Monday, June 29, 2009

Race 2/4 Des Moines, Iowa

Well, that's 2/2 with a 23rd placing. This one went a bit better, swim still has a lot to be desired, going back to the drawing board on that one! I was, again, a little farther back than I would have liked out of the water, putting me in a small chase group on the bike. Again, only a few were willing to do any work, we picked up stragglers and then dropped them and some others in our group, it finally shrank to about 6 girls. It was hot, I was hot, I tried to stay hydrated/fuelled but I could sense I was in a bit of trouble...when you start to get dizzy on your bike, it's not a good sign! Onto the run, I was in rough shape, I stuck with Kerry Lang (GBR), well really, I made myself stay with her because I was really woozy--at one point the course went right and my body kept going left! It was not by any means a blistering run (well, maybe just for my poor feet!)!

Unfortunately, I let the heat get the better of me on the day and I finished in 23rd spot. It was a good effort on the bike and a mentally strong run (just not very fast!) considering the state I was in! After the finish it was straight to the ice bath, a quick change, cycle to the hotel, a cold shower, packed the bike and gear, drive to the airport. Land in Calgary at 11:59pm, Richard there to pick me up. Sleep in own bed, wash clothes, repack, have dinner with Richard, head back to the airport, fly to Europe--2 more tries for a better race.

Now, I am sitting in the lounge in London, waiting for my flight to Amsterdam. Races 3a/b are this week. First is the Team relay in Holten on Thursday followed by European Championships on Sunday! Should be fun!!


Haley Cooper said...

Holy cow Lisa. I think very carefully about straddling time zones when I race and you're presently skipping across them like nothing. I can't imagine racing in that heat either! Hopefully Amsterdam will be a little cooler. You deserve a break. Stay strong and good luck in Europe!

BreeWee said...

I'm with Haley, you are doing amazing with the travel load!
I am sending out all the good vibes and thoughts and prayers to you for a couple of GREAT races! Then I hope you get home to some recovery :)

Keep hanging on, after the crapola races and hard work there eventually comes one when all the stars align!

Heleen bij de Vaate said...

Hi Lisa,
I wish you a lot of good luck during the EC. It's also hot in Holland but well now you know how to handle it. You dit really a good job in the half IM's.
Keep going!

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa,
Can't imagine how you can race in that kind of heat, the only racing I would do is from my air conditioned office to my air conditioned vehicle.
Good luck in Holland, hope you have time to get over the jetlag.
We will be cheering you on!!!
Go get 'em & kick some European butt!!
p.s. make sure to give all our relatives my love and a big hug.