Lake Placid, NY Trip – Ironman!

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Last Monday morning, Colby, Amy, her husband Matt and I drove to Lake Placid, NY so the boys could sign up for the 2014 Ironman!

Colby and Matt competed in the half Ironman – Eagleman this past June and Colby completed Ironman Lake Placid in 2010.

What is an Ironman?

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Lake Placid is a “full 140.6″ triathlon – the longest distance triathlon.  If you ever see a “140.6” sticker on the back of someone’s car, it’s for the Ironman! 70.3 is the half Ironman distance.

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Originally, Colby made plans to go to Lake Placid so he could sign up for the race.  You have to sign up a year in advance and there are only 3,000 spots.  This year, Ironman opened up a group deal online the Friday before the race.  If you signed up for Syracuse, NY half Ironman 70.3 and Lake Placid Ironman together, you could get in early online.  Colby and Matt both decided to do this so they could secure their spot.  They wanted to do a half Ironman leading up to the big race, and this one will fit into their training plan.

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We decided to still go to Lake Placid even though they were signed up for the race.  Lake Placid is beautiful and the guys were happy to ride part of the race course.

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We got our hotel taken care of for next year’s race because they were starting to sell out!  We are making a vacation of it and it will be nice to run and bike in this beautiful area.

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The town is really cute and surrounds Mirror Lake.  The actual Lake Placid is close by, but is a bigger body of water.  The race swim takes place in Mirror Lake.

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This was on the beach area around Mirror Lake.  The guys decided to go for a quick swim after their long bike ride.

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Ironman 70.3 Eagleman

On Sunday, Colby and I drove to Cambridge, MD for his half Ironman called the Eagleman.  Colby loves triathlons and has done a full Ironman (Lake Placid 2010).  The Eagleman 70.3 consists of: 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 run.  He started training around January for this race and has been consistent with his training.  Good thing I like to workout and trained for a half-marathon this past spring, because he was always working out in the morning and evening.

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We checked into our hotel Saturday morning, and drove to the expo in the afternoon.  We didn’t know, but Andy Potts was there for a meet and greet!  He is a pro triathlete and won the race on Sunday.

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After the expo, the boys had to get their bikes into the transition area.  Amy‘s husband Matt raced too so I was super lucky to have Amy with me all weekend to walk around and worry with while the guys raced!

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There was a lot of rain leading up to the race, so it was crazy muddy!  I got a ride around so I didn’t have to mess up my TOMS :)

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On Sunday, we got to the race very early.  Matt’s swim wave was at 8:00 and Colby’s was at 8:30.  Colby was worried that he was the second to last swim wave because we knew it was going to get hot later in the day.

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At the finish line!  You can see Amy cheering Colby on in the Tiffany blue/green shirt… she bought it for the Nike Half and thought it was too green! :)  I wanted to make sure to get a good picture of him at the finish, so he didn’t really see me until I took the picture.

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As you can see, he had a GREAT race!! His goal was 5 hours and he was thrilled to go under 5!  I checked my phone compulsively during the race, but some of the half way marks didn’t show up.  He was so fast on his bike, I missed him at transition 2!  The weather did get really hot and sunny later in the day.  He said the run was really difficult because of the heat.  He was a little sore after the race, but was able to run 3 miles with me yesterday morning.  I can’t believe how his legs are in such great shape!  He was curious as to why his swim time was a few minutes slower than expected, but after looking up the pro’s times, they were slower too.  He thought it must have been a little longer than 1.2. Oh well, he still went under 5 hours!

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At dinner that night… he has given up drinking soda since January so he was very happy to have cherry coke Sunday night!  He deserved it :)

Swimming?

So, I got sick this week.  I almost expected it from crashing after the wedding/honeymoon high.  Fever and cold this week, nothing too horrible but I tried to catch up on sleep.  I started feeling sick last Sunday when I had planned to do a 5 mile run, skipped it and I haven’t run for a week.  I’m okay with it. Maybe this week!

