Weekly Wrap 58 Yak-A-Du What ??
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Yak-A-Du What ??
Weekly Wrap #58 Yak-A-Du What, you might ask. Pretty good huh? I always name my Weekly Wrap post something to tell me about the week. This one is called Yak-A-Du What because it’s the name of the Kayak Duathlon I
begged persuaded 😉 Mr. Sippi into doing with me on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
I’ll have more on our trip a little further down but let’s take a look at my activity for the week.
Activity ??? What activity?
Not exactly the activity you’re used to seeing, huh? Yea, my thoughts exactly. After ending my Runstreak on Monday, I didn’t do anything except keep up my #Stepbet challenge, not that it’s not something mind you! If I told you yea I needed a break or a slow down, that would be fine right?? Well, if truth be told I didn’t run any because I could hardly put my tennis shoes on! Yup, wore wedges to the game and new ones at that and tore my feet up! Hell, we walked 1.3 miles to the game in the first place! Oh well, the lesson to be learned here is not the obvious of dress for comfort, oh hell no, we are Ole Miss by damn and we dress up. The lesson here is to bring more shoes!!! 🙂
Enough of that business, let’s get to the fun part since I have a lot of practice in it.
We are back on the road! Ok, so it’s not too far or too long, just down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast but still. We couldn’t leave until after work on Friday so it was 11PM before we pulled into Magic River Campground. I really had to ask for some favors to stay here like this. Apparently, it’s not normal policy to arrive so late and leave so early. But the CG was just over a mile from where we were racing in the morning and since we did not tow the car we had to be at the race to park the motorhome in a spot before the crowd.
We get a little shut eye and were up about 5:30 to pull out and get to Wolf River Canoe where the race was held. We had plenty of time to relax with an 8AM start. Gosh, this felt like I was running at noon!
Neither of us has ever raced in a kayak before.
We I thought it would be something different and fun. So we really had no clue what to expect. Thankfully the nice organizers and volunteers were very helpful and full of tips and tricks. I’m sure when they saw us pull out our Walmart Special Kayaks they may have had thoughts of feeling sorry for us. Hats off to the Gulf Coast Running Club for putting this on.
The race consisted of a 2-mile run, then 2-mile kayak and finished with the same out and back run. Neither the running nor the water was exactly 2 miles but a little shy (which is better than being over, right?)
My first mile averaged 9:11 (really fast for me and surprising). The end of my second mile was getting my kayak and pulling it to the water and getting in the water and it still averaged 10:01. I never looked, all of the stats are from afterward. My goal was to do the best I could. With the turnaround, you could see all the faster runners before you and I only saw one woman! What??? No way! That kept me at a good pace.
I was really worried about the transition part, even talked in detail with Holly about what do I do with my shoes having to run twice? Both Holly and one of the organizers suggested I just wear older shoes and get them wet. I’m sorta of tookie. Is that a word?? Anyway about getting my feet in squishy mud on top of having healing blisters and having to run 2 miles in them. Well, I fretted over nothing!!! Would you believe I never even got my feet wet!! Skill I tell you! I hopped in my boat as I pushed off with momentum! YES! My feet aren’t wet! I was good!
I paddled and paddled and oh my goodness paddled. I’m sure I wasn’t doing it right but I was digging deep whole body strokes. Just like the run part the faster mostly guys were way ahead I couldn’t see them, and the slower ones behind me. But soon as I turned the half way bridge I saw people gaining on me. Women too, damn it. Before I got close to the end of the paddle, 3 women who looked as if they were out for a river float had slid by me. It sure pays to have a nice fast kayak!
Oh no, here we are again dealing with my feet getting wet! I gave it all my arms could handle and pushed myself fast on shore and guess what??? I stepped out of the boat onto dry land! Yippee, and one lady was messing with her shoe, the others heading up the hill. They told us our legs wouldn’t work well after sitting to take it easy. My legs? What legs? These slower ladies were going to beat me!
I really have no idea where this competitiveness came from today, I’m not usually like that but I think I had a point to prove. It’s kind of like in the barrel racing world. Some people show up in theses quarter of a million dollar rigs and pull off these mighty fine specimens of horses and then someone pulls up in a cattle trailer and brushes off the dust on their horse and smokes everyone! Teresa reminded me of this saying:
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog!
There wasn’t any smoking this race but I felt like I came out strong even with the disadvantage of my kayak. I felt very accomplished when it was done and getting a 2nd place overall female trophy was the icing on the cake!
Mr. Sippi did great too and told me afterward he and another guy were discussing how much they love their wives, apparently, he too was persuaded into this race.
And the rest of the day
After our race, one benefit of having the RV right there is we both got showers and cleaned up before heading on into Biloxi. We pulled into a campground we have stayed at before that has several restaurants within walking distance and mostly right across the street. We got lunch, relaxed a bit, watched some football, walked to eat dinner and took an Uber to get ice cream! Yup, and I didn’t even feel a bit guilty!
I was so tired I was in the bed before 10PM and slept like a baby too!
Advantages of getting up early
We are headed home this afternoon. Next week hopefully will be back to a more normal schedule. I’ll be in training mode building miles for my first half marathon of this fall season. I’m still trying to decide if and what I’ll wear to run in the Jazz which is right before Halloween in New Orleans.
I may try and throw in a 5k or two before then, who knows.
Did you race this weekend?
How competitive are you? What motivates you to push harder in a race, someone? A time?
Tell me something fun you did.
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Angela from Marathons & Motivation
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Weekly Wrap 58 Yak-A-Du What