Friday was only a 1500 yd swim, but I was really working hard on correcting my messed-up stroke, so I actually went 1950 yds. That's the good news. The bad news, though, is that I hurt my shoulder during the set of 500 pull. It hurt pretty bad most of the weekend, but started to feel a little better today.
Saturday, the plan was to run the St. Patty's Day 10k followed by a 3hr45min bike, followed by a 20 minute run off. There were thunderstorms coming in right at start time, though, so they delayed the 10k until 11:00. That worked out well, because there was also an underwater egg hunt at the rec center at 11:00...so J.T. took the kids to the egg hunt while I raced. I was a little concerned about this race because my plan hasn't included a whole lot of running lately. But perhaps that just had me nice and tapered, because I felt great the whole time! I'm covering too much in this post to give you a play by play, but the splits are below, and my final time was 48:48 - a new 10k PR! Woohoo! And this course was pretty hilly, too. My time was good enough for 2nd Overall Female also. 1st Overall Female was H.J. - the Holly that's not my sister that's crazy fast and is on her way to Boston this year - Congrats Holly! She finished labout 2 minutes ahead of me and there was no catching her. Lee - another running buddy - brought home the 2nd Overall Male. Heather was 4th overall female and 1st in the 35-39 age group. John D. got first in his age group, Kim C. got first in the 30-34 age group, Audra got second in the 30-34 age group, Yogi got second in his age group, Kevin S. got second in his AG and Mike got third in his AG. Our newest soon to be half marathoner in town, Karen H. ran a really great race, and I'm pretty sure she came home with hardware, too...but I can't remember the place - Congrats Karen and everyone else! Also, congrats to Kailey - Joe B.'s daughter who gets the bravery award for finishing her first 10k on training that has only consisted of 2 mile runs - way to go Kailey! It was a great time with great friends and lots of great running. Austin and Cindy at the rec center really did a great job with this race. It was very well organized, the route was great, and the post race food and awards were awesome.
After the 10k was delayed and everybody else wanted to wait and ride on Sunday, I agreed to do the same. This meant I would miss swim class, but since my shoulder has a sharp pain in it from my messed up stroke, I figured it was best to rest it anyway. I met Kevin S., Joe B., and Mike N. for a 60 mile, 3:45 ride up Monteagle Mtn. and through Pelham, Providence and Hillsboro. The wind was all up in our face, but we considered it good Gulf Coast training and pushed on. Afterwards, Mike and I followed what the BT plan said and did a 30 minute run to complete the brick. I'd have to say this was my best workout thus far.