Monday, June 29, 2009

Confessions of a Lap Lane Bully

They say the first step to becoming better is to admit your fault...


"Hi. My name is Kelly, and I am a lap lane bully."


Background:

I swim at the YMCA which is about 15-20 minutes from my house. There is only one pool, and very often just one or two (or no) lap lanes available for lap swimming due to other pool activities like water aerobics (don't get me started on this one) or swim lessons. During the summer, however, the pool schedule gets really crazy with the addition of the Y Summer Camp kids. They take up the entire pool every weekday morning except for Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 or 11:30. In addition to juggling the difficult pool schedule, I have to throw my children into the mix, since there is only childcare at the gym during certain hours.


The Bully Appears:

I was miraculously able to get myself and the boys to the gym at exactly 8:30, which is when Primetime (the childcare) opens. I was on the pool deck by 8:35...and the one lap lane available had two (very slow) swimmers in it already. Well, the lane was closing at 9:30, and, hey, I'm training, so as they both came to the wall I kindly said, "How about we circle swim so we can all get our workout in," or something of that nature. I made a point of not saying, "Is it okay if we circle swim?" because I was getting in no matter what.


One of the women happily agreed, but the other, whom I have seen swimming on many occasions and even had friendly conversation with, said, "I have back problems, so I can't circle swim. I only do backstroke." To this, I said nothing. Then she said with a huff, "I only have four laps left, so I guess I'll just get out."


Now here is where a very nice, understanding person would kindly say, "No, no...just go ahead and finish up." But I am not a nice understanding person...I am a lap lane bully. I also know for an almost-fact that it would have taken this woman close to 10 minutes to swim her four laps...she is very slow.


(Here's the thing...I have this pet peeve about just saying what you mean. If you want to stay in and finish your four laps, just say it. Don't play the martyr, so I will say what you want to hear. Just say what you mean!!)


I said, "Okay," and hopped in the lane. :) Then she told me the lane was only open until 9 anyway, and I told her that I had just checked and it was definitely open until 9:30!!


I went ahead and had a great workout in which I finished my yards assigned with several minutes to spare, so I even added an extra 100 before they kicked me out for the camp kids.


Locker Room Drama:

When I went back into the locker room, the martyr-woman was still getting ready. I was around the corner, so she couldn't see me as she proceeded to tell everyone (very loudly) about her terrible morning, including when someone came and said, "Can we circle swim?" (she said this in a very whiny voice...you know the voice I'm talking about.) "If I known the lane was open until 9:30, I would have just finished my 4 laps!" she continued.


Well, I popped my head around the corner, and said, "If you had just said you wanted to finish four laps that would have been fine. But you said you were done! Don't play the martyr, just say what you mean!"


She was shocked to see me and said, "I wasn't mad at you, I had just had a bad morning."


"Well, just because you had a bad morning doesn't mean you should come in and talk about other people and complain about your problems. We all are stuck with a crappy pool schedule. From now on, just say what you mean!"


One of the other women said something light and fleeting, and we all went about our business!


The Aftermath:

I will admit that I feel a little bit guilty about not offering to let her finish her swim, but I bet from now on she will just

say what she means!!!


Sunday, June 28, 2009

100!! with the Sunday Report

This is my 100th post. I can't believe it! Thanks to everyone who keeps up with all of my craziness.

In an effort not to disappoint...here is another one of my mishaps.

My cycle shoes stink really bad!! I can't even bring them into the house they smell so bad, so I posted on Beginner Triathlete asking for suggestions to rid them of the stench. The best one was to wash them in the dishwasher on the top rack (with nothing else in there, of course.). So this morning before we left for church, I unloaded the clean dishes and loaded in my reeking cycle shoes. I decided to put regular dish soap in instead of the dishwashing tablets we normally use, because those things are expensive, and I didn't think my shoes would benefit from the Jetdry ball.

Anyway, when we came home from church, the kitchen floor was literally covered with suds!! (I failed as a blogger by cleaning up before I took a picture, so please kindly use your imagination.) Kel got a little freaked out when he saw it, which is why I started cleaning up right away.

So the lessons learned were that cleaning bike shoes in the dishwasher does work, but only put dish soap in if the floor really needs to be cleaned.

