Now that our two 70.3 triathlons are done, we can focus on the next big races of the year. We do have a race coming up in Alaska, but that is for fun (I can't wait, less than two weeks until we are reunited with Crystal and Joe!!)
The next major race that we both are doing is the SOS Triathlon. This is a unique triathlon that has 8 stages and takes place in the Shawangunk Mountain Range. The race starts off with a 30 mile bike and then begins to alternate between running and swimming (there are 4 run legs and 3 swim legs). You are required to have a "sherpa" in between the bike and run leg, mostly to take your bike from you, and then you are on your own. Which means, that we have to carry whatever we swim with while we run and whatever we run with while we swim - yes that includes our shoes.
My shoes are in there, just makes my butt look big!
Mike's shoes are more noticeable!
This past weekend, Mike and I had our first "official" SOS Triathlon training day. We went to Kershaw Park for a run/swim/run/swim brick. The water temperature was 77 degrees, so wearing just our speed suits felt perfect (I can only hope that the lakes' temperatures in September are that warm, but I doubt it)!
We are planning on starting the race with our speed suits halfway on and then running with them that way. Our goggles and caps fit into our tri tops easily. Luckily, I am able to get my speed suit on without any assistance. Mike will need someone to zip him up during the race, but there should be plenty of volunteers to do so. Running like that on Sunday felt normal and then we did the first swim.
Our plan is to shove our shoes into the top (or bottom for Mike) of our tri shorts and then swim with our speed suits on. It felt weird at first, but overall swimming like that didn't really bother me. It is better than wearing our shoes on our feet! I did wring out my socks after the first swim and while my feet felt heavy for the first few tenths of a mile, it went away relatively quickly.
We are going to keep practicing our run/swim/run/swim, etc. methods!
For me, my second big race of the fall is the Stone Cat 50 Miler in Ipswich, Massachusetts. I decided to enter the lottery back in June and found out (on the morning of the Musselman 70.3 at 4:40am, ha) that I had gotten in (honestly, I think almost everyone who entered the lottery got in)!
Two of our friends also got in to the 50 miler so it will be nice to have a lot of familiar faces on and off the race course!
Mike is still deciding on whether or not he will do a 50K in the fall, but if he does we found one in Ohio that he will most likely do the weekend following my 50 miler.
Spider crawls down a hill, thanks Gustavo for the photo!
Workin' our cores, thanks Gustavo for the photo!
In addition to those races, we are also attending FIT1, an outdoor fitness class, regularly. It is a great way to build our strength!
The last time we went hiking, my guys on a mountain
Before all of that, though, we are going hiking this weekend in the Adirondacks! We had originally planned on joining friends on a longer hike, but where we board Bernie was booked! I decided to look into dog-friendly options and found a great place on Airbnb (my new obsession). We are going to start our journey toward becoming ADK 46ers and hike Cascade and Porter Mountain. Luckily, these mountains are dog-friendly and Bernie can come! I'm excited for an early five year anniversary getaway!