Friday morning I met up with Stephanie to head down to Panama City Beach to participate in an IMFL Triathlon Camp led by LifeSport Coaching. We were off to a great start when both bikes fit perfectly on the bike rack.
The trip was easy and time flew by. After we checked in I did a quick assessment to make sure I had everything I needed to ride on Saturday and run on Sunday.
We had dinner with the early crew. How could we not have fun with this group of crazies?!?
After dinner I very quickly found my way waist deep in the Gulf. Sand + Surf = My Happy Place!
Then it was time for introductions, a quick overview of what the weekend would entail, and some door prizes. My name was actually pulled and I grabbed a nice pair of paddles.
We were going wheels down at 6:20 on Saturday so it was an early to bed night. Bright and early (or at least early) we met up with everyone to get the ride going.
|A rare picture of Nadya in front of the camera instead of behind it.|
Straight from the ride I went to our hotel pool.
After rinsing in the pool (don't judge!) I was able to relax and ended up cat napping before heading out to practice getting in and out of the Gulf for the swim. Unfortunately our time was cut short due to approaching electrical storms that were rolling in.
Dinner with some friends from Texas and another early to bed as we were running at 5:45 on Sunday.
I bounced around on the run. I started with a few people who were running 1 mile and walking 30 seconds. Then I ran on my own. Then to finish with company I met up with the awesome crew below doing a 2:30/30 interval. I finished 14.5 miles and most importantly, I felt GREAT and could have run more.
After our last swim being a speed interval out of my sheer panic, we cleaned up and headed to breakfast. Waffle House was our preference but there was no place to park. We ended up at a diner and right after we got there Alan, Carla and Les walked in. So we all over indulged in the breakfast buffet together.
I got to meet Anne and Bill:
I got to spend a lot of fun time with Stephanie and Nadya.
Thank you Chuck Kemeny for a great camp! I have been telling people this was a really important weekend for me. A test if you will. I think I passed with flying colors.
The next big test is HIM Augusta when I get to practice putting it all together.
Thankfully the weekend was great because right now, all my dirty clothes are soaking in soapy water because my washer decided to quick working (full of water, detergent, and dirty clothes). How lucky am I?
I'm sure there is a joke somewhere about everything I touch this weekend breaking.....
To the woman who rolled her eyes at me when she found out that not only have I never done a full before, but my first half will be HIM Augusta just 5 weeks before IMFL.... I'll see you at the finish line!
Thank you Stephanie for a great weekend!
I really didn't want to come home. I have really missed the beach. I propose an IMFL meet up in Augusta in 2 weeks. Who's in?