Sunday, March 30, 2008

California 70.3

March 29, 2008
Oceanside, CA

The first race of the season is always an eye opener. I try not to have high expectations for this first race, but that seems almost impossible. I had put in some great training (or so I thought) during the past few months and thought that I would at least have a faster overall time this year compared to last year. Alas, it was not meant to be! My overall time was about 3 minutes slower than last year. The field this year grew from last year and although it's nice to see so many professional women racing, it is a bit intimidating and scary!

I must say though, that i felt really good in the swim and had not only a good time but pretty well placement as well (for me that is). The swim is in the harbor, but goes out just a bit towards the open ocean, so we did feel some larger swells and waves not to mention swallowing the lovely sea water; which for some strange reason always seems to startle me....salt water that is. I guess I forget that I'm swimming in the ocean!

I had been putting in some long rides that I thought would help me and I'm not sure that I could feel the effects of those long rides kicking in yesterday. I would have to say that I need to ride my TT bike more often than just the week before the race. Yep, rookie mistake! I plan to ride it more often leading up to Wildflower, which is the next race for me. I felt good on the bike starting out and although it was windy I thought I could manage at least 21 mph! Boy was I wrong! My legs didn't feel as fresh as I would have like them too and mentally I was struggling towards the end. Note to self, just because I can ride long doesn't mean I can ride long and fast!! Yep, need to work on more speedwork too. If I want to be among the top competitors, I will need to hone my cycling skills. I must say though that I was glad to be done with the wind and rolling hills of the course.

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel on the run, but there were a few people ahead of me that I wanted to catch, so I put that in my mind and set to get the job done! I was able to move ahead a few spots and felt pretty good on the run. I will need to work a bit more on the hills though and maybe start some longer track workouts and tempo type workouts as well.

What can I say, it was the first race of the season for me and I now have a baseline from which to improve. If you'd like to check out the results, go to

Unfortunately, I don't think Jay snapped any photos, so we'll have to wait and see what the race photography folks got. Stay tuned.


Sarah said...


It was so great to see you last Friday!!

Congrats on a great early-season race. It seems like there were a lot of us who had higher expectations (myself included!) and had to succumb to the reality that is this race.

Was it windy out there, or what? I think you echoed a lot of my sentiments about the bike...long miles does not necessarily = speed. Dang. :)

In any case, NICE WORK and it can only get better from here, right? Good luck with your WF prep!


Vesa said...

Hi Alexis !

Congratulations to you and Mr Smith!
I followed the race on the web and noticed your name early in the race.
Good luck in your marriage and coming races.
Say hi to your parents.

Eileen Swanson said...

Great to see you and chat for a little bit. I agree the amount of women and the caliber was a bit intimidating to say the least ;-) You had an awesome swim. I posted about my crazy experience on my blog. Let's link up.

WF here we come....Let's kick butt ;-)


Bradley D. said...

Hey Alexis,

Good work staying positive throughout your race and picking off a few ladies on the run! Safe training in prep for WF!


TriTopics said...


Great race on Saturday. I took a some good photos of you. If you want them for your blog let me know. You can e-mail me through


TriTopics said...


Great race on Saturday. I took a some good photos of you. If you want them for your blog let me know. You can e-mail me through