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I was utterly shocked when I looked up my See Jane Tri race results today and found that I’d placed 4th in my age group and 29th out of 325 women.  The funny part of this was, my sister and I were joking through the awards ceremony that we should be listening for our names as they recognized the top three in each age group.  I had no idea how close I was.

posing before the swim

posing before the swim

I’d gone into Saturday’s race knowing that I might need to skip the run if my foot hurt, so I gave everything I had to the swim and run.  I went out really strong on the swim and surprised myself with my pace.  Toward the end of the swim I spaced out as I tried to remove water from my goggles and de-fog them so I could see where I was going.  I came out of the swim fast and hurried through my first transition.  Once on my bike, I flew by many other cyclists, my only goal being to catch my sister so I wouldn’t need to start the run alone (in the event that my foot didn’t hurt).  The 8 mile bike course went by surprisingly slowly but right at the end I spotted my sister (who’d done the entire ride in one gear because her borrowed bike was making suspicious noises whenever she tried shifting).  We changed into running shoes together and ran out of the transition area.  My first thought was that my feet were blocks of ice and I had no idea if my foot was hurting.  I’m used to running triathlons on frozen feet so this wasn’t anything more than a pleasant surprise to me since I felt no pain.  We chatted though the run but kept a decent pace.  As the finish line came into view, I yelled “let’s go” and she took off at a sprint.  I was sort of kidding since I wasn’t sure I could sprint all the way in but we managed to cross the finish line together and smiling.

Baby A was disturbed by the loud start

Baby A was disturbed by the loud start

This race has become a special event to me.  The first year I entered, I made a new friend from a last minute carpool and enjoyed wearing my really cool SuperJane race shirt for months after.  Last year another new mom friend joined me to do her first triathlon and my first post- baby race.  We felt triumphant for completing both the training and the race with six month old babies.  This year my sister flew in from Georgia to participate in her first triathlon and I was reminded how much I love sharing my passion for racing with others!

showing off our medals

showing off our medals

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This evening at the gym I sat Baby A on the counter in the women’s locker room so I could clean his hands.  A woman walked up to the sink next to us, towel wrapped around her lower half.  Baby A studied her for a moment, then with a huge grin offered a loud “HI!”  The woman was startled and made some comment about how he seemed to be having too much fun and maybe he should be in the men’s locker room.

Later, in spinning class I was composing yet another blog entry in my head that would probably not be posted (as is my habit IMG_8784lately) and realized that I stopped writing shortly after my long run two weeks ago that re-injured my foot.  Truth be told, my foot wasn’t in mint condition before and I probably shouldn’t have been running so far but I was blindly chasing the half marathon I’d signed up for in November, sure that if I could just add a mile a week I would be ready.  That Tuesday’s run was really just an accident  to begin with.  The day before our conductor told us he’d start rehearsal half hour later the following morning and my babysitter was already booked, so with two hours of time to myself I decided to run a 7 mile ark around the city and end up at work.  The run itself was completely wonderful, scenic and wet through the Presidio, America’s Cup madness along Crissy Field then out at Van Ness, chasing the 47 bus all the way to the opera house.  My route ended up being just shy of 8 miles and my foot didn’t hurt until I stood up during my first rehearsal break.  Then I knew I was in trouble.  I haven’t run since and I’m really missing it.  It occurred to me today that Baby A is also out of the habit of sitting in the stroller while I run so he may not be agreeable to getting started again, whenever that may be.  I am still planning on completing See Jane Tri in less than two weeks and I’m not sure if I’ll run before then or just continue letting my foot heal.  My fastest marathon to date was preceded by two weeks of sickness (rest).  Of course, I was really well trained before I got sick that time.

Lucky for me, I’ve been finding a couple hours a week to swim and I do have my daily commute to work by bike.   I just got my fancy bike back from a tuneup and will hopefully ride this week.  My Monday night spin classes are a great workout but I suppose getting on my bike before the race is a good idea.  Wow.  My idea of preparation has changed drastically since I had a baby!  Then again, what hasn’t changed?  (And all for the better, I might add…)

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