As you all know, housekeeping is not my forte, so with clean shoes in hand and a clean floor under my feet, I rejoiced that my floor got clean without me doing much at all!!
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And now for the Sunday report:

Swim: 4500.00 Yd 1h 51m 34s
Bike: 82.12 Mi 5h 49m 46s
Run: 18.93 Mi 3h 00m 01s

Total: 10h 41m 21s

Not really sure how I ended up with 10 hours since this was supposed to be a recovery week, but I don't feel like I did that much if that counts for anything!

Musselman is in three weeks...have I said that before? Happy Training!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thoughts from my Long Ride

I had my last long ride until Musselman today...3.5 hours (plus a little extra) and 62.8 miles. I really wished I had been riding with someone today. I got lonely with only my thoughts to entertain me. Here are a few golden ones:

  • Why do small towns feel the need to name themselves? I went through New Haven "A Welcoming Community". Would we think it was not welcoming if they didn't say so?
  • I am going to make a special Musselman playlist and listen to it exclusively until the race. I'm tired of getting just one phrase of a song stuck in my head for miles and miles. I might even print out the list, so if I get stuck on a song I can "fast-forward" to the next one.
  • I really don't like how sticky my hands get after I eat a gel. I'm 35 years old...you'd think I could suck one of those down without getting it everywhere!
  • I really need to ride with faster people. I have a hard time going faster when I am by myself. Today my average was 17.4 mph...not bad, but if I had been trying to keep up with someone probably would have been better.
  • Oh no...there's that dead racoon I saw before I turned around, but now he's on my side of the road. Should I go to the left or the right...is a car coming....left or right...is a car coming....left or right...decide already....right....why was that so difficult?
  • I can't believe how strong the onion smell was at the onion farm I passed.
  • I usually hit a little wall around mile 40 or so and start to get freaked out that I am going to get hit by a car or that a dog is going to chase me. I don't think that will happen in the race because people will be around me, and I've ridden the course before. I wonder why that happens?
  • I'm getting really good at blowing snot rockets.

I'm sure I had more thoughts than that, but since the value of them is already declining, I will stop right there!!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Circle Time

It's summer in Baldwinsville, so that means circle time for our family. We live on a cul-de-sac with a grass island in the middle, and that is where we all congregate on summer afternoons and evenings.

Our neighbors have a little girl who is just a few months older than Noah, and they love to ride in the gator car. Take a look at the pics.

Ryan and his devilish grin.

Noah and Margot off-roading in the gator car.

Some things in life begin very early!!

There's nothing like make-up hugs!!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Sunday Report

Here are the numbers this week. I did pretty good considering the crap-tastic weather we had this weekend.

Swim: 6300.00 Yd 2h 16m 34s
Bike: 68.67 Mi 5h 35m 59s
Run: 22.69 Mi 3h 22m 49s

Total: 11h 15m 22s

I have a nice easy recovery week this week, so I'm looking forward to that. Only 4 more weeks until we see if the training pays off!!

Happy training!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Great Day to Be 35


Today is my 35th birthday...and it was a great day. I have many things to say, so in an effort to be fairly concise (and get to bed by 10 pm) I will give it to you in bullets:



  • Today Kel raced in his first triathlon, and he did great! He was 78th overall out of around 350 or so people (the official race results have not been posted.) It was fun to be a spectator, and the boys had a great time too, making posters for Daddy and cheering him on with a big "Go, Daddy, Go!!" We are officially a family of triathletes now.

  • Ryan asked me today, "How do you say sunset when the sun is coming up?" I loved that.

  • I got so many birthday emails, phone calls, and FB messages...it really made me feel loved and remembered.

  • I had an amazing workout today. It was supposed to be a 3.5 hour ride followed by a 20 minute run, but the rain started on the way home for the race...and hasn't stopped. I downloaded a free rental of Spinervals Tough Love--a three hour trainer ride--and went to town. It was a real sweat-fest. I set the trainer up in the garage, and Kel and the boys would periodically come out and visit. At exactly three hours, I put on my running shoes and ran off in the rain...and I was fast!!! I did 2.26 miles in 18:46!!! That is an 8:16 pace!! My second mile was actually 8:07...and I felt great. I guess if I want to PR in a 5K, I need to bring the trainer and ride for 3 hours before the race starts!! Who says 35 is old???

  • I went to buy some birthday ice cream at the local dairy. I wanted mint chocolate chip, but all they had was the fake green kind, which I really don't like very much, so I got vanilla bean instead. The girl at the checkout said to me, "Does this really taste like beans? A lot of people buy it." Sometimes there just aren't words to describe what I am thinking.

