Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Crown City Classic 12K–Troy-2018

Date/Location:

July 4, 2018 – Coronado, Ca

Distances:

12km (actually 6.9mi)

Time:

49:37

Place:

5th/63

Others:

5K: Anna & Ariel Soares;  Cousins & Jan Heidt;

12K: Dan Cadriel, Troy Soares, Sierra Snyder

This race is a tradition since 2011. The 4 of us, plus the Heidt family – Robin’s mom, nephew & niece, meet at Coronado Island each 4th of July.

The start is in a beautiful park. Always great weather. Robin, Anna, Ariel & I do some warm-ups, strides and stretching.

My concern is my right heel and hamstring. It’s been bothering me.  We all gather and pray. I know each race for me is much more than a personal hobby or goal, rather it’s a chance to test my faith and a chance to be an example for others.  If it was about what I wanted – I would want to sleep-in and catch up on rest that I need.  But God always uses each race and He’ll use this one somehow and it will be a blessing.

We see our FCA friend, Dan Cadriel, a regular here, and also, Sierra Snyder, who we haven’t seen for a long time.  Great to catch up.

Robin & I, next to each other, look to the flag for the National Anthem.  Then a patriotic speech by the director.  And then we’re off!  Under the flag and out of the park.

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My goal pace is set for 7:00.  Heading out of the park surprisingly I’m already behind.  I feel like I’m going fast.  i patiently wait for the mile marker as we go along the beautiful golf course.  It’s a perfectly flat and fast course.

Mile 1: 7:30.  Yep, I’m behind. Maybe my legs are tight, or fatigued. But the real goal is always to do my best and I’m happy I’m doing that.

Mile 2: 7:19. Our friend, Sierra was just ahead but now she’s about a minute and gaining.  I hope she does well.  We go along the Navy Base and I think of our hard-working military.

Mile 3: 7:16. Almost to the 1/2 way!  I pass our friend, Dan. We both comment about how this gets harder each year. I see the leaders going back.  I see Sierra and cheer for her.  I’m trying to have good form & efficiency.  Heel is tender.  I make the turn and am glad to head back.  I’m so happy when I see Robin and tell her “God is with you”.

Mile 4: 7:18. I’m tired and can’t wait to be done but I know this is where it counts & I pray for strength and know God is with me.

Mile 5: 7:15.  Ok, the pace has steadily improved which is great even though it is 15 secs off the goal pace.  Just 2 miles.  Pick it up.  There’s a runner ahead I’ve been focusing on. I finally pass and encourage them.  In a big race there’s always someone ahead to aim for.

Mile 6: 7:12. Along the golf course.  Mile and a half to go.  Legs are hurting.  I have to focus on my steps so I don’t make any sudden moves.. could easily strain something.  I pick it up along the bike path.  Just got to give it all I’ve got..

Mile 7: ??  Under the bridge, into the park.  People are BBQ’ing but I just want to finish.

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Thank you, Lord, for strength and allowing the heel to hold up.  I see Anna & Ariel, and then their cousins!  The final run across the grass is tough.. but I’m done!  49:37. 5th place.  We all reunite and then go watch Robin finish and then her mom, too.

It’s good to see everyone in our family congratulating each other and happy about pushing themselves.  I hope we can be an encouragement for working hard, not for rewards, but just to show God we’re willing to.  He’ll give us the best reward yet... Joy.

After the race I discovered my Garmin wasn’t set right and I actually was running my goal pace, even under it.  A 6:40 average.  An added bonus to an already great day.

