a Bri Gaal's Blog: Finishing Up a Great Vacation

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Finishing Up a Great Vacation

The last I blogged, we were headed up to see our friends Jamie & Judy up in Ocean Grove (central Jersey shore). They lived in Orlando when we there and are great people; we haven't seen them in over a year and it was nice to visit their home town and hang out, even if just for a short time. They took us out to the boardwalk and we had a little dinner in Asbury Park (home of Bruce Springsteen, and films such as The Wrestler and Dogma had scenes right where we were). What's really fun is you just jump on beach cruisers and ride wherever you want - no cars needed.

We drove back to Ocean City on Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed several days and nights of good dinners and beach time. We went into Atlantic City on Thursday and had a fancy-for-us dinner. Friday we had planned on watching some competitive lifeguard races in Wildwood but the weather turned bad and they were postponed until Sunday.

Saturday morning we got up very early because we needed to be out of our condo by 11am and we were doing a triathlon that morning. So everything had to be super clean and cleared out when we left for the race. The triathlon in Brigantine, is in it's 22nd year. It's not a USAT event, and if you look at their brochure they obviously have been using the same wording forever because it says it's not a Tri-Fed race - now that's bringing it WAY back!

So little race report:

I had only swam once this past week but new I could wear my wetsuit so I wasn't too worried. That thing makes me such a better swimmer than I really am. I also didn't have any race wheels or aero helmet because I didn't feel like carting all that stuff around all week on vacation. I was doing it old school ;) The swim was only a 1/4 mile, with the current going out and against coming back. Missed the last buoy so had to backtrack a bit (along with my entire wave and the one before me it seemed). Then it was off to run through the world's longest and skinniest transition ever. I was the 4th wave (women 30-39) and the 3rd was women 29 & under. The first two were men's waves. The bike was okay - flat and turny with some bumpy roads. It is really fun to fly by other people on the bike, something I don't get to do very often! By the end of the bike I had caught everyone in the wave ahead of me but one girl (I had come out first in my wave for the swim). After about 1/2 mile I saw her up ahead and could see I was very slowly reeling her in. It was good to have her to key off of and I finally caught and passed her around the 3 mile mark. The run was a boring, flat, out and back that heated up very quick in the sun. I ended up running the 4miles in 25:19 which I'm very happy with because I really felt in control and strong the entire way.

Here are the results.

Marty was stoked he beat me by over a minute -- dangit! I thought I might be able to get him with the longer run :)

I have pictures to put up but the camera is out of juice and my computer is running low now so I'd better shut down! Still a lot of driving left until we get home and I need to entertain Marty.


At August 2, 2009 3:45 PM , Blogger runningyankee said...

great way to end the week up in jersey!

At August 2, 2009 6:58 PM , Blogger Angela and David Kidd said...

You smoked that course. Pretty cool that both you and Marty were both in the top 10 overrall.

At August 3, 2009 8:24 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Congrats on your win Bri!! You'll get Marty next time. ;) Sounds like a great vacation. Woo-hoo!!

At August 3, 2009 1:06 PM , Blogger Angela said...

Sounds like a great vacation and a good race too!

At August 4, 2009 5:36 PM , Blogger Mama Simmons said...

I can't believe you got through that whole book on your vacation! I've been working on it every night for like 2 weeks and I'ms till only on page 500ish. I'm glad it's long though b/c I'm enjoying it so much. Don't want it to end. :)

Glad you had a nice week!!

At August 4, 2009 6:43 PM , Blogger Maijaleena said...

Congrats on your win! That is the hardest race to find results for...

And by that way, that lady Susan in 2nd, even though she is 50, is pretty darn good.


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