  • Why do they always have just men's t-shirts at races? It seems like there are enough women racing these days that they could get a women's shirt for the women. No one would ever expect a man to wear a women's shirt, would they???

That's it for now!! Here's to moving up an age group!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jamesville Beach Training Tris

My husband and I joined the CNY Triathlon Club this season. For $35 total (yes, that's total for both of us), we can both participate in the weekly training mini-triathlons they have each week at Jamesville Beach throughout the summer. The course consists of a 300 yard swim (give or take a few yards), a 10 mile bike, and a 5K (more or less). It is a great way to practice transitions, and also offers a little bit of friendly competition to test the muster.

For the first two weeks of the season, Kel has raced while I picnic on the beach with the kids and cheer daddy on. This week was my week to race, and I was looking forward to it with excitement and a little bit of anxiety. I haven't actually done a whole triathlon since last September, just bits and pieces. I was also curious to see how I would stack up against the other women competing.

Here's how it went down:

(I just have total time and some estimated splits. I forgot my Garmin because it was charging, and Noah woke up from his nap in a crabby mood, and in getting everyone and everything in the car I totally forgot about my Garmin...and my socks...but that worked out okay, because I picked Kel up at Fleet Feet, our local running store, and was able to get a new pair of socks.)

The swim was not great. I kind of got boxed in behind a couple of swimmers that were a bit slower than me, and in trying to get around them, I got totally freaked out and basically started hyperventilating. This was surprising to me. I had to swim breast-stroke for a couple of strokes to pull myself together. After that I was fine, and Kel told me I was about the 9th or 10th person out of the water. I got out right behind another woman, who I passed in transition.

T1 went really well. My wetsuit came off easily, and I ran the bike up the little hill and off I went. The bike is 10 miles of rolling hills out and back. The out is quite challenging with a lot more up than down. I got passed by a couple of fast guys, I passed a couple of slow guys, and didn't see any women. As I approached the turn-around I started seeing people on their way back...and I was the first woman! Wow! (I mean, I know it's not a big race, but I was pretty excited!) I held my lead down the last five miles until about a half mile from transition. I got passed by a woman with an aero helmet and a disc wheel...so I didn't feel so bad. I actually ended up passing her in T2, but that was not the last I would see her.

My good friend, Ben, who I consider to be a mentor in endurance sports, was there doing a swim/run, and he had waited after doing one lap of the 5k course so we could run mine together. It was really coming full circle, because Ben is the person who encouraged me to race my very first triathlon. He did the first Jamesville Tri I ever did four years ago with me (which is very generous, because he is way faster than me.) He was there at my first official race, I ran my first 10-mile run with him, and started my first half-marathon with him. He is an ultra runner, and is trying to convince me to do some trail running with him...I'm still thinking about it, Ben!! (I must mention that Ben's beautiful wife, Perri, thinks we are both crazy, and is probably right! He also has two gorgeous kids, Emma and Josh, and I think someone whose name starts with an E. is starting to show a lot of interest in triathlons these days! ;))

Anyway, he was waiting for me in T2, and we attacked the trail pretty hard (for me anyway...he wasn't even breathing hard!) After about .5 mile, we got passed by the fast biker chick who, as it turns out, Ben knows, so now I know her too and can call her by name if she passes me again! She ran about 300 yds. ahead of us for the rest of the course. At the very end, I got passed again by a fast runner girl, and I just couldn't keep up with her.

Official time: 1:09:34 Third woman in!

Estimated Splits:
Swim ~ 7:30ish
Bike ~ 35ish
Run ~24ish (which, if this was really a full 5K, is really fast for me...Thanks, Ben!)

This was really a big confidence booster for me, especially after the slower-than-expected run at Rev3. Next time I will hopefully remember my Garmin, so I have a better of idea of distance and speed. These are not "official" races, but it's nice just to see where I am...like a little test of my fitness in the middle of the week!!

Happy training!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Tantrum and a Chance Meeting at the Pool

I had a fantastic run this morning, and was going to follow it up with a swim. I came in from the run, all hot and sweaty, did the battle to put on my swimsuit, rinsed the sweat and sunscreen off in the showers, and headed to the pool only to find just one lap lane that had two people in it, with three people waiting on deck!!

In the two lap lanes that should have been there, there was a prenatal class going on. It is basically six women in different states of with-child, bobbing up and down on a noodle in the deep end and talking about...well, who knows. Probably all of the girls they are having (more on this little bit of jealousy in another post!)