Crown City Classic 12K–Robin- 2018

Date/Location: July 4, 2018 – Coronado, Ca
Distances: 12km
Time: 53:17 PR for 12K Course (2017, 53:37)
Place: 3rd/54
Others: 5K: Anna & Ariel Soares; Cousins; Jan Heidt;
12K: Dan Cadriel, Troy Soares, Sierra Snyder
Keeping the tradition alive, we are back at the 4th of July races on Coronado!  We’ve been coming here since 2011! 
We get to the start and actually find a parking spot up close!  We pick up our packets and get warmed up.  It’s humid!
We have some FCA teammates racing today: Sierra Snyder and Dan Cadriel.  Great to see them again!
Heading over to the start and wondering where our cousins are at.  They’re racing the 5K with Anna, Ariel and Grammie. Fortunately the 5K doesn’t start for another 10 minutes.  We pray with Anna, Ariel and Grammie and then head off.
As Troy and I are about to start the 12K, we see the cousins!  Just in time! 
SportsPhotos_OR1_6152Ready, set go!  We take off under the American flag.  I have to duck a bit as I run under…volunteers are holding it tight so it’s pushing down.  I hope to run the same pace as last year about 7:11 pace.  It’s a bit of a long shot since I haven’t been training as hard this summer.  Last year I was getting ready to do the last Ironman Coeur d’Alene. 
Dan, Sierra and Troy pull away.  I’m feeling good so far.  I forgot to bring Clif Bloks for energy so hoping just a lot of water will be enough.
Mile 1 is 7:19.  I can see a young girl around Anna’s age ahead of me.  I’m surprised and impressed!  There are some other ladies ahead of me that I’ll try to pass later on.
Mile 2 is a 7:11 average.  Wow, I’m surprised that I’m at pace.  I still feel good. Thanks God! 
Heading out to “the Strand”.  Here a bunch of families are setting up to watch the fire works.  They get here early to get the best spots.  I’m catching up to that young girl and some other gals.  I grab some water and try to drink the whole cup.
Mile 3 is a 7:14 average.  A bit slower but still close!
I start to see the top runners coming back.  I wonder where Troy, Sierra and Dan are at.  The first guys look so fast and strong.  The first woman looks like a pro and she’s way ahead of the next girls.  Soon I see Sierra.  She’s way up there too!  I tell her good job!  A few minutes later there’s Troy!  I give him a high five and tell him good job.  Close behind is Dan.  I cheer him on too.
I make it to the turn around finally and head back.
Mile 4 is a 7:12!  Yeah! 
I pass that young girl and tell her good job.  I also manage to pass a few more ladies. I’m tired but not loosing energy.  Thank you Lord!
MIle 5 is a 7:13 average.  I grab some water for the last time.  Energy is good.  Thank you Lord for sustaining me!
Mile 6 is a 7:13 again!  Keep going!  I can see the Coronado bridge so I know I’m close.  I’m actually able to pick up the pace!  I continue to have energy!
Mile 7 is a 7:11!  Wow, thank you Jesus! This is a gift to keep this pace!  Just less than a half mile to go!  I pass my Mom doing the 5k and cheer her on!
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Almost to the finish!  I round the corner and start heading in!  Suddenly a woman sprints by.  I try to pick it up but I’m maxed out.  I push hard all the way through as I see my family cheering.  Done!  Thank you Lord!
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I shake the hand of the girl that passed me and tell her good job.  I wait for my Mom and congratulate her as she crosses the line.  Good day! 

Crown City Classic 5K–Ariel-2018

Date/Location: July 4, 2018 – Coronado, Ca (Racing here since 2015)
Distances: 5 km
Time: 29:09 PR! (2017 - 30:18)
Place: 18th (72 Total), 1- 14 Girls
Others: 5K: Cousins & Jan Heidt;
12K: Dan Cadriel, Robin  & Troy Soares, Sierra Snyder
The Race director says 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, Go!!! I run under the American Flag. I hit the sidewalk. Next to me is a stroller with a little girl inside. I hear her say “Go Daddy! Go Daddy!” We go under a bridge and then I can’t catch up with them. They start to get farther and farther away. It’s a very narrow path and there’s a lot of people running or walking so it’s hard to pass people. 180704_crown_city_5k_arielFinally, we get to the road. There’s a boy behind me. He and his dad are trying to catch me. Oh good, there’s an aid station. I get a drink of water and then off I go running again. There’s the 1st mile sign. I see Anna and Detrik. I run fast so the boy won’t catch me but he catches up to me and passes me. I stop to tie my shoe then start running again. I keep my eye out for Anika and her cousin. Then I see them. I yell to them but they can’t hear me. I see the 2nd mile sign. I see Grammie. I wave and she waves back. I’m back to the aid station. Finally, I get back on to the very narrow path and there’s some people. Back under the bridge. I pick it up and sprint into the finish line. Done!