So a few months ago, I found this indoor triathlon that is near me this February.  The idea of an indoor triathlon was kinda interesting… 10 minute swim in a lap pool, 30 minutes on a stationary bike and 20 minutes on a treadmill.  I’ve been to spin classes and road my mountain bike before, so I’m not “scared” of a stationary bike, I’m just not used to biking very often.  The swimming is what is completely foreign to me… No, I wouldn’t drown in a pool, and I could swim a few laps with bad form while keeping my head above the water.  Swimming intimidates me.  That one piece?!? Students possibly seeing me at the high school pool? The goggles? The swim cap? My hair turning green from chlorine?!?!?!?! It’s scary to me.

So what did I do?

 

I bought this last week. (Along with swimmer shampoo, swim cap and goggles)  It is actually not that bad because of the skinny straps and the pink.  I decided a few months ago that I wanted Colby to teach me how to formally swim so I could attempt this February indoor triathlon.  It is totally crazy to me because it makes me so uncomfortable, but I kinda want a new challenge.  I love running, but it hasn’t been loving me for the past few months.  I’ve taken a break from it and started to really explore group classes like CXWORX, BodyFlow and BodyPump more seriously.  I’ve also been into yoga and working out at home.  I’m still running, but just not on a formal training plan like before.  I got sick of it.

So, this afternoon Colby is taking me to the high school pool for my first lesson.  I’m terrified.

 

Also, my hair is driving me crazy.

(from the honeymoon)

I always have long hair. Even when I was little, it was always long.  I cut it once to my collar bone my freshman year of college and hated it.  It was too thick and almost all one length.  I didn’t know what to do with it, so I let it grow back out.  That was before I had my fabulous hairdresser Rachel, and she is also a great friend from high school.  She’s amazing and I let her do whatever she wants to my hair.  Luckily, that isn’t ever anything crazy.  For the past year, I’ve been just doing slight trims and letting my hair get really long for the wedding.  I knew I wanted it up, and wanted her to have as much as possible to work with.  That isn’t hard, because I have really thick hair!

So anyways, the last time I saw her right before the wedding, she barely trimmed it and now it is thick and long and does nothing. I’ve been curling it everyday just to give it a little something, but it needs cut.  Also, my CHI (straightener that I use also to curl) is dying!!! I’m in a panic and hate to spend the $$$ for another but I’m going to have to do it soon.

Part of me wants to do something daring (for me) and I’ve been looking at these pictures a lot…

Love Carrie Underwoods hair. This wouldn’t be too crazy for me.

But I’m pretty obsessed with Julianne Hough’s new hair.

I LOVE it but I would hate to go that drastic right away. Oh well, I guess I will see how I am feeling Tuesday afternoon when I have my cut appointment! Speaking of Julianne Hough, she cut her hair for a new movie she is in – Safe Haven.  This is a Nicholas Sparks book that will be a movie in February.

 After watching the trailer and loving her hair, I decided to get the book on my iPad. I NEVER read Nicholas Sparks books because I think they are usually too “sappy” but this one is great! I started last night, and I am over half way through it.  It is more of a mystery-romance and I’m really liking it.

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Colby’s Triathlon and Grad Classes

Just over a week ago Colby and I had a very hectic weekend.  He was signed up for a sprint triathlon in Harrisburg Sunday morning, and I was going to DC Sunday night to see Coldplay in concert with Anne.  The next day we were starting a week long technology grad class that I was really excited about.  The first day of the grad class I felt like a zombie running on a few hours of sleep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though it was very hot at the tri, Colby won his age group and had fun! I promise I have been exercising, but took a bunch of days off last week with the grad class!  I’ve been going to CX and BodyPump a few times a week and trying to walk, run or elliptical too.  I LOVE CX class and even convinced Colby to go yesterday!  He said it was harder than he expected but would go again!   I was going to go to Pump tonight, but it is just so hot and I just taught music lessons all day.  I have not been running outside at all this summer.  I hate running in the heat and I don’t really think I need to because I’m not training for a fall race.  Sometimes I really wish I had a treadmill in the basement.  I will try to walk/run when it cools off tonight and maaaaaybe do some yoga.