The entire other half of the pool had exactly 3 very large men floating in the deep end (I almost told them that they might have to actually do something to consider it exercise) and a mother and two kids playing like a little happy family in the shallow end.

Ughhh!!! Doesn't everyone know that my swim takes precedence over whatever it is that they are doing????? If you are not training, then get out of the pool!!

So what did I do, you ask? I put my goggles and cap down on the deck and marched my wet, sweaty self into the pool office and basically forced the aquatics director (who I know on a pretty friendly basis) to open another lap lane.

I must admit here that after all of this went down, I was a bit embarassed by my child-like behavior, and was infinitely glad that my children did not see that sometimes throwing a hissy fit does get results.

Anyway, as I was getting ready to hop in the newly-opened lane, I realized that the woman in the lane next to me was getting some coaching from another woman on the pool deck. The coach looked at me and said, "You are a triathlete." (My initial reaction was, wow, I must really look athletic or something!) I said, "Yes, I am. How did you know?" "Your thighs...and the muscles in your arms."

Hmmm...not really sure what to think about that. Did she add on the part about my arms because she realized she just told me I had fat legs??

I decided to not let my own insecurities project onto her comment which, hopefully, was meant as a compliment, and I began my swim.

After one lap she stops me and says, "Is swimming the worst of your three sports?"

Wow, this lady really says it like it is!!

"I'm pretty much equally bad at all three," I say.

She then went on to point out a weakness in my stroke (letting my elbows collapse down), and gave me a great tip to help them stay high. (For those of you interested, she told me to follow the black line with my hands as I pulled through, while thinking about not letting the elbow collapse in.) Then she said if I ever wanted a free lesson she would be willing to help me.

As I swam off, I was doubtful. Why would she want to give me a free lesson? I tried the tip, and it really worked. I noticed an immediate difference. I clicked off two 50s both in 45 seconds (which is fast for me.)

She told me it looked much better, and I told her I might just take her up on her offer.

After my swim was done, I asked her for her name and number, and it turns out she is Penny Dean, who held the world record for crossing the English Channel from 1978 until 1995, was inducted into the International Swimmer's Hall of Fame in 1996, head coach of the US National Long Distance team from 1984-1988, and college swim coach since 1979.

Yeah...I know!!! I'll let you know how it goes!!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Rev3Tri Full Ironman in 2010

I just received word that, along with the half-ironman race, Rev3Tri will be adding a full ironman distance race as well as an olympic distance race to the schedule next year. The ironman distance race is going to be on September 12, 2010, at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH.

For the past year, I have been harboring thoughts of attempting an ironman distance race. (For those of you who don't know, the race is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run.) These thoughts came as a surprise to me...someone who just two years ago announced that I have no desire to run a marathon...ever. Funny how those things come back around to bite you in the butt. Since I've been thinking about an ironman, I have pretty much decided that if I ever did one, it would have to wait until Noah is in school-otherwise the training would just take away too much from family time.

Well, when I saw that Rev3 was going to put on a full next year, my mind starting spinning. "Why not?" I thought to myself. So I casually mentioned it to Kel the other day to see what he would say.

"NO."

I asked again, because I thought maybe he had just misunderstood me and thought I was saying this September.

"NO."

Well, at least I know how he really feels about it. Musselman is less than 5 weeks away, so I will focus on that, and wait to decide if an ironman is in my future until Noah is a bit older!

If you are interested in the Rev3 full, check out the link. Registration opens September 1, 2009.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Sunday Report

It was a tough week. I've been in a little bit of a funk after the race last weekend, but I just put my nose to the grindstone and got it done. Here are the numbers:

Swim: 6500.00 Yd 2h 37m
Bike: 90.98 Mi 7h 16m 52s
Run: 21.99 Mi 3h 30m 01s (21.99???? makes me want to go run around my circle once!)

Total: 13h 59m 01s

This was my biggest week until the race, which is exactly 5 weeks away!! I had a great long run today with my friend, M., who really pushed me the last 30 minutes. We did 12.66 in 2 hours and the last three miles were all under 9 min. miles. (Thanks, M.!)

Have a great week!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Summer Saturday

Summer is finally here in Central New York. I woke up this morning before 6 a.m. with the sun streaming through the windows.

