2011: Swim a 2.5-mile race. Ride the 2nd- or 3rd-steepest incline the next day, in the middle of the "faster" group, as part of a 65-mile ride.
We've come a long way, baby.
|The ladies of the LTST!|
|The 2011 Lake Tuscawilla Swim Team|
Overall, this event went perfectly. In fact, I made it out of the water 3rd out of 7 in my group, and all the way until the ¾-mark I felt fast and strong. When I did reach the half, I knew it was time to put some effort in. However, the lifeguards incorrectly told me several times that I was only one buoy away from the finish, and the extra sighting and mental drain did take a little out of me toward the end.
All in all, it was a great event. I ended the day with some concerns about how tough the 3.1-mile swim in October will really be. Yes, it’s only .6 more than I swam in Jax, but that’s .6 more than an already extremely tiring and salty swim.
Here’s where I need to focus:
|2010 S-Works Helmet|
|My yummy new LGY shorts|
Admittedly, iIt's been a long time since I bought road shorts. I own 1 pair that are now too old and large, and they were uber-cheap.
Well, CYCLING SHORTS ARE NICE NOW! Gone are the days of rubber gripper legs, tiny, high elastic waists, and ultra-shiny material. I finally settled, after much debate, on the Garneau Deville short, which has more of a spinning pad (they call it the Tri-Air Chamois). It's got amazingly soft fabric, a yoga-like waistband, and lovely flatlocked seams. Best of all, the padded areas are minimalist.
I could have gone with one of the heavily-padded sensor shorts, but I just couldn't do it. I own 3 pair of tri shorts, 1 of which has absolutely no padding (only a chamois), 1 of which is now too large, and all of which are rather old (3+ years). And, finally, the best news of ALL is that I am now a MEDIUM short and a LARGE top . Regular-people sizes, not Extra or Super or anything that's hard-to-find.
I'll let you know how the shorts work and how the sore spots fare tomorrow when I ride 65 miles in 'em!
PS - after the ride, we're hitting a tapas brunch for delicious food and sangria to celebrate my cancer-free-ness and the last free week before the semester starts. Woohoo!