Two 5ks and an A Half Ironman Triathlon

Wow!  I had an awesome weekend!  2 5ks, a half Ironman Triathlon,  and a visit with my sweet in-laws!

My first 5k was on Saturday on the cross country course that my daughter was going to be racing on later.  Super muddy, and super slow time for me.  I hope the 2 were related! On a funny note, I noticed my racing nemesis (who is really a good friend) way behind me.  I thought to myself HA – FINALLY, I’ll get to beat her!  But at the moment she saw me and yelled out my name, I knew I had a target on my back! And yep, she got me coming up a hill turning into the finish straight away.  Her son saw, and was laughing as she passed me! (In a good way).

(one of the girls from our team) Look how muddy the race was!

(one of the girls from our team) Look how muddy the race was!

My second 5k was on Sunday morning.  And I ran it as a bandit. Here’s the story:

I had been chatting with a friend last week who told me that she was training to run a 5k in under 30 minutes.  She told me which race she was going to try for it, and I – without thinking – told her what an awful finish that race had.  I could see immediately that I’d unintentionally scared the crap out of her.  Then I felt really bad.  So to try to make up for being such a butt-head, I offered to pace her.

Cheering on a friend at the end of a 5k (I'm to the left of the cones next to shirtless guy who is one of the HS XC coaches)

Pacing a friend at the end of a 5k (I’m to the left of the cones next to shirtless guy who is one of the HS XC coaches)

She didn’t quite make her goal because the finish (a full, steep, uphill mile) really is awful.  But we had fun.  Plus it was a local race, so I got to see and chat with tons of friends.  And yes, my racing nemesis was there too! I think she won the Masters! (at age 53!!)

And then it was on to the Ironman Half Triathlon in Augusta, GA.  And no, I didn’t participate.  My sister and another friend were competing, so I decided to combine a cheer trip with a quick visit with my in-laws who live nearby.

I am super impressed with both of these ladies for completing this race!  The total distance was 70.3 miles.  1.2 mile swim (1.9k), 56 mile bike (90k), and 13.1 run (21.09k).  And my sister did it in less than 6 hours!!  How awesome is that!

My sister in the run portion

My sister in the run portion

My brother in law and I were spectating next to a couple whose son and daughter were racing.  The parents were SO excited when they spotted their kids – running together!

Their mom waving to Bobby and Amy - brother and sister

Their mom waving to Bobby and Amy – brother and sister

And I saw this funny sign

A funny sign

A funny sign

Today I am trying a link up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here. Thank you ladies!

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So, overall a pretty awesome weekend.

How was your weekend? Did you do any races?

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8 thoughts on “Two 5ks and an A Half Ironman Triathlon

  1. Britsrundisney

    What a great weekend! A friend of ours did a full ironman the other week – it’s crazzzzy!! I have massive respect for anyone who does them! Your sister did amazing to do it in under 6hrs! Glad you had a good couple of 5k’s – hopefully next time you can beat that race nemesis!

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  2. HoHo Runs

    Welcome to the Weekly Wrap! That does look like a very muddy 5k! I have a couple of local nemesis, but it’s all in good fun. I think I run a little better when one of them is present, to be honest. Those Ironmen women are truly amazing. Your sister posted a very impressive time. I hope you’ll make a habit out of linking with us. We’d love to have you. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Rebecca Royy Post author

      Thanks for your kind welcome! I will try to contribute regularly…. But it always seems like a big question of whether or not I can come up with anything to say!

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  3. Debra

    Great job on all those races! I have a local rival who actually seems to show up at my out of town runs too. I definitely push harder when she’s there. It’s all in good fun! Congrats to your sister on her half ironman! That’s an awesome time!

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