2021 week 21: wild ride

Last week was a wild ride. The week started with me crashing my bike while commuting home from work on Monday and ended with me standing on the podium at the Clear Lake Olympic Distance Triathlon. During my commute home on Monday, I was in a construction zone that used caution tape to connect barricades to block off one lane of traffic. The wind blew just right to where the caution tape got caught on my handle bars and took me down. Thankfully I had just started moving from a stopped position at a stop light, so I wasn’t going more than 2 mph and when I fell. I am incredibly grateful I wasn’t run over by vehicles from behind. The pavement gave me some hard kisses, which caused me to endure some road rash, bruising, and a swollen left hand, but I’m grateful as it definitely could have been much worse! After listening to the signs from the universe to rest, I was ready to end the week with my first triathlon in 21 months! Yay for IRL triathlon racing, hugs, friends, high-fives, PRs, and podium finishes!

Quote of the week:

“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.”


Swim: 3547 yards

Thursday I finally got up the courage to get back in the water to test my left hand and shoulder. I wanted to make sure they were ready to race on Saturday. Since this wasn’t an A (or even a B) race, I was 100% content with pulling the plug on racing if anything felt injured or on the fringe of injury after my bike crash. Thankfully everything felt GREAT and I was ready to race!

  • Warm up:
    • 300 swim with fins
    • 300 kick with fins
    • 300 pull
  • Main Set:
    • 100 HARD (15 sec rest)
    • 200 steady (10 sec rest)
    • 300 HARD (15 sec rest)
    • 200 steady (10 sec rest)
    • 100 HARD (15 sec rest)
  • Cool Down:
    • 200 any
Everything feels good! #LFG ⚡️

Bike: 55.4 miles

Giving the legs a little “pop” with some power intervals to test the body before race day. I felt strong and ready to race!

Little pops of power to wake the legs up for race day! ⚡️

Run: 12.0 miles

After testing the body on the run, it was official…I felt healed enough to toe the start line at the Clear Lake Triathlon on Saturday!

Testing the body on the run. We are strong. We are ready. We are a GO! ⚡️

Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily

Weekly Totals: 7 hours & 51 minutes

Attitude of Gratitude:

Thank you Nick, at Vitality Massage Ames for keeping me healthy and race ready!
SO GRATEFUL this wasn’t worse!
More dog walks with two of our girls! 🥰
Getting to race again and squeeze into the Roka wetsuit…oh how I’ve missed doing the neoprene shimmy!
Getting to see friends, hug, high-five, and race was such a joy! 🥰
I’m glad I remember how to set up a transition area after 21 months away from Tri racing! (I’ll have a race report later this week.)
Grateful for my Normatec Recovery squeeze and snuggles!

What were your highlights from week 21 of 2021?! Are IRL triathlon races happening in your area?!

2 thoughts on “2021 week 21: wild ride

  1. That caution tape really had it out for you! I’m glad that you came out of it ok, but those are some nasty scrapes and bruises. The pictures from that race are fabulous. We are just starting to be able to book second shots here, so we are slowly returning back to normal as well. Have a great week-Cheers!

    1. Yes, the caution tape was the universe’s way of reminding me to slow down. I’m glad you’re able to get dose #2 soon! Have a fantastic week! 💙💛

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