28 July 2009

Pioneer Day 5K Race Report

In Utah, July 24th is a state holiday. It's the day that the pioneers arrived in Utah in 1847 so there are lots of parades and fireworks and celebrations. Here in Logan, there was a 5K, so Tim and I, as well as his son and daughter decided to do the race. We met at Willow Park at 7am and got registered. Rylan did the 1 mile race and Tim, Kyra, and I did the 5K. Tim ran and Kyra and I walked the 5K. It was so fun to just relax and walk and enjoy some good conversation and good company!

This is the Race 5K Race Report

On July 18, my mom and I decided to do the Hyde Park, "This is the Race 5K" in honor of the local celebration for Pioneer Day. We woke up around 6am and then drove 10 minutes up the road and picked up our race t-shirts and numbers. I was doing a triathlon right after the race, so I planned on taking it easy and running with my mom. At the park, there was a man singing really twangy country music...he actually sounded good, especially if you like twangy country music.

This was a pretty low key race, so we all lined up at the start and the guy said "Go" and we were off. My mom has been struggling with starting off too fast, so I purposefully started off slow to keep her going slower. The first mile went fine and then we turned the corner and started heading uphill. It was a LONG (like a mile long) hill and my mom sure hates hills, but she definitely kept going. When we got to the top of the hill, the theme from "Rocky" was playing and that totally cracked me up. I stopped and waited for my mom and then we headed back towards the finish line. I wasn't running for time and I don't think my mom was running for time, so when we crossed the finish line, I didn't even glance at my watch.

My mom stuck around after the race for snacks and the prizes, but I had to head over to the aquatic center for my triathlon. The race was definitely fun and I will probably do it again next year.

Cache Valley Super Sprint Triathlon Race Report

Ok, I'm a little behind on my blog, but I do need get my race reports done, so here goes. Back on July 18, Tim and I completed the Cache Valley Super Sprint Triathlon. This was Tim's first triathlon so it was a pretty big day. I started off the day in Hyde Park doing the "This is the Race 5K" with my mom. I guess I need to do a separate race report for that race. Anyways, I met Tim at the Logan Aquatic Center and started setting up my transition area.

There was a new race director this year so there were some differences from last year, so transition was a bit different. I set up my area and then checked out Tim's area and he had everything good to go. The guy next to me in transition had a blue balloon tied to his spot, so it was totally easy to find my spot. After we got body marked, we did loaded up the sunscreen, especially since the temperature was supposed to be 100 for the day. Then, we just wandered around.

The race was a pool swim with each racer leaving 5 seconds after the previous racer. I got in line and was off for my swim. I actually felt great in the water and had a good swim time. I was actually out of the water before Tim got in the water. T1 was totally uneventful.

I headed out on the bike and my legs felt awful. My quads were cramping and I was just not feeling it...however, I had a big smile on my face. At the turnaround on the bike, I started feeling good so I decided to hammer. I started passing people and was having a great time. Of course, I forgot to start my bike computer, so I really didn't know how far I was from the finish. I did pass Tim and he looked like he was having a blast. I hammered and actually passed another rider right before transition. T2 was quick and also uneventful.

The run didn't go well. My legs were trashed and I was hot. Once I got to the shady part of the course I started to feel like I was in my groove. However, I noticed a woman (nonracer) with a significant limp and thought to myself "she's going to fall". I kept running and hit the turnaround and started to pick up the pace. Up ahead I noticed a commotion and yep, the woman with the limp fell down. I ran up to her along with 2 other women. She had hit her head and busted it open, and since it was a facial wound it was gushing. I sent a woman up to the aid station to have them call 911. The other girl and I helped her sit down. She called her daughter and I explained that she was going to need stitches. She started crying and said, "I don't have time for stitches, I want to go to the opera tonight." In my head, I said, "WHY?!!!?" Anyways, finally someone got there to help so I headed off to finish my run.

In my head I had sort of set a goal to finish under 1:30, but because of my first aid stop I didn't hit the goal. I did pass Tim and he was having a great run. My mom was at the finish line and I crossed and then grabbed my camera to get some pictures of Tim. He finished nice and strong and had a smile on his face, so I figured that he must have had a good time.

We talked to my mom for a few minutes and then headed over to transition to get our stuff together. I was starving and was definitely looking forward to feeding. Tim wasn't hungry at all...lucky guy. We loaded up our stuff and sat around and talked and then it was time to go home. However, I will say that this will not be the last race that Tim and I do together. He loved it and is already looking for another tri to do this season!

06 July 2009

4th of July Weekend

This past weekend was filled with family, fun, and fireworks. Friday evening, my parents had a cookout for the family. We had dinner, played croquet, ate watermelon, set off fireworks, and then waited and waited for the fireworks to start. A big windstorm blew through, so we waited until around 10:30pm, which made for a late night. The fireworks were great and it was definitely fun to snuggle with Tim, John, and Kate.

Saturday morning, my mom and I woke up and headed up to Lewiston, Utah for the Run to the Border 5k. We met Tim and his kids there and took a few pictures.

My mom and Tim and I did the 5k and Rylan, Tim's son did the 1 mile race. We all started at the same time. Tim started running with me, but I quickly told him to go ahead. I started off slow and ended up catching up with my mom. She started off too fast, so I kept her going. I actually just talked to her about a book I just finished. I told her we were going to finish in under 35:00 and that she was going to PR. She was definitely working hard, but we got her across the line in 34:56 and she ended up coming in 3rd in her age group. She even got a ribbon. My dad actually rode his bike up to Lewiston and met us there.

After the race, I headed home and got ready for the day. Tim and I planned to take the kids to the car show. We grabbed lunch at Pounders, this fantastic Hawaiian restaurant that just opened in Logan and then headed down to the fairgrounds to check out the cars. I took a few pics of the cars I love. Apparently, according to Tim, I have an addiction to red cars...all red cars. Also, I love 56-57 love love em!

We also watched the Cruise In, where all of the old cars drag Main Street. I enjoyed a black raspberry shake from Charlie's. Tim enjoyed the black 67 camaro with the blower. I actually had to wipe the drool off his chin. After the parade, we headed out to dinner and then enjoyed the sunset.

Sunday was busy. My new nephew Cole was given a name and a blessing. My grandparents were in town from St. George. After the blessing, we headed to a park for a yummy lunch. We hung out with my parents for a bit and then headed back to Tim's place for some much needed relaxing time watching some James Bond movies. Definitely a big, busy, fun weekend!