The storm reports from Monday, August 8th show what this past week was like! We had a wind gust of 96 mph reported in Lahoma! Wow! The heat dome moved away and BOOM! We had Northwest flow aloft and storms rolled through. Another wind event slammed central Oklahoma Tuesday night, particularly Edmond. I also stayed up Friday night through 2 in the morning Saturday tracking storms at the station. I think our coverage went well but I was wiped!
We're Going How Far?!
So let's rewind back to last Saturday, August 6. As you've likely read before, our Team in Training workouts are usually on Saturday morning and swim practice is on Monday. Two Saturday's ago I met up at Lake Hefner at 8 in the morning expected a 30 or maybe 40 mile ride. In typical Emily fashion, I showed up a few minutes late and scrambled to set up Michael Jackson (the name of my bike because it's Black and White!).
Michael Jackson was bad, was bad, you know it! (haha) Seriously, I started out with a back flat tire which is the worst one to have due to dealing with the gears! I fixed it and we prepared to head out. Right before I clipped in, Coach Megan explained our route to Okarche.
Remember this picture from a former post? Yes, only a few weeks prior my parents and I DROVE about 30 minutes to Okarche for fried chicken. How ironic I was riding my bike there to not eat fried chicken but train for a triathlon! I guess I did not know what I was getting into!
I later found out from Schlegel's repair shop that I bent a part when I fell on the grass at an early morning ride with Joleen and Heather the week before (picture on the left). Side note: we rode 40 miles before heading into work that day! Hardcore!
After the flat fiasco, Jill flew ahead and left me behind. I was nervous because I did not bring my phone and did not have any supplies left for another flat. I just prayed I would make it to Okarche to meet up with the group! Riding with messed up gears and a poor attitude, I bitterly pulled up to Okarche with two empty waterbottles. Once I washed the bike grease off of my hands and filled up on water, I felt a bit better. This was 30 miles in. I realized I had a long ride back!
Coach Jill warned me that the way back was hot, windy, and hilly. I mentally prepared myself for a miserable ride and it ended up not being too bad! A few other people got flats on the ride back so at least I wasn't alone. The only problem on the way back was lack of water. I only have two waterbottles on my bike and in 100 degree heat, they run out fast. Thankfully I didn't have to go for too long...we stopped at a few gas stations to fill up, eat a few snacks, and wait for our full group of six.
After all the pit stops, we finally got back to Lake Hefner 5 and a half hours later! The ride itself took around 4 hours total. But more importantly, I reached a new milestone! 57 miles! On race day I will have to do 56 miles but it will not be as hilly or hot. I was exhausted, dehydrated, and hot but I felt great for accomplishing what I never knew was possible! I ended up with a nasty heat rash on my thighs but I will spare you by not posting the pic. Thankfully, it went away the next day. I looked it up and there isn't much you can do but just keep the area cool so the pores can open up.
Team Jo & Em Fundraiser #2
Let's jump ahead one week later to the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival Dunk Tank fundraiser! Joleen spearheaded this event since it's her hometown and she is a runner up Watermelon Queen! I must admit, after staying up until 2 in the morning tracking severe weather, I did not exactly want to wake up at 7 in the morning to drive an hour away and get dunked in cold water. However, fundraising is part of the training in Team in Training. So I got my butt out of bed and it ended up being a blast! I'll let the pictures tell the story.
|Bobbie Miller, Joleen Chaney, Emily Sutton|
|Rocking our new Watermelon Festival hats! |
Thanks Representative Joe Dorman!
|This watermelon weighs more than Bobbie!|
We had fun and raised $361.85! Thanks to everyone who came out to support the cause!
Arcadia Lake Triathlon
|Me, Nate, Janna|
|Brittany, me, Janna|
This time around I felt a lot more comfortable setting up since I had one sprint tri under my belt. Once again, I had to borrow tri-shorts since I'm holding out for the new TNT tri-shorts.
aquabike (a triathlon minus the run) participants. First timers and slow swimmers made up the third and final wave and wore pink caps.
Redman. I'm glad I did. I need to practice open water swimming a bit more. It's a whole different ball game from the pool! Spotting can be a challenge but the worst part for me were people all around kicking and elbowing me. Fortunately, it wasn't too bad and I managed to keep a decent pace.
Once we were done swimming, we had to run up the beach to the transition area. I quickly put my socks, cycling shoes, helmet and sunglasses and ran my bike out of the transition area.
Run, Emily, Run!
Once I made it back to the transition area I was pumped to run and get'r'done! I quickly racked my bike, switched to my running shoes, and hit the pavement! I did not have a race belt, so I had to safety pin my number while running out of the transition area. Like the bike course, the run course was hilly! But like the bike course, I surprised myself on how much I've improved! I don't know how fast I was going but I was flying! I still don't consider myself much of a runner but I knew I could push hard for 3.1 miles. I actually passed 4 or 5 people!
I sprinted to the finish and thought I was going to have a heart attack. Sprinting across the finish line with everything I had I promptly wheezed out, "holy sh*t!" Classy, I know. You stay classy, Emily.
Redman but I'm quickly discovering how much I enjoy sprint triathlons. I love unleashing my competitive side. There's a great camaraderie as well within the triathlon community. Afterwards we all hung out, ate some food, drank some beer (yes, they had a keg?!) and talked about the race. I will definitely be doing another sprint triathlon in the future! But first....let's focus on the Redman! It's a little over a month away!
Thanks for sticking with me! I know I wrote a lot...but think of it as a 3 for 1. 3 blog entries for the price of 1. Have a great week and stay tuned for updates!