A wetsuit is a necessary piece of equipment for early season triathlons, especially for long distances. I had never swam in a wetsuit before since I've of course only done one tri in my life, and that was last July. But I had gotten this super nice Xterra Vector Pro on a steal last year. I remember getting it in the mail, attempting to get it on, giving up, and hanging it up for six months. Well, eventually the ice melted and it was time to get in the open water, so I met up with Joe for a very chilly early morning swim a few weeks ago.
|Farm Pond, Sherborn MA|
|Not sure if I qualify as "competent"!|
And like any other piece of sporting equipment, the wetsuit found a way to chafe me. Ah the perils of having such baby soft skin!
|Grossness on the back of my neck!|
I've been diligently trying to get in long rides on the bike, and whenever possible I try to get someone to go with me. But on Memorial Day I went out alone. The weather was iffy, but finally the weather man insisted that the rain was done, the clouds were breaking up, and we were in for a sunny afternoon. I headed out for my 30+ mile ride, and got stuck in a rainstorm about 10 miles into it. I pedaled through increasingly heavy rain through Grafton, Upton, and Westboro, and finally took shelter under a tree in Hopkinton until the rain let up a bit.
|Hiding under a maple tree|
|This is my sad face, dropping Lexi off at Landry's for some repair. This is *not* my blue steel face.|
|Sporting a pretty impressive bruise on my knee after the crash, which bulged out like an extra knee cap|
Two weekends ago I hit my peak volume before starting to taper for this race. On Saturday I did a 1 mile open water swim, then 25 miles on the bike with Marie, and then a 5 mile run. On Sunday I met up with Rori and did a 53 mile ride with him through a bazillion towns. I was actually tired going into the ride, and pretty pooped about halfway through. I was also having a lot of neck pain and had to stop a couple times to stretch. I picked a pretty sweet place to stop though!
|I could've spent all day watching those chickens! This was in Dover, MA|
That busy weekend left me feeling tired for days, so I listened to my body and backed off a bit. In the meantime, I had other things to do!
After being out of commission since winter, Rocco is finally ready for some short rides. If there's an upside to this, I guess it was good timing since it allowed me to invest more time in my triathlon training, but I'm really looking forward to hitting the trails again with this handsome fella.
Kayaking! Julia and I went out last weekend for Julia's maiden voyage of the kayak she got for Mother's Day. It was only my second excursion in mine, but we looked like pro's out there and had a blast paddling around all the little islands of Lake Whitehall in Hopkinton.
So, tomorrow afternoon I head down to the race venue. I'll be staying at a hotel about 10 miles from the race start, so I'll check in and then head to packet pickup. They're having a seminar for race day strategies, and although by now I should have my strategy nailed down, I could probably use a few tips! Check back in next week to hear all about the 70.3 miles of