Sunday, July 15, 2012

Happy 4th of July and Muncie 70.3(37.2) 2012

This week was pretty fun.  It was a low  key week for Ryan at work, and he took a few days off for the 4th.  We also headed out to Muncie, IN as a family so that I could race in the Ironman Muncie 70.3.

On Monday, I went to the gym in the morning for a light workout.  We had a low key day otherwise.

On Tuesday, I had another workout at the gym.  Last gym workout until after the race!

We went to storytime afterwards.

We also ran a few errands.  We needed to pick up sparklers for tomorrow.  We made an attempt to make s'mores on the grill after dinner.  It was so hot outside, though, everything was just a melted sticky mess.  They sure tasted great, though!

Wednesday was the 4th.  We had a full day.  I got in my final run before we headed to our church pancake breakfast.  It was fun. 

After the breakfast, we went to the pool.  We had a good time, and the kids enjoyed it.  This made us feel really positive about the kids' swimming lessons coming up next week.

While we were finishing up at the pool, we received an invitation from one of Keira's classmate's families to come to a BBQ in the neighborhood.  We decided to accept their offer, and as it turned out, we got invited by Jen and Chris to come over there too.  It was a great time.  We brought a cake, that I put together and they shot off fireworks in front of the house.  Soren was not a fan of the fireworks being that close. 

Thursday was a much more lowkey day.  Mostly I worked on getting things ready for our trip.

Friday we headed to Muncie.  While we were on our way, I got a phone call from a friend who was already there.  Bad news, the race that I had been looking forward to all year and training to peak for, was being cut short from the half Ironman distance to a modified Olympic distance due to the extreme heat.  They had already moved up the time by a half hour to try to get people out of the sun earlier, and this would get everyone done a lot earlier in the day.  It was made not only for the athletes, but also for the volunteers and spectators.  Still, there were a lot of upset people, myself included.  We went to Noodles after getting into the hotel.  We opted to get DQ for dessert.  Not a typical pre-race dessert, but with the distance shortened, nutrition wasn't quite as key.  The kids love being in hotels, so I took them over to Cristina and Kari's room once they returned.  It was fun to see them.  I would be riding with them in the morning to the race site so Ryan and the kids didn't need to leave the hotel so early!

Saturday morning was an early morning.  It was pretty dark out still when we got all loaded into the Meyer's van.   We got there in plenty time to get everything set up.  Our wave was about an hour after transition closed, so we had some time to kill.  I was really happy I was able to find pretty much everyone I knew that was racing before the race to at least say hi.  It was fun to be able to have my MI friends meet my KY friends.

The race went pretty well.  I was pleased with my swim. 

I finished up right after Kari, and then hopped on the bike.  I had a GREAT bike.  I was pushing really hard, maybe a bit too hard.  My left leg was sore while I was riding.  I backed off a little bit, and it helped.  My run was just OK.  It felt hard.  It was hot, but I felt pretty well trained for it.  I finished with a time of 3:14:06. 

I was most pleased with my bike speed of 20.4mph.  After the race, we hung out a little bit, but it was so hot!  We took a few after pictures, and then got on the road. 

We stopped at both subway and burger king on the way home, because everyone couldn't agree on what to eat, and then got back home around 4. I got cleaned up, and we ordered pizza. I didn't feel the best, and thought it was just because I slept poorly the night before, and slept for a full 12 hours once the kids were in bed!

Sunday was a pretty typical Sunday.  We went to church in the morning.  I didn't feel stellar in the afternoon.  In fact, I started to run a low fever, and went to bed early again.