Posts Tagged ‘Menlo’

Coached Practice Tri

March 19, 2009

For last weekend’s coached workout, was we were  scheduled to do open water sprint distance practice tri at UVAS reservoir, but due to some rules and regulations our team was unable to attain the necessary permits. So we instead had a much easier practice tri in menlo park.  Since, I could have really used extra practice in open water, I was kinda bummed we didn’t get to UVAS.  In any case, it was good fun practice. We had 600m swim in the pool, 18 mile bike ride around portola loop and a 3 mile run. Our captains and coaches wanted us to weave all three events together and get used to riding wet, running wet and adjusting to transitions. Just like how it will be on race day, we got race numbers and body marked.

Just like on race day, we practiced getting body marked.

Getting body marked.

We started the first wave of the race. 1/2 of us were in the outdoor pool, while the other 1/2 stayed in heated bubble. Tony and I opted for the cold unheated, outdoor pool. Burrrrrr….

Group picture of our wave before the practice start.

Group picture of our wave before the practice start.

During the rush of the start, I hung in the back to avoid getting clubbed in the head.

During the rush of the start, I hung in the back to avoid getting clubbed in the head.

Tony during the swim.

Tony during the swim.

Afterward, we practiced transitioning from swim to bike. Dry off, change from swim clothes to biking clothes, eat, drink etc.

Tony in transition.

Tony in transition.

We then did an 18 mile bike ride around Portola Loop.

The faster bikers.

The faster bikers.

Tony on his 18 mile ride.

Tony on his 18 mile ride.

Donella returning from her ride.

Donella returning from her ride.

Tony coming in from his bike ride to run.

Tony coming in from his bike ride to run.

After our 18 mile bike ride, we transition from our bike gear into an immediate 3 mile run.

High fives on my way to my run.

High fives on my way to my run.

Tony on his run.

Tony on his run.

Where is the finish line?!!

Where is the finish line?!!

We ran to the finish line where our coaches, captains, mentors and honorees cheered us on, we crossed the finish line and got a paper medal. It was made out of construction paper and markers, but it added to the fun of the  race and made it enjoyable. It was a treat. Thank you to everyone handcrafted the awards! I’m sure it too a lot of work.

Tony came in 1st place and recived his medal.

Tony came in 1st place and received his medal.

Yay!

Yay!

Teamamtes crossing the finish! Go Team!

Teamamtes crossing the finish! Go Team!

With our construction paper medals!

Sporting our construction paper medals!

After the practice tri we hung out and had a BBQ with the rest of the team. It was a nice way to have some fun, food and share our experience about the practice.

The finish line led us to a BBQ.

The finish line led us to a BBQ.

For more pictures, check out more picture on our flickr site.

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Making up for Last Week

February 24, 2009

During the last few days work has been pretty busy. So we didn’t have as much time to train, on Wednesday, we returned back from the long holiday for lovely coached swim at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park. And I’ll admit, I wasn’t in the mood to swim. I was feeling under the weather and just wanted to plop on the couch with a egg nuggets and boba (milk tea tapioca). The practice was relatively easy (nothing nerve racking like snake swimming) just regular drills. But boy were my lungs gasping. Who knew that taking a week off of swimming would mess with my endurance? This was going to have to make up for last week’s laziness. During our weekly announcements, coach Meggen shared a letter that Jensen’s mom had written to our team. If you recall, Jensen is one of our team honorees and is the little girl undergoing chemo treatment for cancer. Last January, her past few rounds of chemo had not been good. In the letter, her mom was sharing the struggles that Jensen, her brother and sister and the rest of the family have been coping with. In the letter you can hear the emotion and the hardship in her voice. It was very touching. It always a reality check when you hear the personal journey of one of our honorees. Sometimes in the thick of work, training and just living life, I must remember why we are doing this. Evelyn’s (Jensen’s mom) letter shares the personal ups and downs of battling cancer. It was a good reminder that each individual can make an impact in so many lives. This will surly help motivate us thru this week’s rainy training.