Crown City Classic 5K–Anna-2018

Date/Location: July 4, 2018 – Coronado, Ca (Racing here since 2014)
Distances: 5km
Time: 24:18 PR! (2017- 24:29)
Place: 7th (72 Total), 1- 14 Girls
Others: 5K: Cousins & Jan Heidt;
12K: Dan Cadriel, Robin  & Troy Soares, Sierra Snyder

3, 2, 1 and the announcer starts us off. My cousin Detrik and I start running. We run underneath an America Flag on the way out. We start off good but we slow down a bit because of all the people in front of us. On the way out, I run under a huge bridge that connects Coronado and San Diego. I start running around the golf course. Detrik and I are running strong. We pass runners and stay on a good pace. I enjoy the view around me and feel great running. I see an aid station up ahead and can’t wait to get there. Once we get to the aid station I get water and drink half a cup. The other half I pour on my head. I can now see runners coming back. After the fast runners have passed, I see kids coming back. After watching the kids for a while, I hear Detrik yell hi to some friends. I then see the turnaround up ahead. As we reach it, I turn around and start looking for family members behind me. First, I see my crazy fast sister Ariel. I cheer her on. I than later see my other cousin, Anika, and cheer her and her cousin Layne on. I again see the aid station up ahead. I grab water like before. As I’m running, I can see the bridge in the distance. Then someone calls my name.  I turn and see my Grammie. I cheer her on. I then tell Detrik that we should start to pick up the pace because the finish line is coming soon. We start to pick it up but have to slow down again. Once we reach the bridge, I am very excited. SportsPhotos_OR2_5088
I want to speed up but more than that I want to finish with Detrik. I cheer on Detrik and get ready to sprint in because we’re almost there. We turn the corner and sprint in. We finish together and barely beat our previous time.
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Sunday, June 24, 2018

CA International Tri–Robin-2018

Date/Location:

6/24/18 – Pleasanton, CA

Distances:

1.5km S – 40km B – 10km R

Time:

2:35:42 (28:50 – 1:51 - 1:16:17 – 1:16 -  48:07)

Place:

2nd Place, 40-44 (10th Female OA)

Teammates:

Int’l – Clyde Floyd (FCA), Dave Campbell, FCA Relay (Danielle Hess Davi, Tim Hess & friend)

Sprint – Anna Soares, Dave Fraser

Great to be back at this race with the whole family!  Last year, Anna and I came alone while Troy and Ariel volunteered at a bike race at home. 

I booked a hotel 2 miles from the start so Anna and I get up early and bike over.  After waiting to get our packets, the transition area for the sprint race is packed!  Anna gets help finding a spot from Francie Campbell.  Dave, her husband, will be tearing it up today in the Intl with me for sure!  I get set up and catch up with FCA Teammates Clyde and Tim Hess.  Tim is doing a relay with his daughter Danielle and a friend. 

I burned my right forearm on Friday with hot coffee that spewed out of my french press at home.  I have it covered in a water-resistant bandage and an ace bandage.  Troy helps me put on my wetsuit over the bandage to keep it from pulling off. 

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Anna and I meet Troy and Ariel for a pre-race prayer.  As usual, we start with a few folks and we have a few more by the end of the prayer.  More folks trickle in after like Tim and we pray with them too.  We find out the race is delayed because there is no ambulance on-site.  The ambulance actually broke down and we are waiting for the replacement.  It’s getting hot standing in this wetsuit.  Troy, the girls and I huddle to pray for race director Ryan Coelho and that we could get an ambulance soon.  God is good!  Five minutes later we see it drive in the park. 

