Hey you all!
I just returned back to Italy from Marseille, France where I had my final race of the season to complete my 2017 European Trifecta!!
Traffic was insane! It took 10 hours to complete what was supposed to be an 8-hour drive. I was in bed around midnight, and up drinking expresso at 5 am Saturday morning, getting in race mode. The morning started out pretty chilly, but it turned out to be a perfect day.
The race was incredible! I was definitely a bit nervous due to the fact that I have been restricted from training for 8 weeks, and have only been back to training the last 14 days. Once again, the human body never ceases to amaze me. It is an incredible machine. I kept myself in check mentally and it carried me through the duration of 15+ miles.
This race was more diverse than any race I have seen- you can always expect to find water, rocky terrain, and rolling hills throughout a Spartan course. Water is often overhead from point A to point B, unrecognizable obstacles are usually always scattered within, and no matter rain or shine, you will be covered with mud on every inch of your body at some point throughout. This race, however, included swimming, and when I say swimming, it wasn’t a swimming pool lap. I haven’t included swimming in my training program since my last triathlon back in 2013, so it took some fight and it was incredible. The day that I am not tested to push beyond a comfort barrier, is the day that I will hang up my OCR racing shoes.
Race Day Nutrition:
For breakfast, I had oatmeal and coffee, and 30:00 before the race began I had a banana. I had planned on wearing a Camelbak pack during the race and literally on the way to the starting line, I dropped it off in bag check. It was a good choice! Throughout the race, I had probably in total, 2 bananas and 5-6 pieces of dried apricots. I made the conscious decision to stop at each water station (there were probably 5 or 6 for 15 miles) and drink 2-four ounce glasses of H2O and consume 1-2 bites of energy.
Immediately following the race I had another banana and a scoop of protein and water. This held me over until I made it back to the hotel for a quick shower and then headed downtown to Panasia for sushi .
The following morning I was up and ready to get in some ‘touristy’ things before the sun came up. An authentic French croissant to start the day was a must.
With the enchanting La Major Marseille Cathedral within walking distance, it was a required sight to see. Since studying History of Western Art, I have been completely fascinated with 1800s neo-Byzantine cathedrals. The Marseille Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral and a national monument of France that I felt privileged to observe.
I did some walking around town and really had hoped that the CrossFit would be open for a drop-in session, but Europeans + Sunday = sleeping in.
I picked up a few souvenirs and called it a day.
The trip back home was tiring and I was more than thankful to see my bed.
It was an incredible weekend, an incredible race, and I am so thrilled beyond words that I got to check this European Trifecta off of my vision board for 2017.
Envision, Believe, & Receive.