Ok 2014....here we go!
Rock and Roll Arizona Marathon - January
|Me barely upright post race, they had to get the car for me!|
Glencoe Icebreaker 10km April 2014
After the marathon I took some time off so this was my first post marathon test of fitness. I felt fitter than previous years this time of year so knew I could likely set a course PR here. Conditions were great and I finished in 40:20, a great time for me for April!
Calgary Police Half April 2014
|Enjoying Florence, Italy with my girl Ayden|
Sylvan Lake Sprint May 2014
This is one of my favorite tri's! So well run and organized and awesome volunteers. I didn't taper for this race and felt like it was an equal performance to the year before ( I was a minute faster than 2013, but didn't have race wheels in 2013 so call it even!). A good indication that the season was off to a good start. The swim and bike were strong and the run almost felt effortless! My time was 1:16:21 ( a sprint with a 26km bike course).
Calgary Marathon 10km June 2014
This race was late add on. I was planning on attending the race to support my athletes doing the half and full marathons so decided to throw in the 10km as I would be there anyways. I went out pretty quick but discovered that it was feeling pretty great so decided to go for it. Around the 5km mark I realized I was on my way to a new PB and quite possibly a sub 39 min 10km, which is a standard I never thought I would hit. I dug in as hard as I could in the last 3 km and crossed the line in 38:58! A new surprise PB!
Wasa Lake Triathlon June 2014
|Hardest part of the race! Winner's speech!|
|On the bike, thanks Ken Anderson for the pic!|
|Hurting on the run!|
Lake Chapparral Olympic Distance Aug 2014
|Swim start! That's speedy Kristina Schulz with no wetsuit.|
refocus on the upcoming age group world champs.
Part of this build was to do another OD race before Sept. This was right in between the two races so was the perfect option. All went well, I had a strong swim, stayed right on the feet of strong triathlete and swimmer Kristina Schulz. I passed her early on in the bike and stayed in first for the rest of the race. Went out on to the run feeling good but around 7km I started getting pain in my hamstring so pulled up and slowed down as I have history of pulling hamstrings :). I was still able to hold onto first and good time as well. 2:12:52.
Grizzly 1500m open water swim, Aug 2014
|The TTL gang post swim.|
ITU Age Group World Champs Sept 2014
We lined up and I chose a spot I had practiced on a couple days earlier. I had a good start and was off quickly. I swam most of the race on my own, in 4th or 5th place. I came out of the water 5th, and passed one gal after the exit so I could cross to the other side of the chute to high 5 Leoni and Hillie who were hard to miss in their TTL gear. I ended up passing another gal in transition but didn't know it.
|First lap of the run course|
|The fam with swag :)|
I had done it! I think I cried a few more times that day, running into other people who had supported me or chatting on the phone with people... and the text messages and facebook posts..... it was so overwhelming. Snagging the gold medal later that night at the closing ceremonies and holding up the Canadian flag is a memory I will never forget!
|Claiming the gold for Canada!|
Melissa's 10km Sept 2014
I took a week off after Worlds and then it back to a couple weeks of training to do Melissa's. I had been having some hip pain so wasn't sure how that would go, but knew I was fit and set a goal of running this race in 39:00. With the big hill I knew I would have my work cut out for me but wanted to give it a try. I did have some pain in my hip for most of the race but nothing that I couldn't manage. I had a quick first couple kms and then settled in to "effort" for the climb up the hill. Once I crested I worked on making up a bit of time on the downhills and then running strong the final 5kms in town. This run hurt (do I say this about all my races???)! I managed a 39:07 which I was thrilled with! It was a 2:05 course PR! Good enough for 4th overall and 3rd in my age group.
After Melissa's I ramped up the training for Last Chance Half. My hip was slowly getting better and the workouts were going really well! I was excited at the chance (weather permitting) to have a PB day. However, my body had other plans and I pulled my hamstring 4 days out from the race. I celebrated the end of a good season with some chips and dip and a bottle of wine (together, I know....gross!).
On to 2015.....