Sunday, August 17, 2014

Franny Flyer 10K

At the last minute, I realized the Franny Flyer 1K, 5K, and 10K was happening locally and I had an open schedule!  Who doesn't want to sign up for a race with a fun name like that!?!  So off I went race day morning, signed up, and took on the 10K challenge. The Franny Flyer is only my third "stand alone" 10K race that I have participated in.  A challenge it was!  The heat and humidity made for a doosey of a race and I certainly didn't PR...but I did get in one stellar workout and finished the race!

The mismatched running clothes are a result of needing to do laundry and a last minute decision to race!  :)

The race was hosted by St. Francis Xavier and coincided with their parish festival!  T-shirts (super soft, cotton ones at that) were guaranteed to those preregistered and I also received one on race day!The chip-timed 10K course was well laid out, sending runners through quiet neighborhoods and on bike paths. The volunteers on the course were amazing and made it impossible to take a wrong turn. Four water stops along the way kept me hydrated and cool.  Age group awards/medals were handed out three deep in each 10 year interval. Of course, I held my coveted 4th place finish with a time of 1:02:56!  I would highly recommend the Franny Flyer to anyone looking for a fun, inexpensive, and all around wonderful race!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Winding Down The Season With Graniteman Big Lake

I finished off my triathlon season this year with Graniteman Big Lake. This was the fifth and final (unless my arm gets twisted to do another) triathlon of the season. The Graniteman course was great! My favorite component was the fast bike course, which headed out on quieter country roads and traversed some beautiful pine stands!  The sky was overcast with a few spits of rain here and there--it felt great and kept me cool.

Paula and I!  This was Paula's third triathlon and she rocked it!

Not sure why I stripped my cap and goggles before the wetsuit.  Photos are a great analysis of a race!
Here are my results:

Swim:  13:00 (.33 miles--although I and others felt the swim course was a little on the long side)
T1:  1:08
Bike:  46:11
T2:  1:12
Run:  30:05

Total:  1:31:35

Loving the bike course!
I was very happy to have maintained a sub 10:00 min/mile for my 5K run. The only glitch I had in the race was regarding my timing chip. And no, it didn't fall off!  After completing the race I did not have a finish time that registered. The individuals in the timing van reassured me I would have a time eventually. Well, after two days I received my final finish time. Of course this wait was hard for me as I am typically close (4th, 5th, or 6th) to the podium in my age group and I am very competitive with myself.  I ended up 6th in my age group and was thankful to receive an official finish time.  Therefore, I no longer was on the DNF list. :)

A very photogenic day for me with smiles all around!
I had some great fan support/photographers at the race as well!  Thanks Jill, Jason, Genna, Jackson, and Heather!!