Part of me wanted to stay in bed, but the other part (the part that is doing Musselman in just five weeks) said, "Get your butt in gear...it's a beautiful day." I was out the door before 7 (it still takes me way too long to get ready for a ride), and I rode 61.4 miles in 3 hours 32 minutes. It was a great ride, not too hot, sunny and gorgeous. I saw a deer, a pheasant, a couple of other cyclists on tri bikes, but the best part of the ride, by far, was coming home and seeing my average speed at 17.32 mph!! I was keeping track of the miles and hit 56 around 3:08, which I would be very pleased to do in the race.

After a quick smoothie (chocolate peanut butter banana...yum) and a shower, we all headed over to Abbott Farms, just down the road, to pick strawberries! The boys ate so many, I'm surprised they didn't want to weigh them when we checked out! The berries are gorgeous and absolutely delicious.

I love summer in New York.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Salad Days


Today I picked up our first CSA share for the summer. Our farmers are Chris and Amy from Common Thread Community Farm. Our box had french radishes, arugula, mixed baby greens, spinach, a head of romaine lettuce, and a huge head of red leaf lettuce. It is all organic and local!!

This is good news for my diet, which hasn't been as clean since my no-sugar challenge ended. Last summer one of my goals was to eat all of our share--no wasting. This year I will honor the same goal, which means salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Anybody have some arugula recipes??

One more Rev3 picture

I love this one that Tom sent me because you can see Kel holding Noah on the left. The little hat to Kel's left is Ryan.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Sunday Report (On Wednesday)

Here are my numbers for last week:

Swim: 5209.71 Yd 1h 38m 31s
Bike: 24.57 Mi 3h 20m 17s
Run: 21.77 Mi 3h 31m 50s

Total: 8h 30m 38s

Not bad for a resting week coming into the race. I never thought I would think of 8.5 hours of training as being low!!

Happy training!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rev3Tri Race Report

Well, we are back from Rev3! I waited until today to post my thoughts on the race because it was just a big jumble in my head, and I wanted a little time to get things straight!

We had a fantastic weekend. We drove down on Friday and were able to stop by the Danbury Railroad Museum, which the boys loved. It was raining, so we couldn't look at the big trains in the train yard, but they didn't seem to mind. We checked into the hotel, the boys jumped on the beds for a little while, then we grabbed some dinner. Bedtime, which is always the scariest part of staying in one hotel room, went surprisingly smooth, and we were all asleep by 9:45 or so.

On Saturday morning we headed over to the race site, which was at Quassy Amusement Park. I had a Team Trakkers meeting, so the boys scoped out the park and spent some time down at the beach while I met the team.


And Bree Wee!!

After working a shift at the Trakkers tent, initializing some units, I was able to spend some time with the boys at the park.


Kel and Noah sporting their Trakkers gear.

Trimommy and the boys at Saturation Station!

Here it comes....



Noah couldn't wait to go on all the rides.



The race was on Sunday. I met a great couple on Saturday who were staying at our hotel. They offered to give me a ride to the race site, so Kel and the boys wouldn't have to get up and out so early. (Thanks Sue and Mike!!) We got to the race site around 6 a.m. It was very weird to not have a bike, but that made my transition set-up super easy. I had met my teammate, Tom, the day before, and he was already set up at transition when I got there. I was able to get a quick warm-up before they cleared the water for the pro wave. I had to hang around for about 20 minutes before my wave started, so I checked my Trakkers unit, and hung out with Sonja, one of my Trakkers teammates and fellow trimommy. (Unfortunately, my Trakkers unit did not track me. The units are dependent on cell service, which was very spotty at the park. Some of them worked great, and the team was really able to troubleshoot problems to tweak the units for the next race!)

The swim started and the water wasn't too cold. I felt good, and I was sighting well. The course was a diamond shape, and I made my turn, somewhat slowly, to attack the back portion. I had a hard time seeing the next buoy which freaked me out a little, so I slowed way down until I could find it. After the last turn, I started thinking, "Wow, this is a long swim." About that time, I started feeling like my calves were just on the cusp of cramping up. I was able to fend it off, but as soon as I stood up at the end of the swim, both legs cramped up like crazy. I walked out, and was able to shuffle along to transition. The run was a little long, but Tom was ready and waiting, and we had a super fast T1.

I hung out with the boys and watched all of the pros come into T2, which was cool. We tried to take some pics, but all we got was part of a wheel and the heel of a shoe...we really need a better camera. The waiting was the hardest part, and definitely has me thinking I probably won't do another relay. Ryan and Noah were really restless during this time, and Kel has told me they are definitely not ready for another half-ironman race just yet. Oh well, you never know until you try.