Time to go!  The swim begins and the waves begin with little time in between.  Anna is off and hopefully feeling great!  I get in a warm-up and make it to the start with just a few minutes to spare!  This is a men’s and women’s 40-49 wave.  I seed myself a few rows back behind some men.  I don’t want to get pummelled.

SWIM

Ready, set, go!  My position is great though I do have to pause twice to let guys go ahead because they’re running into me from the side.  I’m not feeling as strong starting out as I did at Auburn a month ago.  My left arm has been bothering me and I’m feeling it now.  I hope that it gets better.

It’s a long trek out to the first turn buoy.  Despite the close proximity of the wave starts, it is pretty clear sailing.  I can put my head down for long stretches and get some good momentum going.

The first buoy turn is good and now it’s another long stretch.  Some swimmers in orange caps fly by and I realize that they are from the last wave that started behind me.  I am able to jump on the toes of a guy and hang on till the next buoy.  I am really moving now and breathing hard.  At the buoy I loose him but find another orange cap to cling to.  Pretty soon, I’m alone again.  The good news is I can see the finish, the bad news is that it’s still far off and I’m tired.  Another orange cap comes alongside and I match the pace.  I think it might be Danielle.  I’m still struggling to push now.  I just need to hang on.

The shore gets closer and I’m able to find another draft in the home stretch.  Pretty soon, the bottom is near.  My guy is still swimming so I keep holding the draft.  Once my hand hits the bottom, though, I get up to run, even though my guy is still swimming.  I run up to shore and pull my wetsuit carefully off my forearm. The ace bandage is intact…yeah!  I just about get the rest of my wetsuit off and kick it off my left foot. But it gets stuck on my right foot.  Darn!  I reach down and pull it off.  Now, off to my bike!

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BIKE

This time I have my shoes on my bike.  I’m hoping I can slide my feet in while riding.  I haven’t practiced so it’s a risk.  I run out of transition.  I hear Troy cheering for me.  I hop on my bike and am able to put my feet on top of the shoes as I ride up the short hill.  Once I turn right and hit the flat part, I am able to slide one foot in at a time!  Yeah, thanks God!

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I get into my aerobars and try to get into a good grove.  I feel pretty speedy for the first few miles but then I’m soon getting passed by a lot of guys and a few girls.  Dave Campbell goes by and so does Dana Ginsburg.  Dana is 53 and beats me every time we race.  I try not to get discouraged and just keep pushing. 

We go through some industrial areas, across Hwy 580 and up into the rural hills.  I actually begin to catch up to Dave and Dana.  I also pass a few girls in my age group and a few guys that passed me.  It’s a risk to push this long hill because I can tire myself out.  The fast guys are now heading back on this same road.  They are flying!  I see a guy off to the side on the other side of the road with a CHP with some sort of issue with his bike.  I’m wondering if he needs something.  I soon see his bike shoe on the ground still attached to the pedal and crank.  The whole thing fell off!  Oh my goodness!  Poor guy!

I see Dave and Dana heading back.  The turn-around is ahead!  Yeah!  I make the turn and try to hammer.  I’m feeling fast until I start getting passed.  Yep, that’s how it goes for me but not giving up!

I pass the guy with the CHP.  He’s got his shirt off now and you can see the road rash on his shoulders…ouch!  The CHP is wrapping him up with some gauze.  So glad he has help and that it wasn’t worse!

Back through the industrial area I find myself alone.  I turn on Isabel Dr and it’s a long 3 miles to the next turn.  I’m at Mile 20, only 5 more miles!  I can do that!  I’m sure Anna is done with her Sprint by now.  I pray it went well for her.  She’s so grown up now that I don’t have be so concerned with her safety.

I’m feeling tired.  I think I could pull over and nap!  Let’s just get it done!

Finally I make it around this back loop and am just a mile from the park.  I can see runners heading out.  I look for Dave.  He must be already through this part!  I see a lot of fast girls.  Wow! 

