It was a blast to be back on the east coast – I flew into Washington Reagan, and driving out of DC down to Richmond, I couldn’t help but smile as I passed by running trails and views that were so familiar when I lived there after Dartmouth. I had an amazing homestay – the man I stayed with there is an incredibly accomplished endurance athlete and was a blast to talk to. Made me feel so at home!
The weekend went by in a blur of rain showers and workouts, and I was pretty zoned in – Greg and I planned to train right up until the race so I was focused on one thing at a time.
Luckily for us the rain cleared as we lined up for the start, and before we knew it we were off. Greg and I have been working my swim since Florida and seeing progress, but I didn’t know exactly where I would stand, so when I got out of the water next to girls who I was 20-30seconds behind in the swim 6-weeks prior, my head was like “WHERE AM I!” Out on the bike, our pack wasn’t working well together, which was somewhat frustrating, but I decided to sit in as opposed to burning matches. Going out on the run was bizarre – my legs were tired, but fresh, and for the first time I felt like I could actually go out too fast! I balked and didn’t quite execute on the run, but I was still happy with a 5th place finish and my first ITU paycheck!!
The next morning I was off to Rhode Island, land of sailboats and Adam’s and my wedding come December! From there it was 24 hours of wedding planning madness! And by madness I mean FUN! – wedding cake tasting, florist meetings, and the chance to see our venue in person for the first time!
It was also amazing to spend time with all of my family who live in Newport… and get a little road trip with my mom and Tessa (our puppy!) back down to New Jersey, where Adam joined us for the next wedding… which was actually a wedding! One of Adam’s best friends got married in the Hudson Valley area and boy was it beautiful! The wedding was a blast start to finish – Adam and I had to laugh, because we’re so in our South Bend training bubble these days, and it was a little weird to be around “regular” people with 9-5 jobs who were boozing it up at the bar, eating whatever they felt like, dancing the night away knowing they could just sleep in the next morning. It was definitely a refreshing change and nice to let loose a little with our friends. We had such a fun night -- incredible band, soooo much dancing, delicious food and cake, and the happiest, most beauteous couple ever.
All in all, it was quite the week. All great things, but now it’s great to be home and I’m back to work leading up to my next race on May 21 in Ixtapa. Stay tuned for updates!