Challenge Ixtapa

Challenge Ixtapa

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

And that’s a wrap! Challenge Ixtapa was a great way to finish up the season. Things went smoothly for weeks before the race; I felt ready to get out there and give it my all. I finally felt on top of my game and was excited to see what I could do. Challenge Ixtapa made the logistics easy for us, treating their pros the best I have been treated at any race. Ixtapa was beautiful. I had an awesome room overlooking the ocean with only a short walk from the swim start, transition, and the finish. All the athletes were in and around the hotels and the people of Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo were so kind. The cities were well prepared for the race and made us all feel welcome. We met Dave Orlowski, who raced the very first full Ironman distance event EVER in Kona and heard his story, which is so impressive. Our racing days are much easier than what they had (or didn’t have) back in 1978.   Here is a short re-cap of my race. Uneventful swim, swimming with Carrie and coming out of water 1-2 with her. Beautiful ocean water and another swim I thoroughly enjoyed, feeling like I could just keep cruising at that pace. Bike had some cloud coverage for the first 2 laps. I felt phenomenal and was hitting my goal wattage. Not sure my nutrition was spot on and I didn’t get quite enough fluids, so my third lap slowed just a bit, and my run was then affected some. Fun hilly and wide-open course with closed roads. Plenty of aid stations and support from the race. Spectators had fun with the athletes. Run was HOT. Sun came out so the blaring sun on the black asphalt provided quite the challenge. I struggled through the first loop as I tried to get more fluids in and pack in the ice. I lost most of my time to the others on this first loop. Felt better on the 2nd and 3rd loops, but I maintained what felt like a trot. I didn’t lose much (if any) time at this point, but settled into 4th place. Happy to finish the day in an ice cold bath and with a delicious popsicle. Feet were absolutely beaten up, but knowing I was going into the off-season, I knew I was OK. Loved the race organization and the friendly atmosphere that the athletes and spectators provided. No doubt, I want to come back to Ixtapa to race. The city is very welcoming to triathletes, as they are used to them coming in for events like this!                     If you are interested in a longer story and more details about the race, read below! The Swim It was a warm ocean-water swim. Buoys were hard to see as...

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Silverman 70.3 Race Report

Silverman 70.3 Race Report

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

I am not sure where to start on this one! I was excited to have a 70.3 within driving distance that I could race at. A long 9-hour drive to Vegas, but it beat flying with my bike and the costs/hassles of that. I wasn’t sure how my body was going to respond at this race since I felt I lost a bit of endurance fitness with focusing on Olympic distance racing in August/September. But, I chalked this race up to another good learning experience and vowed that I would just make the most of it. The drive was beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the time in the car. I took my time getting there, stopping every couple of hours to get out and stretch. I drove all day Thursday and got to meet up with my awesome homestay. Brian flew in Friday night. I knew I needed to race at Silverman or I would lose my husband to the city’s finest — he had a 1-way ticket to Vegas! … Thankfully he helped me drive home 🙂   As much as I was excited for the race, I was also a bit of a wreck leading up to Silverman. I was putting so much pressure on myself to perform well – much more than I realized. I felt I needed to do well at this race. I should be better at this distance now (3rd time at it) and it was a climate I was used to training in. The pro field was deep and I wanted to compete with these ladies! Swim was very wavy and not easy by any means. But I LOVED it! I didn’t feel like I was overly exerting myself at all during the swim, but I did swallow more water than usual because of the waves. I was with 2 others and just enjoyed the beautiful Lake Mead. I came out of the water in 4th, happy to have a good swim.     Onto the bike, I was focused and ready. The first 10 miles, I felt smooth and the pace felt easy. Then we turned right to head further into the park for 15 miles. I still felt very much in control of my pace. A group of women passed me and I tried to match their pace, but dropped back enough to keep well clear of my 12-meter draft zone to the rider in front. I wanted to keep them in sight, but they were moving quicker than I wanted to this early in the race. I kept to my targeted wattage, and tried to stay focused. At the turn-around at mile 25, I was ready to start moving faster and start catching the girls who passed me. I had higher hopes than reality though. I wasn’t turning over the pedals as hard and I wasn’t as aero as I...

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The Des Moines Triathlon

The Des Moines Triathlon

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

http://robinpomeroy.com/the-des-moines-triathlon/ This year was the inaugural running of the Des Moines triathlon. It took the place of Hy-Vee, a huge Olympic distance race that ended last year. As I had previously focused on the Olympic distance race prior to this year, I was looking forward to this event. With not many big Olympic distance races left in the country, I put this on my calendar when they announced...