As I pull into the park, I am able to slip my feet out of my shoes and put my feet on top.  Yeah!  As I hit the bike dismount line, I’m already ready to run!  As I run to my transition area, Troy and Tim are cheering for me.

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I ask Troy how Anna did.  He says looks like 2nd place…yeah!  I make a good transition and head out. 

RUN

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It’s good to be off the bike but I feel tired.  Heading out, part of me is already relenting…why push it if I don’t feel great?  Just keep moving!

Mile 1 is 7:59.  I hope this gets better.  There are no girls around me so it’s really hard to get motivated. 

I head for the “big hill”.  It’s a short and steep hill followed by a flat out and back.  This is were I can hopefully see some girls to chase down.  Up I go, ouch!  I run the whole way but it hurts at the top.  I see Dana heading back and a few other girls.  I can feel my competitive juices start going a bit.

Out and back and down the hill.

Mile 2 is a 7:58 average.  Surprisingly I soon find myself nearing the 3rd mile.  That didn’t seem too long.  I could do this loop again!  Still struggling to push but feeling more excited.  A guy flys by me and I know he’s finishing up. Wow, impressive!

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Mile 3 is a 7:51 average.  Better!!  I see Anna cheering and smiling.  I ask her how her race went and she says great…2nd place!

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The next mile I feel really motivated to push.  Thank you Lord!

I climb the hill a little faster this time.  On the out and back I am closer to Dana and some other girls.  I actually pass Dana’s husband.  On the way back, I notice a young girl moving along well.  I think I’m safe from getting caught.

Mile 4 is a 7:48 average. Keeps coming down!  Thank you Lord for turning things around for me mentally and physically!

I can see a huge crowd of runners ahead of me.  I’m going to try to catch as many as I can.

At Mile 5, I’m maintaining a 7:48 average.  So nice to be almost done!

I finally make it off the trails and into the grassy park area.  I am pushing hard.  Suddenly that young girl comes flying by me.  I’m so close to the end that I just react.  I dig deeper and pass her back.  I tell her good job and try to keep pushing.  It’s still a bit of a stretch to the finish chute.  Can I keep this up?  Lord, I’m just going to keep trying.  I am able to hold her off and finish strong.  Thank you Lord!  I didn’t think I had that in me!

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CA Tri Sprint–Anna–2018

Date/Location:

6/24/18 – Pleasanton, CA

Distances:

0.5m S – 9m B – 5km R

Time:

1:11:26 (18:51 – :38 – 29:14 – :45 -  21:56)

Place:

2nd Place, 1-15 (14th Female OA)

Teammates:

Int’l – Clyde Floyd (FCA), Dave Campbell, FCA Relay (Danielle Hess Davi, Tim Hess & friend)

Sprint – Anna Soares, Dave Fraser

Anna’s California Tri 2018

I walk down to the water and I look for someone to talk to. I see a girl in the water and walk over some to her. We get into a good conversation. We talk for a while and then get ready to swim. The swim start has been delayed for a while because the ambulance has not shown up yet. I swim over to the start and get ready to go.

SWIM

The race directors say go and I start swimming. My friend is faster and swims ahead. I swim though and focus on God. It is a long swim but I keep steady and take one stroke at a time. Every once and a while I do a few strokes of breast stroke. I get to the 1st buoy and know I am 1/3 the way done. I go around the buoy and start for the 2nd buoy. I try to stay up with swimmers but most of them have passed me. Some fast men start to pass me from the back. I keep swimming. Every stroke gets me closer. After a while I finally get to the last buoy and head to shore. The shore is far away. But my excitement of finishing keeps me going. I hope my friend hadn’t got too far in front of me. I try to stay with people as I swim to the shore. I stay up with them pretty well, but a lot of them end up going in front of me as I swim. As I get closer, I can see the bottom of the water which is covered with seaweed. I can see the ground coming closer and closer to me. Soon I can walk. I stand up and unattached the velcro on my wetsuit and pull my wetsuit down. I kick out of my wetsuit and run to transition. I grab my helmet and glasses in transition and grab my bike and started to run out of transition.

