Monday, July 16, 2012

Headwaters Adventure Race [take 2]

I don't enter very many races.  We are talking 2 races in the last 10 years.  However, the idea of an adventure race really caught my eye last year and so I entered the Headwaters Adventure Race in an all-phase-team with my husband.   We both ran 2 miles, both biked 10 miles, and canoed 5 miles together.  We were under trained but still did OK but I had plans to improve for this year.

1) Train more.  Accomplished!  In the last 2 months, I have only had a handful of days "off" and have really enjoyed the variety of training.  Nick and I even went kayaking twice to prepare and it really paid off.  I dominated kayak, passing at least 10 men, some who had some pretty big muscles.  Great feeling. :)

2) Enter Solo.  Did it!  Right decision by a mile. 

3) Use a road bike.  I still don't own a road bike but I borrowed a "hybrid" bike that had road bike tires on it and completed the biking section of the course in 39 minutes, a whole 10 minutes faster than last year.  I was more prepared for the course and even had my friend George {THANKS} calculate the percent grade of each street so I knew what I was up against.  It is a VERY hilly course! 

Then I went into the race with two goals:  win my age group [so I could get a plaque] and not walk up any hills in the biking section [I believe I had to walk twice last year].  Our main race plan was to "keep MaMa Rosalie in sight"; but ends up this freaky fast lady who wins EVERY YEAR took the year off because, well, she is getting ready to head to London to watch her daughter compete in the Olympics.  [Could you imagine?!]    Just shaking her hand was like meeting a celebrity. :)   She definitely must think we are weird. LOL!

The race turned out great! Nick did AWESOME finishing in 1.51 [8th place overall including solos, relays and teams] and I finished in 1.54, winning 1st place for overall female!  Still hasn't really sunk in!  

I'm pretty excited because my hometown is having a similar race in September but it is longer run [5.5 miles] and longer bike [12 miles] so that will keep me motivated in my training for the remainder of the summer. 

Mama Rosalie

Can't believe it!


Anna & Kirby said...

Way to go! You're great!!!

diana said...

Congratulations! That is awesome improvement over last year. It really is a learning process from one race to the next. I've been tempted to do a multi-sport race but I sold my road bike last year since I hadn't ridden it in a long time to fund our jogging stroller.

Kari said...

Congrats that's AWESOME!!

Cheyenne said...

Sweeat maria! That is an amazing accomplishment. I'm always baffled when people run these things and then WIN THEM after having birthed babies. haha! I think it trashes your body. Great job!!!! Feels so good, doesn't it?

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness- what an accomplishment! Congratulations!

Janelle said...

Wow - amazing job! I'm so impressed. Your next goal should be to beat Nick :)

Jill said...

Wow, what an accomplishment!!