Ironman training

First OWS at the Gravel pond, Chatfield Reservoir , CO

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Oh, how I love this little pond. It’s not open for public, you need to have a special pass in able to swim there. It’s been open since May 1st, and usually I go in the first day to get acclimated to the cold. But this year I decided not to. The water was perfect 64 degrees, 16C, couldn’t be better, with wetsuit that is. I swam a mile and it felt awesome. My arms felt a little heavier than in the pool, but that’s normal. My time is always a bit slower in open water. The weather was sunny and high eighties, perfect. The water was clear and one of my tri-peep saw the big fishes clearly swimming, I’m glad I didn’t. I have seen them before and it freaks me out a bit. Another friend swam and a big snake crossed her path few yards ahead of her, she was told it was a bull snake. Eeek, glad it wasn’t me. The good thing is that nature is around us and even thou it can freak me out sometimes, I truly appreciate it and I feel blessed living in a state as beautiful as Colorado.

They say Chatfield is going to be filled with water in a few years to accommodate everyones need of water. This makes me sad since the Park has grown into a recreational park with cyclists, runners, campers, family, wild animals, rare bird nests, you name it. Even thou many of us has signed the petition to save the Park, they are doing it. 😦

 

 

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PR at Colorado marathon, FT Collins, CO

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Just a wImageeek after a wonderful Moab trip I did Colorado Marathon, Ft Collins. on May 4th, my third freestanding ever. Few tri-peeps from RMTC did it as well. We met up the night before for a dinner and then we went to bed early since the bus was leaving at 5am to take us up to Poudre Valley.

The morning of the race was a little chilly, but I brought a plastic bag to cover myself. the bus trip took about 45 min. when I arrived to the site, almost everyone needed to go potty. The lines were long, and it took forever. Not enough porta-potty for the amount of people for sure.

We started off pretty easy, lots of people went full out since it’s downhill, but I held  back on purpose since I didn’t want to burn out too early. Until Mile 12 I stayed well with the 4.30 hr pacer, but then they started to take off. I decided to not keep up with them, but just stay in my pace. I had my nutrition down pretty good and even thou I had some pain in my quads and hip flexors I managed to stay in the same pace all the way through. It’s a real pretty marathon running in the valley along the river. Not many spectators the first half, but the second half when we were closer to town there was some great cheers from people. My final pace was 10.35/mile and a finish time of 4.40hrs. That was a PR for me. I was back in the game from my injuries. Now if I could only stay in the same pace in the Ironman..! 😉

 

 

Moab, UT

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Whoa, obviously I’m not good in blogging since last one was in March. I keep forgetting to write. Hook me up on Fb and I’m 100 % connected, but then again this is about my journey. 😉

So after I got back in Brooks my feet has been pretty good. I went for a training camp to Moab, UT with my triathlon Team RMTC in end of April. So much fun, I managed to bike ride 180 miles and swim 2500 yrds in four days. This is the second year I go and I had just as much fun this time. It is so beautiful there.

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