Tom did a great job on bike course, which was really difficult. He finished in 3:06, and I was off!!

The first two miles of the run course were great, except they were mostly downhill, and since the first 8 miles were an out and back, I knew I would have to be climbing up that hill later. At around 2.5 miles the hills began, and the did not stop. It was incredibly steep and difficult. I ended up walking some of the hills, because I felt like I could walk it faster than I could run it. The nice thing was that it was incredibly beautiful and shady, so not too hot. I really tried to run fast down the hills to make up for my walking. At around mile 8 I started coming up on three very fit men all walking together. As I passed them I said, "Come on you guys, you can do better!" That got them going and pretty soon they passed me back. After a while I caught up again with one of them--Matt from DC. He is in the army, has been to Iraq 12 times, races for Wounded Warriors, has three little girls, and went to Mississippi State, so is a Bulldog like me! We had a great time encouraging each other, and he flew by me at the finish! Thanks, Matt!!

Kel got a picture of me coming into the chute. My time for the run was 2:11.




Team Covert-Hughes at the finish line!


I had a great time at the race, but I would by lying if I didn't say I was a little disappointed in my performance. My last half-marathon was four years ago, and I ran it in 2:06. This course was much more difficult, but I still thought that my fitness would make up for it. I was kind of in a funk last night, wondering why I can't seem to go faster. I'm still not really sure, but I'm just going to have to work on it more. I think some of it is that I never go to my limits. I am very fearful of that. I know I will never be Natascha Badmann, but a faster Kelly Covert would be nice!



Me, Natascha Badmann, and Trakkers Teammate, Carol










Saturday, June 6, 2009

Watch Me Race the Rev3Tri!

Just a quick post from my hotel room before I hit the hay. I had a great day at the race site today with Kel and the kids. I got to do a lot of stuff for Team Trakkers, in addition to meeting the team (and some pros too)--pics will come later. The boys hung out at the park, rode some rides, and got super wet at the "Saturation Station". I got to hang out some too, which was really nice.

Now the business...watch me race tomorrow and cheer me on from home. Here's how:

Go to http://www.trakkersgps.com/TrackEvents/LiveEvent.aspx

Find me under Kelly Covert, and select to track me during the race. (You can also follow four other athletes, so don't start comparing me to Bree Wee or Natascha Badmann!!)

My swim wave starts around 7:23 a.m. I will not be biking, but my teammate will have my Trakkers unit on the ride, so it will look like I am. Hopefully, it will look like "I" am going fast!! Then I will attack the run!

You can also check out live coverage of the race on http://www.rev3tri.com

I will have a full report with pics on my return!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rev3-2-1!!


We are leaving tomorrow for Connecticut and the Rev3Tri!! We decided to make a family vacation out of it, since the race is at an amusement park. There just happens to be a railroad museum close by, so Ryan will be in heaven!!


I'm a little nervous about the race, but not nearly as much as usual. I think that is because I'm not doing the bike leg, and am really thinking of it more as training for my race in July. Since we are traveling with the fam, there are also a lot of logistics to think about, and that is taking a lot of my mental energy.


The water temps are supposed to be in the 60's (brrrr), but the air temps are supposed to be in the 70's with sun, so that should be good racing weather. Kel is bringing his wetsuit too, so we are both going to take a little swim on Saturday. I have some Team Trakkers stuff to do on Saturday, including a team dinner with pro triathlete and trimommy Bree Wee (if you don't read her blog you should.) There will be other pros there too, but Bree is who I am most excited to rub shoulders with!


You will be able to follow my race on Sunday as well, in real time, courtesy Trakkers. You can go to the Trakkers website at http://www.trakkersgps.com/, scroll down and find my name (Kelly Covert, or it might be under Team Covert-Hughes), and click on follow. There will also be live coverage on the Rev3Tri website. That's right...I just found out...live coverage!! If you see me, please say only nice things!! Here are a few suggested comments: "Wow, she looks really good." "Man, she is really going fast!" "I can't believe she has two kids!" "What a super trimommy she is!"


My swim wave starts at 7:23 a.m.. My teammate, Tom Hughes, will be doing the bike (I'm sure, much faster than I could do it!), and then I will run the half-marathon! Please watch and send me lots of fast vibes!

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