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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Wildflower Rocks!

Without much reflection, let me just say that Wildflower is a must-do for anyone who is into triathlon. It was, by far, the best race experience I've ever had up to this point. It was also the hardest race I've done up to this point, but I had a blast from start to finish!! Why? Because I wasn't competing...I was "experiencing" Wildflower. 

We had so much fun and lucked out with amazing weather on race day. I mean AMAZING!! Virtually no wind (first time all year) and highs in the low 70s with no humidity. My nutrition was spot-on and I felt fueled and energized the entire day. I even had a couple of brushes with tri-celebrities along the course. 

My goal going into it was to do between a 6:00-6:30. Based on everything I've read and heard about the course, even those were lofty goals. Well--because I was conservative on the bike, I was able to blast a 1:47 Half-Marathon for an overall time of 5:52!   Good enough for 13th out of 90 in my age group! I'll take it--especially when I didn't feel like I pushed it at all. I truly was practicing my Ironman patience. I finished with plenty of gas in the tank, which was a huge confidence booster for Ironman Coeur D'Alene!

Pics and stories coming soon!!!


Richard said...

Sounds like a blast, but I have to ask... harder than IMAZ? Really? Damn!

etg said...

Great work, Carrie! Maybe there's a link between having fun, not taking it so seriously, and doing awesome?! Of course, no one who trains with you is surprised at your terrific outcome - you've been working really hard and it's wonderful to see it all paying off for you! All signs of good things to come... Can't wait to see your pictures...congrats!!!

katyd said...

You rock! 'nuff said.