Saturday, May 13, 2006

Wildfllower




I had hoped this race was going to be the one to kick-start off my season right, but it was not meant to be. I arrived at Lake San Antonio on Thursday with plenty of time until the 8:00 race start on Saturday. Tri-Cal put me and some of my other buddies up on this beautiful lake house on Lake Nacimiento. It was a great way to relax before the race. Saturday came and it was time to race. After my flat tire at Ralph's, I was itching to race. The race started off with mediocre swim, and Iexited in the second pack, still in contention. I was off onto the bike and ready to go. I settled in a pack with several others and we began to ride a steady, fast pace. Around mile 40 we hit "Nasty Grade" a two mile climb averaging about 8%. I made it up fine, but bonked shortly after. The last ten miles of the bike were brutal. I lost almost 5 minutes to the pack I was riding in. The start of the run wasnt much better. My back was in knots and and could barely walk, much less run. I was quite closed to dropping out, but decided to finish the race even if I had to walk the run. After about four miles of walking and shuffling (at about a whopping 9:00 per mile pace), my back and legs came around and I was off running. I passed a few people the last 7 miles, but it was not enough to better last year's result. I finished in 4:29 and in 20th place (last year 4:24 and 19th place), but I am glad I finished. Now I am back home en la casa de Fort Worth con mi familia and am getting ready for the Columbia Triathlon on May 21st.
And one more thing, I like to give a shout out to my sister brookie, who graduated from some university, I think it was the University of Texas at Austin.....good school. Really proud of her.
Cheers,
B

8 comments:

brookie said...

i'm grateful for the shout out... but get your facts straight, buddy! you're such a jokester. for those who care (based on your lack of comments, i might be the only one who reads this... as of now of course) i actually did graduation from an wonderful university... it's much better than t.u. gig 'em ags!

brooke said...

dang it.... in the last post i meant "i did graduate"

Brooke said...

one more typo.... this is absolutely ridiculous... i should've typed "a wonderful university" instead of "an wonderful." i'm an idiot. but at least you have three comments now! :)

D.O. said...

wow... well first of all, Barrett, you're a stallion, clearly.

Second. Brooke, I'm fairly ashamed of you. You are were an education major back in school right? Your spelling and grammar need improvement.

Brooke said...

Yes, D.O. I "am was" an education major back in school. Now I have my degree. Thanks so much for your encouraging words.

Barrett: you should probably spread the word about this fun blog to others so we're not the only ones writing dumb stuff back and forth.

Blair said...

YOU HAVE A BLOG...what the heck?

aggiesoonerhuskermom said...

I found your blog!!! Don't know how...and how did I get this blogger name??? Oh well...a mom loves anything my son writes about so I will read it faithfully if I can ever find it again...I don't know where this came from?? I have a blog but I don't have a clue what my name is or how to get back on it since June 1st---don't know the password either nor the user name cause it is not this one...I LOVE YOU BARRETT BRANDON!!! Why do I have to always type the curvy characters---do you have to do that too? Love, Mom

Brooke said...

i want a new post..... i want a new post..... i want a new post!