Sunday, July 30, 2006

Seven is NOT my lucky number

Well....I made it.

Not my best outing. Here's why:

1. HR monitor and bike computer are BOTH not working. So I really had to hold to RPE, which on a day that's 91 with a heat index in the high 90s, is not so good. Nothing like that heat index that SLS or Chris had to deal with though....SHEESH!

2. Took my bike into the bike shop for a tuneup this week so my bike would be in top working order for my first century. Yeah, that didn't work so well.

3. My CHAIN LOCKED UP--I mean, pedal goes NOWHERE locked up--SEVEN TIMES. SEVEN.


5. SEVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I fell hard for the first one, and TriAl at least could help me out a bit as my bike seat was all crooked...but for the other SIX FREAKING TIMES I was on my own.

6. And it only happened on the UPHILLS.

7. So I had to stop in the middle of a hill, get off, and fix it. That's great for the momentum.

8. 7X7 = the approximate amount of minutes that I had NO FLUIDS WHATSOEVER, as our lunch stop was at mile 62, and the NEXT STOP WAS AT 92.7!!!!!!!!!! WTF???? Whose idea was THAT???????? So many people were calling the SAG wagon since they had no fluids--I heard that there were 10 treated for heat exhaustion. Ugh. For the record, it's not a good idea to run out of all fluids when it's 91 and sunny and you're at mile seventy-something.

9. $7.77 = the amount I spent on Subway on my way home for 2 water bottles, a 6 inch sub, and harvest cheddar sun chips.

BUT--I did it, I made it through, and I had a great 30 minute run afterwards. An overall victory, considering I really did keep my cool and my head despite all the rotten things that were going on out on that course today for me. Must focus on the positive!

So lots of frustration about today, and some disappointment about things today that were not even related to my riding, so I will not rehash them--I'm done with that--since I had a great talk with Marie and Wil who helped me put it all in perspective.

Money in the bank, amigos. Money in the bank. The past three days:

4000 yard swim
14 mile run
100 mile ride (it was a little short so I rode a few more at the end) followed by a little under 3 mile run

And now, as Austin Powers would say, I'm spent.

Time to meet my buddies (Weasels softball team) for some pizza! I think I've definitely earned it.

I'm OUT!


Eric said...

What an awesome weekend. I know you may not think so but the perseverance through your hard spots on the run and bike shows you are mentally ready for IM MOO.

Get that bike back to the shop. They can either fix or explain what was happening. You weren't crossing your gears between front and back were you?

Great job girl.

qcmier said...

Sorry to hear about the rest of your ride and that we never met back up. You didn't stop over for the buffet and corn afterwards?

And how did your ride end up short? Most people I talked to ended up just over 101 miles.

Mallie said...

You just keep in keepin' on don't you? This perseverance and tenacity are impressive and inspirational. Keep it up, girlie!

BuckeyeRunner said...

Awesome job! The conditions sound really rough. That is total money in the bank for you!!

tri-mama said...

Enjoy the pizza-you definitely earned it! Keep up those training sessions- then I can keep saying, Sara did it, I can do it too:) It's nice to have bloggers a few weeks ahead.

Jonathan said...

well done. now go get your bike fixed.

Chris said...

Yikes! That doesn't sound like the best "tune up". Any idea as to what happened?

Congrats on your first century!!! That's some MONSTER volume you have there for three days. Very, very impressive.

Tammy said...

Nice deposit... too bad about the bike drama. I say it's time for a new bike... but then I used to buy a new car every time it needed a tune-up! ;)

Ok.... 3 tries to get thru word verif. Hard to type the letters as they appear when there are NO LETTERS showing. ugh. Only for you Sara... only for you.

Wil said...

Can I just tell you that you're a freakin' rockstar? And you have one more secret seven baby that you need to be ALL kinds of celebrating - like, all week long. You don't even know the party I'd be having!

You fricken better bring your gameboy while you wait for me at the IM finish line, sis:)

Pharmie said...

Wow. What kind of course planning doesn't have regular water stops in this heat?! You are such a rock star for the volume you've put in this weekend! Keep up the great work and the ice baths.

Donald said...

That's a pretty awesome weekend of training. Way to tough it out on the bike ride. You sound totally ready for the IM.

RunBubbaRun said...

Great job on the century ride. It was a tough mental training day for you, but you got thru it. No problem. Great job on big training week..

TryAthlete said...

What about the sweetcorn afterwards???

Mojo said...

Well.. You can say you got practice what to do when the chain locks up. Times seven. I wouldn't know what to do but that bike needs to go back to the shop.

Isn't seven supposed to be a godly number?

I think I would be more concerned if the devil was taunting me with 6's all day!

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

You went running afterwards?!? Good for you.
Hope the pizza was good. You earned a beer too.

E-Speed said...

Hey you did great this weekend! And I was feeling good about my run and swim Saturday. You make me look like a complete slacker!

Cliff said...


yeah that si some big volume u are putting out for the past three days..good stuff...

Kurt said...

Beer sounds like what you needed with that pizza. By the way the perfect pizza is mushroom, onion and pineapple!

Jodi said...

I was about to go postal on the course director's butt at mile 80 when I started getting the chills from heat exhaustion and still needed to go 12 more miles to get some cold fluids! WTF? How was 30 miles in the heart of a hot afternoon at the hilliest section of the course with no water a good idea? Great job making it through!

Let me know if you find out what the deal is with the chain locking up. That's been happening to mine too (just once yesterday though- I don't know how you kept your sanity 7 times on those hills!)

On the positive side, it was amazing training for IMMOO in that heat. You are so ready for that heat and those hills now :)

Michele said...

Congrats on your first century! I can't imagine what I would do if my chain locked up like that. Way to hang in there!

That is some swesome number you put up this weekend. Great job!

DaisyDuc said...

Wow, you have really had a long weekend! What a bummer to hear about all your bike issues, as if 100 miles in that heat was not enough. Sorry to have not got to spend more time with you out there Sunday...I kept thinking we would cross paths again, but no such luck.

At any rate, that is a huge weekend of training you got in. Great job!

greyhound said...

7 deadly sins
7 wonders of the world
7 dwarves

. . . and forgiving your brother (or maybe your bike) 70 time 7 . . .

That one's the hardest.