|I think I need one more cage.|
It started Friday night when I was finally able to leave work and head over to visit with Curtis and his crew at Cannon Cyclery. I'd been working with another store about 2 months now trying to get my fit right. I'd heard Curtis was the best, so I made an appointment with him. 5 different people have looked at my bike (and me on it) and everyone has a different opinion. Curtis was no different.
Seat back up, handle bars up, aero bars turned a little....another paid fit. My bike finally has a name: M.P. (Money Pit). While it seems the knee pain may be gone it still needs to be tweaked, good thing Curtis is already expecting me back on Tuesday.
Best line on Facebook after I acknowledged the fit still wasn't perfect was from my friend who is NOT a triathlete: Wow. I can't believe that I am so into following your crotch.
Off to Augusta for the weekend to participate in a tri camp hosted by Tri Coach Georgia and Tri Augusta. I almost didn't go. After all, my reason for going was to ride the course and I had already seen it during my trip for the Gatorfest event. After chatting with coach a few weeks ago, we determined it would be a good ending to an easy week of training. So the event stayed on the calendar, and I'm very glad it did!
I couldn't get there until late Friday so I missed all the Friday activities, but jumped right in Saturday morning with some seminars.
|Slayer talked about the run course. Brian broke down the ride. Ryan shared tips about swimming.|
My coach was there helping out and passing out PowerBar stuff also. And yes, we know this, but #mycoachisadork.
While in line for the bathroom, a trend began to take form:
I'm bit surprised because I really thought only my mom read my blog. (HI MOM!!!)
Off to the swim we go. Even in August, the river is wetsuit legal.
We were shuttled up river and as I'm hanging out, waiting for everyone to make it up, two women approach me from Greenville. You're Shawna, right? We read your blog. We chat. Rhonda's parting words before we go off to get our swim done, "Shawna, how are you still single?" Well Rhonda....that's a topic for when we aren't treading in 70 degree water.
After the swim we prepped to run the course. It is a double loop so options for distances we endless.
|Rhonda, me, Lauren - Badass bookends!|
There was a turn in the course at a restaurant. There was a family sitting outside, eating pizza and drinking beer and directing runners. Trying to stay in the theme of the weekend: have fun, train easy. I decided I needed a drink. I asked for one and they very willingly obliged!
|Those eyeing me up from behind swiftly admitted they were jealous!|
|Neither of us actually drank the beer, but who can pass up a great photo op?|
|Is that a gator behind me? No...just Maria!|
|The first man to sweep me off my feet in forever!|
|So much fun hanging out with NGTC friends and new friends!|
And then of course....it was early to rise to get ready to participate in the course ride with Ride for a Reason. Cloudy skies, impending floods, bah hub bug! Mother Nature knew better than to mess with TriAugusta's event and the weather was perfect for the full ride.
There were plenty of rest/water stops. At the first one, Jody and I hooked up and proceeded to push and pull each other through the rest of the ride.
|Jody's from Charlotte and knows the area I used to live in.|
For so many reasons I'm glad I decided to go. I loved seeing friends I had made early in the summer as well as meeting so many people from the August HIM Facebook group.
I could write more, but I'm sure you've stopped reading by now and my roommate just yelled at me that I haven't started my food prep yet for the week. Thank you all (even if unnamed here) for an amazing weekend and for encouraging me to keep up with my blog.
See you awesome triathletes in about 6 weeks!