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|Is this not the cutest town ever?|
Before leaving Bardstown, we toured My Old Kentucky Home. The house was beautiful and the docents shared a lot of interesting historic facts about the home and the family that once resided there.
|On the porch of My Old Kentucky Home|
|The train runs right through the center of town!|
|Look at all that meat and veggie goodness!|
The alarm went off at 5:15 Sunday morning, but I was already half awake thinking about the race. We got ready, ate a little pre-race breakfast of fruit and almond butter and loaded up the bikes. The reason we chose to stay in Glendale is that it is only 15 minutes from Elizabethtown, which is where the race was being held. We arrived in Elizabethtown by 6:00, which gave us plenty of time to set up our gear, get checked in and do a little stretching!
|Getting my timing chip on|
|Gettin’ all marked up|
|Look how bendy Kevin is!|
|Touching my toes|
Around 8:00, they called us to line up at the doors of the gym. They would file us out to the outdoor pool in a single file line and start each swimmer in ten second intervals. Kevin was in the first group to go out so I had to wish him luck in the gym before he started. My Mom, my friend Heather and her daughter Savannah were all there to cheer us on..and take pictures!
|Kevin nearing the end of the swim|
When it was my turn, I jumped right in and started swimming. I thought it would take me a lap or two to calm down and get in the zone, but I immediately felt awesome on the swim. I passed a few swimmers and was only passed by one person near the end of the swim. I thought it would be freezing since we were outdoors and it was only about 60F that morning, but once I got going I felt fine. The swim went by pretty quickly and it was time to jump out and run to my bike.
|Swimming my little heart out|
I felt good coming out of the water so I ran to the transition area and got my gear on for the bike ride. My Mom and friends were there cheering me on so I chatted with them a bit while I was getting my helmet and shoes on. It was a 13 mile ride so I took one GU when I first hopped on the bike and carried one water bottle, which I didn’t even finish. I ate a second GU as I was finishing up the bike ride. When will there be a Paleo friendly GU?
|Approaching the bike transition area|
|Almost at the finish|
I had no idea what my time was, but I knew that I felt great! I was so proud of my accomplishment and overcoming my fear of trying something new. I was ready to sign up for another one!
|Celebrating a job well done with my hubby|
A friend of ours had come in first and we knew Kevin had done pretty well so we decided to hang around for the awards ceremony. As they were announcing the winners for my age group, I heard them call my name. I had gotten second place in the 30-34 age group! I couldn’t believe it. I was so surprised. Kevin also got second place in the 30-34 age group for males, but I wasn’t surprised. He is fast and he works hard for it!
I got an even bigger surprise when I learned they had calculated the times incorrectly and I was actually FIRST in my age group! I was just so happy to have completed the race, I really was not expecting anything like this. I couldn’t be happier with how the whole race went.
Here are my official times –
400 Meter Swim – 9:30
T1 – 2:34
13 Mile Bike Bike – 47:16
T2 – 1:21
5K Run – 27:22
|Showing off our bling!|
We drove back to Louisville for a BIG post-race brunch at Ramsi’s. They do a buffet on Sundays and it is possible that I had three plates of food. Those plates were piled high with fruits, veggies and healthy proteins like chicken and fish so I felt zero guilt about my meal. There may have also been a few slices of bacon and some sausage links in there, but hey…I earned it!
|This is what winners eat.|
We celebrated by making the Paleo Zucchini Bread with Ginger and Golden Raisins recipe that I entered into the Kentucky State Fair this year. I didn’t win a blue ribbon at the fair, but snacking on this bread sure made Kevin and I happy. This bread is so moist, which is something I have struggled with when making Paleo baked goods. The ginger and raisins give each bite a burst of flavor and the molasses gives it just a hint of sweetness.