Not long now…!!

It is coming around so fast!! Kona is just around the corner and it is less than 2 weeks until I am on way to the Island Paradise and I can’t wait!

It has been a super busy month including lots of training and some awesome local racing!

The Bogus Basin Hill climb is a popular event in Boise. Up to 500 cyclist line up on the road just outside our house at the beginning of their attempt to climb the 16 miles as fast as they can to the Ski Fields at the top. Guy and I stood out a little bit from the crowd. Actually as far as I could see we were the only 2 on time trial bikes and with the start apparently being pretty crazy I played it safe and found a spot in the middle somewhere with some of the other females. OMG..it was pain! The pace was on right from the start. I have done many time trials before but never one that was straight up for nearly 30km!! The best men completed it in around 55mins and Olympic Time Trial gold medalist Kristin Armstrong was the first female in 1.02. I was glad to say I was able to snag 2nd seven minutes behind!

The following weekend we were off to Cascade for an Olympic Distance race.

It was another gorgeous location and such a well run event. There was a sprint triathlon, Olympic Duathlon, Olympic Triathlon, 10km run. Something for everyone!

2 laps in the lake, 2 laps on the bike and one amazing run along the trails around the lake. A must do for next year!

Guy and I were both successful on the day and enjoyed the Barbecue and celebrations with everyone else after the event.

Seven days later it was back to McCall for the Payette Lake 30km run. Held at 5000 feet I competed in the event last year finishing 2nd by 30seconds and was hoping to make amends this year. The running festival like the previous weekend included 10km, 5km and the 30km events to choose from.

The morning was exceptionally chilly just prior to race start and as Bailey was not starting until later for the 5km she was my only was to keep warm!!

The gun went and it was on!! The run is very scenic a big loop around the lake with the first half only a road, then the second half some rolling trails and a few hills before returning back to town.

It was fantastic!! With my I-Pod in and some great tunes keeping me going I kept the cadence high and just focused on one mile at a time. I was worried that I may have gone out too hard, especially with the second half so much harder than the first. But with 2 miles to go it becomes mostly downhill and flat and I finished strong taking nearly 10 minutes off last years time and the female victory. It was a great confidence builder leading into Hawaii than all the run training is paying off and with a good taper I am going to be ready to go!!

Last weekend was a flying visit to Las Vegas to watch Guy race at the World 70.3 championships. I though I would have no problems watching, but I definitely would have loved to be out there. Maybe next year. I was kept busy all day spotting on the back of a Motorbike with Tom. It was so much fun!! Hopefully he may have been convinced to get involved in his first triathlon next year?

It was an amazing day for Australia with Melissa Rollinson continuing her domination and Craig Alexander sending out a warning that he is ready for Kona!

Back in Boise now for 2 weeks and some more solid training, just the way I like it!

Go the Eagles!!! From last place to the top 4….definitely can’t complain!!

Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by admin 2 Comments