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Calgary 70.3

Calgary 70.3

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

My thoughts go out to Caleb’s family and friends. Caleb was a little 7-year old boy who drowned in the lake on Friday evening before the race. What a hardship for them and the community. It was great that everyone in the race received blue ribbons in memory of Caleb, and that blue balloons were released for him before the swim start. Blue balloons released for Caleb. Photo by Ironman 70.3 Calgary Before the Race: I was excited to do another half distance. My coach has built me up to this distance over the last several months and I felt more confident going in having one half under my belt. I knew what power numbers I was trying to achieve on the bike so this would be my first time really using power during a race. I was looking forward to testing myself against a strong field. Work was stressful the week leading up to the race and I didn’t get into Calgary until 10pm on Friday night. I missed the pro meeting on Friday evening, and Saturday was spent going over everything I usually try to do 2 days before. This was not the most ideal but it would have to work. My homestay, Michelle, was fantastic! She was the head of the T1 volunteer committee, so I was able to talk with her and pick her brain about the race. I drove part of the bike course on Saturday and biked/ran around the the run course. I was doing my typical pre-race run on Saturday and a few minutes into it, I felt a weird pull in my left calf. I slowed down and tried to loosen it up but I couldn’t get it to. I ended up walking, heading to the car and hoping I could just massage and stretch it out. No such luck. It was quite tender the rest of the evening, into the morning, and even when the race started! I did what I could, using ice, compression, massage, and light stretch (and voodoo floss — thanks Michelle!) to work out whatever was going on. I was really worried but decided that I would do the best I could during the race and DNF during the run if needed. Not what I wanted, but what I decided might need to happen. The Race: Swim start. Thanks Ironman 70.3 Calgary for the photo. The swim course was a bit complex around the small Auburn Lake. It went around the perimeter of the lake, then had an additional jog near the end. Swimming into the sun made it hard to see for the first half, then as we got to the buoys near the end, I was completely confused. I continued swimming where the kayakers told me, but there were people going in different directions. I was quite worried because I didn’t have a clue...

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TriRock Philly

TriRock Philly

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

I was looking forward to racing an Olympic distance tri against a solid professional field. I know how to race this distance and wanted to just compete. This was my first Olympic distance race as a pro. I had nothing to lose but lots to prove! Brian and I travelled to PA on Wednesday since we have family near Harrisburg. It was nice to hang out with family and also to adjust to the time zone. I was able to take some work with me, but mostly just enjoyed some downtime before heading into Philly Friday evening. We stopped at the race expo and learned that the sprint race on Saturday might not have a swim because of all the rain that has increased bacteria levels in the water. So I knew this might be a possibility for our race on Sunday as well. The bike course is fairly technical, and with potentially wet roads, I knew it was critical to drive/ride the course beforehand. We drove the course Friday evening, paying attention to the road conditions, corners, hills, etc. Then we made our way to meet up with our homestay, Paul, only 10 minutes from the course. Saturday morning, before the sprint race went off and the rain started, Paul, who was also racing, graciously rode the course with us showing me the ins and outs and providing some nice tips. I was so glad to be able to see it while riding because it’s always much different than driving it. We found out at 1pm that afternoon that the swim was cancelled for our race. I was disappointed because I have been looking forward to racing it. But weather dictates the race and TriRock had to make the call for safety. At least a triathlon has 3 sports so we could bike and run 🙂 The race: Race morning, it was drizzling out still and the roads were all wet from the storms the night before. I warmed up on my bike to see how the road conditions were. I was actually quite excited. I felt like I was doing a bike race again (with the addition of a run). The rain and wet roads would just provide another challenge! Since I haven’t ridden in rain in several years since being out in California though, I decided to take the corners more cautiously than I would otherwise. I didn’t know quite how my tri bike would handle in the rain. I did know that if I took corners too hot and crashed, I would be adding a lot more time to my bike split than if I took them a little more cautiously. With no swim, we went to a time trial start on the bike. We started a few steps back from the mount line. Most people started with shoes on and then clipped in once...

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Race Report — Gratitude

Race Report — Gratitude

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Robin's Blog |

TBF Tri for Real #1: Sunday, May 31st, 2015 This race was all about gratitude. It’s not every day that I am gracious for being able to do the things I do, but racing today was definitely just that. There are too many days I take for granted, unfortunately, but this race brought me back to reality. I am thankful for my able body that can race and be pushed to the limit. I am extremely blessed to have such a supportive group of people who help me get through my training sessions and to the finish line of every race. Over the past few weeks, my training has lacked its typical consistency as I have wrestled with some tough questions. With race organizations cancelling several pro races, it has been hard to not be affected. I have had to re-do my race schedule several times this season. I am sure triathlon will continue to see changes, but hopefully for the better. And I hope that all triathletes will come together in support of each other and for the betterment of the sport. Regardless, I enjoyed the day of racing. I drove to the race with a friend and had many teammates, former and current, who were out there. I got to see the kids race and can’t help but smile and enjoy what they are doing. There were 150 kids racing on Sunday morning. It is wonderful to see so many kids out there racing and enjoying the sport. Tri4Kids is doing a wonderful job getting kids introduced to triathlon! Race itself, I just loved being out there with many friends and all triathletes. TBF put on some great races this weekend, as usual. The weather was beautiful with some nice cloud coverage on this very exposed trail run. I got to swim, bike and run today with tons of other triathletes. I was able to test out my swim skin and enjoyed the swim in the nice clean lake. I had fun hammering up and down the roads of the bike course, soaking in the thrill of riding fast! This is what I absolutely love about the Olympic distance race. Then I survived the run, just maintaining a sustainable pace on these tough fire roads and trails. Thanks to TBF for putting on another great weekend of racing! Photo by Greg...

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