Or as my friend Melissa just said, “Your version of spectating is rather active.”
Since I am knee-deep in tapering, I got to watch my friends race today!
And mooch portions of their race course for my own workouts.
The Mermaid Triathlon in Fremont is an all-women sprint race, very welcoming to new triathletes and women of all ages. Today’s event also included a duathlon and a Mini Mermaid 1.5 mi run for young girls. I did the Mermaid 10K back in March and the Mermaid Triathlon in Aptos during my 1st year of triathlon (the infamous ocean swim where I chatted with every lifeguard along the way) so I know these are fun events!
Melissa, her sister-in-law Sara, and Heather were all racing today. I had an open water swim and a 35-minute run on my schedule for today, so I figured why not? I could use the lake to swim during their warmup (waves went off every 30 minutes to keep the 3-loop bike course from being too crowded) and then do my run along the bike loop to cheer for my friends at the same time.
Sara, Melissa and Heather were all smiles before the start!
I love Melissa’s new Mermaid team tri top
Melissa, Heather and Sara – Bike shots
I went out on the run course to give Melissa some abuse – she looked a lot happier than the woman behind her!
Official results aren’t out yet but both Melissa and Sara for sure improved their times from last year by double-digits! Congratulations, ladies! This was Melissa’s first triathlon last year, after several of us badgered her into it, so we’re very proud for her to see how far she’s come!
On my end of things, packing has commenced. The entire dining room table is now race gear, laid out in order by sport. Don’t you love how the bike pump has to go ON the table, because I might forget it if it stays on the floor nearby?
Besides all of that junk, the other important things I can’t forget to pack (Jeff came in to chat with me while I was working Friday evening and they glommed on to the cuddle opportunity):
Training totals for week 24 (June 1-7):
Swim: ~5200 yards
Bike: 44.4 miles
Run: 15.4 miles
Total time: 8 hours
No more chance for denial, no more ignoring reality, no more delay…it’s really here. Up next, IT’S RACE WEEK!