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BIKE

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I jump onto my bike at the bike mount and start to bike up the hill out of transition. As I am biking up the hill my foot on top of my bike shoe keeps slipping off my bike shoe as I pedal. When I get to the top of the hill, I slip my feet into my bike shoes. I start to bike onto the flat and try to make up time lost on the swim. I keep pedaling hard and am able to catch some people. After a while of flat, I turn the corner onto a downhill. I try to go full speed but it is a gradual downhill and it takes a while to get going faster. I turn at the bottom of the hill onto a flat road where two years ago there was a car on fire. At the end of the flat road I turn again onto another road.

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The temperature is good and I isn’t cold or hot. I see a hill up ahead I had trouble on last year. I pedal hard up it and make it to the top. There is a downhill on the other side which I get going full speed down. I also stretch out my calf while going down it. I hit the bottom of the downhill and turn to a short flat road and then turn again onto a road that leads right to transition. I can see runners running the opposite direction than me. Where the runners are coming out to the road, I see my friend. I am so surprised that she is that far ahead of me. I slip my feet out of my shoes while going down the hill to transition. I drink some electrolytes for energy. I jump off my bike at the bike dismount and run to my bike rack. I grab my shoes, hat and my new gel I am trying out and am off.

RUN

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I start running and feel good. I try out my new gel my dad let me have. It is a honey gel and it is too sweet for me. I can’t wait to wash it down at the aid station. I run onto the trails and up to the road where the bikes are coming the opposite direction of me. I run along the road and turn into a bike park and am back onto the trails again. I soon see an aid station up ahead and grab water and see my friend coming back from the out and back. I start to do the out and back and go up a hill but don’t slow down. I get to the top of the hill and run on the flat. I run around the turn around sign and head back for the aid station. I run down the downhill to the aid station. I grab water and keep running.

I run through the trees on a path that goes up and down. I see a man up ahead and want to catch him before the finish line. I run up and a steep hill and down again. Running through the trees is fun and shady. I speed up and pass the guy I want to pass and see the last hill up ahead. I run up it and run down the other side. I see a girl up ahead and look at her leg to see how old she is. The sharpie on her leg is messy and I think it says 14. I run by her and get onto a small road that leads to the finish. I see the finish up ahead and sprint in. I point to God and give him the credit. The race went well. I got 2nd and my friend got 1st. Also the girl who I thought was 14 was really 45. On the podium the ages from 1st to 3rd were 12, 13 (me), 14. So I guess in this race the younger you are the faster you are. Praise the Lord for He is good His love endures forever!

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Auburn Sprint Tri–Robin & Ariel - 2018

Date/Location:

6/3/18 – Auburn, CA

Distances:

0.3m S – 8m B – 2.4m R

Time:

1:05:45 (8:34- 1:16 – 33:20 – 00:45 – 21:48 (9:05 pace)

Place:

FCA Endurance Relay, 1st Place

Teammates:

Int’l – Dana Haldeman, Dave Campbell, Elise Winter, Kris Kennedy, Leila Sermek, Rosie Kracher, Troy Outman, Troy Soares

Sprint– Anna Soares, Chase Visser, Josh Cagney, Sydney Lewis, Timothy Hess (FCA), Wyatt Hamilton


Robin (Swim-Bike)

THE SWIM (ROBIN)

This year, I’m doing the sprint relay with Ariel!  This way, the whole family can compete AND we can do our FCA run Aid Station for the entire race. Traditionally we’ve done the aid station for part of the day.

I meet Troy and Anna at transition.  We reunite with our local teammates and bay area teammates Tim Hess and his daughter.

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Just before we see Troy off, a bunch of us get together to pray.  It’s so nice to have others with us united in Christ!

After Troy takes off, Anna and I get a warm up in together.  The water is perfect!  This year I feel more at ease with Anna competing…thanks to Jesus!  He has shown me that she can definitely hold her own out there.  Last year, I was honestly concerned that she would get hit or panic.  So cool to see her excited and confident!

