|Bigun has dicovered giving people bunny ears on photos.|
|Evil Genius was an unwitting victim|
This marks the end of EG's time in Connections preschool at the church. She went through the 3 year old and 4 year transitional kindergarten program (and loved being a TK Tiger). She absolutely loved being at the school. It brought us much closer to the church, she had a great social outlet and made some fantastic friends. Right now all she wants to do is celebrate her new grade and is excited about starting at Bigun's school in the Kindergarten program. Now instead of telling her she's on a summer break, we tell her she's "tracked out" just like Bigun will be.
Bigun tracks out next week. Today is Field Day at her school, so she's all excited about the potato sack race and other fun outside activities. She will go back to school July 9th as a second grader, and for the next 4 years we will have both kids in a year round school on the same schedule and out of the house from 9:30 to 3:45 every day. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this.
Wednesday night was the first Aquathon, a series of three swim/run races that take place on the first wednesday of the month for may, june, and july. This month's race got pushed back to may 23rd for park restrictions, and it took place at Harris Lake state park in New Hill NC, just outside of Raleigh. It's supposed to be an old school way to check your mid-season fitness against local competitors. Turned out to be a fantastic race series, as I ran two out of the three races last year, and this year is looking even better.
Of course, since it was 84* outside and sunny all day, Kelley left the windows down on the car so it wouldn't be sweltering hot when we got in there to drive to the race. This caused me to laugh heartily when we forgot about that during the thunderstorm when the car got rained on. These are the memories we make and I love it.
|Before the race|
Swim 1/2 mile: goal 15:00 actual 13:23
The swim was two laps and the buoys were just sort of placed out there in the middle of the lake. I know I was pushing it pretty hard so I can totally believe the accuracy of the distance, but I'm not going to 100% guarantee you that it isn't a bit short. The start was a bit congested, but soon enough I was able to split up between people. I swam very slim, seemingly passing people at will. I took an elbow to the chest once, got kicked in the shoulder once, and brought my arm down on someone's back once or twice. Overall that first lap was very clean.
By the second lap the field was spread out enough to not be a problem. I did start pulling to the right pretty hard about halfway through the second lap so my arm form must have started to break down by then. I came out of the water feeling clean and strong, much stronger than last year.
The eventual winner came out of the water in 8:18, and only one other person broke 10 minutes. Most of the top 10 were in the 11:18 to 12:12 range. So I am amazingly pleased with that swim. Being that close to the race leaders means that my RAM practices are really starting to pay off.
Transition: goal 1:30, actual 1:10
Dry off a little bit, throw on some socks and running shoes and get out of there. Really should have been under a minute, but I was trying to get my heart rate down so I wouldn't start the run completely exhausted.
Run 2.6 miles: no split available
The course went down a road for a bit then turned onto some double track trail. End of the trail was a turnaround. There was water at the trailhead and the turnaround, and I took it both times. A few hundred meters before the turnaround I had a horrible side stitch settle in. I knew it was dehydration because I didn't drink enough water before the start. I absolutely hate running those trails anyway, it's just the wrong mix of sun/shade and uphill/downhill. It's like that trail tries to make it as tough as possible to begin with. Every year I say I'm not going to run that trail again, and every year I keep coming back. torture.
Kelley and the kids were out on the road near the finish line, so it was pretty cool hearing their cheers and getting high fives from the kids going into the trail.
|Running in a speedo isn't always glamorous.|
|Coming into the finish getting ready to high five the girls|
Unbelievable. I didn't know that guy that passed me was in my age group at the time or I might have fought harder. I thought he was younger than me. He finished in 34:05, so I was only 11 freaking seconds away from an age group award! Blerg. I'll get him next time.
Last year I finished this race in 36:11, so I still picked up 2 minutes since then, which I'm really pleased with. It is quite unusual for me to blow it on the run leg, that's usually my strong suit. But next month holds another aquathon with a more unusual format, so redemption will be mine!
|Walking back to the lake after the finish|