Despite my excitement for our impending adventure to Des Moines I made sure I had a ‘stabilizing’ breakfast Friday morning of Overnight Oats. To keep it fun + indulgent it featured a few fun add-ins.
After breakfast I got cracking on my to-do list and made sure we had all the appropriate goods for the weekend.
Of course the non-edible essentials:
Day of breakfast essentials:
Lunch for the road:
An awesome new Sabra hummus flavor:
Naked juice made with Coconut Water:
Matt + I munched + crunched our way to Des Moines and ran the necessary Des Moines stops. We ran a few Des Moines exclusive errands (Hello, World Market + Marshall’s) and then met up with our friends for a pre-triathlon dinner at TGI Friday’s.
Potstickers – I had 1.5
Dragonfire Chicken – All the broccoli + 1/2 the chicken/rice combo
Vanilla Bean Cheesecake – Matt + I shared
We spent the rest of the evening watching Bring It On in our hotel room.
Saturday we woke up bright + early and fueled for the day. I ate a Thin Bun covered with some TJ’s Almond Butter with most of a banana on top. A standard race day breakfast, no?
We headed to Waukee to get our race packets.
Our Super Fans hung out while we grabbed our race packets + got ready to start the race. The Pieathlon was a super unique event in the fact that it had a menu-like option. You could do one, two, or all three events and then pick the distance that you desired for each. Since it had such a variation of events + start times the event wasn’t timed.
We started the 400 swim a little after 7:45. I was really excited that the event kicked off with an event that I was so confident with. I would of been a mental mess if the race started with a run.
The swim was fast + uneventful, even though the temperature of the water was super warm.
After transition 1 Aubrey + I headed off on our bikes. She opted for the 20+ mile ride, while I stuck with the shorter 9 mile ride. I really had my heart set on completing the 5k at the end, so I didn’t want to push it too much with the bike. The ride was flat, but super scenic.
I got pretty bored, but there were a ton of runners + bikers all throughout the trail so there was tons of “Good Mornings” + “You GO Girls!” Around mile 6 I stopped to take a butt-rest + had some water and a few Sharkies. Matt + Adam ended up driving by at the exactly the same time as I took my break + took some photos.
By the end of the ride I was getting tired and really not looking forward to the run portion.
With some encouragement from the guys I took off on my run. The first 1/4 of a mile was super challenging. I had biking legs + I felt like a piece of Jell-o. Although running has always been hard for me mentally, I knew that the 3 miles would also be physically challenging since I had only ran twice (a mile each) as part of my training.
My goal was to run/jog until I saw Aubrey bike past me on her return from her bike leg. I ended up seeing her just as I finished my first mile. We had a quick pep-talk and I was on my way, determined to finish my first Triathlon.
The rest of the run was through neighborhoods + I only saw a few other runners. My goal for the entire Triathlon was under 2 hours, but I knew if I ran a 35 minute 5k I’d finish under an hour and forty five minutes.
The last 2 miles had no mile markers + there were a few stop lights. I ended up finishing the 5k in just under 35 minutes which is my fastest 5k (especially considering the chat + stoplights).
Aubrey + I post-Tri
And the Pie portion of the Pieathlon.
Matt + I shared a slice of Apple Crumble topped with some homemade ice cream that had been churned by someone on a bike.
DSM Farmer’s Market
After the pie + a quick sports massage we headed to downtown Des Moines for the Farmer’s Market.
I was immediately surprised by the crowds + the sheer size of the farmer’s market.
There were tons of tents selling every type of food known to man, but I had my heart set on one thing.
Pupusas! The wonderfully cheesy goodness made famous by Miss IGE had been calling my name for weeks! I ordered the Cheese, which was filled into a corn tortilla + then topped with coleslaw + salsa.
My stomach was a little eh so I only was able to stomach half before I had to call it quits.
Matt + I continued our tour of the farmer’s market.
We ended up with some serious loot including some lettuce, zucchini + some goat meat! We also got some fresh Gouda, which we immediately broke into once we got home.
After the Farmer’s Market we headed back to Iowa City and I spent the rest of the day eating + lounging around. I truly can’t express how proud of myself I am and I’d be lying if I said I was tear-free for the entire Triathlon. I truly can do anything I put my mind too, and so can you!
Thanks to everyone who offered me motivation + words of encouragement!