5/30: Morning ride 23.5 Miles, a struggle-fest and then 6 Miles in the afternoon, too hot for late runs.
5/31: 8 Miles with Adam and Elliptical (pool still closed ) with Core in the afternoon.
6/1: 6 Miles with strides in the morning and failed ride. I flatted far out with no phone. A generous man, Scott was taking his beat up RV into town and gave me a lift to cut my ride in half.
Curtis, Adam and I hopped in the car on the road to Cheyenne.
6/2: We woke up to race the 29th Annual Buffalo Triathlon. A typical 4:40 wake up call got us on the road with a cup of coffee, PB toast and banana in hand. We set up our Tri gear as normal. Had to dust off some of the rust and the nerves, even for a small race were coming on strong.
I finished as the 1st Overall Female in 1:32
6/3: Ride up Casper Mtn
6/4: 8 Miles Easy with 4 x 20 and 16.7 Mile afternoon thunder storm ride.
6/5: 2 mile w/u, 10 x 800 @ ~6:40 (which was not hard, but a pace I want my legs used to since it could be a target pace for both Half and Marathon at this point), 2 mile c/d and afternoon Swim
The women went off at 8:30 a.m. with a 900 yd swim. I busted out of the pool, feeling like I could stop there on the last lap and be done, but was the first female out in ~13 minutes. At that point, I did not know if I was in the lead.
On to the 14 miles ride after a pretty quick transition. I hopped on my bike for the scenic and hilly ride. Per my competitive self, I kept checking over my shoulder to see if anyone was on my tail. And alas, I could not pin point any females. For some mental gains, I just kept pushing myself like someone was on my wheel and tried to keep the momentum until the end.
|Mounting out of transition|
I finished the leg at ~29 min. and while it was hard to push to maximum capacity with no one following close behind, I did not need to exert any more effort and still got the mental high of the win. I am excited to have the first of the race in the books. To top it off, Adam came off with a bit more of a dramatic win.
After a breakfast of omelets, pancakes and more with Adam's family, we headed on a short hike to loosen the legs. Culminating the event, an ice bath in the river. This is my favorite post race activity... I love it despite what the pictures say.
|Double the medals, double the fun|
Zzzzzz ensued on the car ride home. The day ended with a Target pit stop, a much needed Pedicure treat, dinner of elk steaks, reading and bed.
|You can't see, but it is Neon Pink. Might as well go all out|
We rode up Casper Mtn. Holy elevation and steep hills. We made it back to Lander once again, exhausted from our antics... let the week begin!