Well, this one will warrant a pretty hefty race report which I will publish later this week. All in all a fantastic weekend, as I had the nicest homestay and Geneva is simply a beautiful place! No big city here, a small little town tucked in upstate NY (or at least, I think it is considered ‘upstate’?), green rolling hills, Seneca Lake (a 40-mile long river and at its deepest part, 400 meters deep) running through the town and dozens of wineries. What more do you need?
Getting there was seemless, as I arrived on time, got my rental car and was in Geneva by Thursday afternoon. The return was not so smooth, as I was overcharged for my bike at the airport ($150! BEWARE OF UNITED, all you triathletes, I am warning you now) and had to return my rental car with the gas tank 1/2 empty…this stuff ate at me the whole flight home, but upon reflection, the race was a very solid effort and considering that I really am not training myself to go 100% max effort for 2 hours straight, I did all I could in the end. I was 9th out of the swim, not very good but again I got a bit buried in the washing machine start and by the time I found clear water the front pack was far ahead; Solo-ed most of the bike, which I believe was the norm for the 25-person womens field as there were some good rollers and technical sections on this 8-loop course; and ran like hell. The run was great, second fastest run of the day and I probably passed 8-9 women on the run. In 6 miles, not too shabby! It was also 6-1 mile loops through a beautiful park, and at 5:00 in the evening, it had become overcast and we were running right along the water…very cool! I ran myself into 7th place and to put it mildly, was toast at the end.
I forgot how incredibly hard those races are. I don’t like to go maximally hard, I don’t have those fast-twitch fibers in me. So I fight really hard to find them. And that fighting hurts, really bad. 🙂 But again, I enjoyed the challenge of it…but it confirms that I truely feel like I am in the right place right now, sticking to non-drafting and 1/2 Ironmans! So…check out the race report later this week, which will be on my website (www.kellyhandel.com). Thanks for reading~!
Started the day bright and early (well, not too bright, gloomy and rainy) to do the Run Tex Freedom 5k this morning. My friend Emily came in last night from 2 days on the road and, well she wanted to do it! So I obliged. We took off from our house around 7:30, drove near the start and then jogged in. Picked up our chips, chatted to some friends and by 8:00 (8:15?) we were off. It is one heck of a lovely day here for July 4th, rain rain rain! It just won’t stop. But that is ok, if there is anything I enjoy doing in the rain (besides swimming) it is running.
We took off and I felt good, strong the first mile. But I tried to keep it under control, as my approach was that this was just a really good Tempo workout. I came through mile 1 in 5:40 (someone was calling out the pace, I never start my watch) which was good but not terribly fast. Then I got passed by a girl, she just cruised by me! I didn’t like that. But, I also knew that in a 5k I usually don’t have ‘another gear’ so I just kept her right in front of me. We turned around and then came to mile 2 in what they said as 11:15, which meant…wow! I dropped my pace to a 5:35 second mile. I then moved past the woman leading, which I was fortunately able to do with ‘relative’ ease, and finished with anything I had left. I came through in a 17:41, which I’ll take! I think my best time is around 17:20-17:30 so that is no too far off, for a bit of a last minute race decision and running on somewhat tired legs. Emiliy and her brother Eddie finished right around 22 minutes, only 3 seconds apart! Eddie beat Emily, I don’t know why she let him do that. 🙂 In any case it was a fun start to the 4th! I’ll hit up a hard-ish bike ride later and then we’ll prep for our big bash, which we plan to grill out for. We’ll see, hopefully mother nature gives us a small window this evening of good weather! Happy 4th to ya’ll, from Austin. Yee-Haw. And thanks for reading!