Been awhile since I’ve posted, IMAZ training and life in general has been keeping me overly occupied. Training with the friends has been going well, we’ve gotten 3 100 mile + rides in and almost always run for a bit afterwards. I has been great having two of my very good friends to train with, I feel the most prepared I ever have for a race!
At the end of September, Amy had a conference in Las Vegas so I met her there for a few days after it was over. We stayed at the Luxor for the first time, ended up being pretty nice. The past few times we’ve stayed at Mandalay Bay and the Palazzo, so the room wasn’t quite as nice but much more affordable!
The highlight of the trip was going to Exotics Racing!
Out by the Las Vegas Speedway this place has an awesome collection of cars that you can rip around their track. After a 2 laps familiarization ride in a Porsche Cayenne, they put you in the car of your choice with a professional driver in the right seat to help you get the most out of the cars! I got to drive an Audi R8 V10, it was pretty sweet. Amy got to ride with a professional driver in a Lamborghini Gallardo, this guy could really tear it up out there!
Other than thank we spent some time hanging out at the pool and took an nice stroll down the strip people watching and stopping for a drink or two as we wandered!
Soma 1/2 Iron Race 5:30:03
Woke up about 4:15, ate a bagel and chilled for a bit to awake up. After that I grabbed the gear and headed down to Tempe Town Lake. Got my transition area all set up, a little air in the tires, body marked and went to find my friends.
I was hoping to get in under 2 hours. I was setting an OK pace but just couldn’t get it going faster. I was worried about staying cool so I think I drank too much water from the aid stations. By the end of the run I was feeling pretty sloshy! I at least felt that I mentally kept fighting and easily ran the whole time. 2:01:57
Most importantly this race was a tuned up for IMAZ, I didn’t really rest up, just taking Saturday off before the race, so I’ve still been feeling a little tired from the past few weeks. I was happy overall with this effort, if I can recreate this next month it gives me an hour to play with to get in under my 12 hour goal.
After the race we enjoyed a few post race beers at the Tavern on Mill and headed home to relax!