What a weekend! We headed down to Husky early friday afternoon to spend a weekend with friends, competing in triathlons and generally just have fun! Oh, and to celebrate Loz’s dirty thirty birthday!
Friday afternoon: 1km ocean swim.
I looked at the buoys and honestly wondered WHY I do this to myself… open water swimming scares the absolute crap out of me and looking at those buoys I honestly questioned whether or not I could make it!
Turns out I could – and took 3 minutes off my time from Callala which is a HUGE improvement as the conditions in Husky were worse… it was super choppy and I swallowed a ridiculous amount of sea water! I came in 9th for my age group which I was super stoked about!
Nate and Brooke absolutely SMASHED it and it was a great way to loosen up before the sprint on Saturday! I went to bed feeling a lot more confident and managed to get some sleep this time!
Saturday: Sprint Tri (750m swim, 20km ride, 5km run)
I woke up on Saturday feeling pretty tired but SUPER excited! My game plan was again to survive the swim, go hard on the bike and use whatever I had left for the run.
The swim was SO much harder than the 1km the day before despite the ocean being a lot calmer, there were people going everywhere and I definitely found it hard to find a rhythm.
Coming out to T1 I heard the cheers of The Meaties – seriously the best cheer squad EVER!
Onto the bike I wanted to push as hard as I could to see what my leggies had in them – I overtook HEAPS of girls this time, which again was an improvement on Callala!
Coming into T2 I heard The Meat Trays cheers again… I had not prepared very well for transition though, forgetting to untie my shoelaces BEFORE the race is something I will never forget to do again!
The first half of the run was harder than expected, I definitely don’t feel as quick as I was last season and I was pretty disappointed in my time (24:28) but I guess it just means I have a goal to improve on! I picked it up on the way back to come home in a total time of 1:26:26 my goal had been to get under 90minutes so I succeeded there! I am still getting my head around pacing and having faith in my fitness to know I can push harder…
Then it was time to cheer on the rest of The Meaties and enjoy some beers celebrating Lauren’s 30th and engagement(!!)…
This week Nate and I have made a more structured training schedule to include more speed work before Wollongong next weekend… my aim is to have my ‘A’ race come together for Port Stephens in May… I will need to get my hands on a wetsuit by then too!
These little energy bites are the PERFECT snack for on the bike… or when you are craving something sweet = me ALL the time!
The bits and pieces
1 C almonds
1 Tbsp cinnamon
3 fresh dates, pitted
3 Tbsp raisins
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/3 C shredded coconut
sesame seeds, for rolling
In a food processor, process almonds until they are roughly chopped. Add dates, cinnamon and raisins until they start getting sticky and coming together.
Remover half the mixture and roll into small balls then roll in sesame seeds.
Add cocoa and coconut to food processor and process for about 2 minutes until well combined.
Remove and roll into balls – store these guys in an airtight container in the fridge.
Delicious and super dooper easy!