Our swim is quite short.  We actually have to cross the path of the Olympic and Long Course swimmers coming back at the first buoy.  This could be interesting!  Before the race starts, I warn Anna to be careful there.

Ready, set, go!  I get a good start and am in 3rd place heading out.  The top two girls quickly distance themselves from me.  At the buoy, I take a quick look and see the coast is clear.  I cross with no incident.  I hope that’s the case for Anna too! 

I continue on to the next buoy.  I notice a girl in my age group to the side of me.  I pull ahead at the next and last turn buoy.  I’m headed back to the finish already so I push hard.  It just feels great swimming open water.  I love it!

I make it to shore and pull off my wetsuit.  As usual lately, I have trouble kicking it off.  I yank it off manually and then race to my bike. (3rd woman)

THE BIKE (ROBIN)

I have a pretty quick transition.   I decided today to run out with my bike shoes on instead of putting them on my bike.  I didn’t have great success at Wildflower so I’m playing it safe.  I run out of transition and hop on my bike.  (Still in 3rd place, with 6th T1 split, for women). I feel good as I head out. Thank you Lord! 

I climb the big hill out of Rattlesnake Bar Park…phew!  Boy my legs feel tired!  I keep pushing knowing this bike ride is over soon.  Even though my legs are hurting, I am still passing riders going up Rattlesnake Bar Road. 

180603_auburn_tri_sprint_robin_bikeThere is a relatively flat stretch so I get in my aerobars and push.  I see my friend Anne Thilges as I turn onto Newcastle road to head up to Shirland Tract.  Great to get some encouragement!

My legs continue to feel tired but I still continue to pass some riders.  I turn onto Shirland Tract and start climbing.  As I crest the first climb, I can see Sydney Lewis ahead of me on the big switch backs. I mentally prepare myself for this part.  It’s tough!

I dig deep and push up the switchbacks.  Soon enough I’m flying down the backside and catching up with Sydney.  I tell her great job as I pass.

There are more hills ahead.  I sure am looking forward to turn on Auburn Folsom and flying to T2 to meet Ariel!

My legs continue to complain as I climb.  I finally make it to Rosemary, my neighborhood!  Now it’s time to fly downhill!

I really feel like I am flying.  It’s so fun to be racing right past my house!  I get on Auburn Folsom and continue to push hard.  I pass Karen Nickel’s neighborhood and it’s quiet this year.  I miss that crew this year!

I turn towards the downtown square to meet Ariel.  The whole main intersection is all shut down for the race!  So cool!

I dismount my bike and run into transition looking for Ariel. (now in 2nd place, with fastest bike split for women)  There she is!  She takes off my timing chip and puts it on herself.  She is excited to head out.  “Have fun, Ariel!”.  I sure hope I’ve given her a good cushion to stay ahead of Anna. We’ll see!

THE RUN (ARIEL)

I’m doing a relay with my mom. I’m doing the run. I see the first girl come into transition. Then I see mommy come in. She’s in 2nd place! I take her chip and put it on my leg and start running.

I cannot see the first place runner. There is a guy behind me. I turn on Orange St. then I turn on to Finley St. I turn again and again.

Now I’m running past Placer High School’s track. I turn on Stadium Way then I turn again on Finley St. I turn again on to Brook Rd. which goes up and down. I turn on Channing Way. Then I go up a hill to the turn around.

I see my friends, Gracie, Amelie, and Paisley (“Paisley Pie”).  I turn at the turn around. I soon see Anna! 

I turn again on to Brook Rd. then I turn on to Cherry Ave. I do a big Zig Zag then I turn on to High St and race down the long home stretch. (Finish 2nd for women, 1st for relay, with 6th fastest run split)

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At the awards, I got to sing a song with the Reggae band singer.  It was about our Father in heaven which was cool!  And then I got to volunteer at the FCA Endurance Aid Station.

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