'm hoping to PR the distance by turning in a faster bike split than I did last time. My training rides around here have all been around 3 mph faster than that split (20 mph vs 17 mph). My 10k times have been about 8 minutes faster than that race time anyway; making up time on the run can only help too. And I think not riding through a tornado might help too. So I think beating 2:52 is totally possible. Still, the coolest part is going to be having a weekend in the mountains with Kelley and meeting up with Ashley and Caitlin.

8 comments:

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Hey now - I'm a new running shoe rider, don't judge ;)

That's awesome you get to meet Ashley and Caitlin. They are both so cool!

That heat/humidity is disgusting! Hope it breaks soon!

Amy said...

2 miles is so far to swim! In a row! ACK! Good luck with that - I'm sure you'll do wonderfully.

Nancy said...

Lake Logan is one of the best swims going, and a really nice ride too...the run is mostly shady and all downhill on the return--what more could you ask?? have a blast, and look for the Finley YMCA folks from Raleigh. Alas, I have to miss it this year.

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Good luck with the open 2 miler! I bet that is about how fast I swam when i swam across my parents lake a couple of summers. Except I didn't train in any way. My brother said - I bet you can't swim across the lake. I couldn't resist that dare (and he swam it with me). It kicked my *ss. There is talk of doing it again, though! This time I will not wear a bikini. And I will have goggles. I can not tell you how unprepared I was to swim that far...

Lily on the Road said...

sounds like a full schedule!! Have an absolute blast at your Big Duece! Sounds amazing. Hey, if I can do a 3km in 1:12 without a struggle, you are going to 'smoke it'...

can hardly wait to read all about it.

Alecia said...

The weather should be nice up there too.

Wes said...

you will love Lake Logan. have fun!!!

Colleen said...

I'm off to vote for you! Didn't know you were entered... guess I need to get caught up with blogs!

Best of luck with the swim... 2 miles is no joke! :)