Week of Feb 24 – March 1, 2020 – Best Damn Race

Good evening team (morning in Thailand)!

I hope you are all doing well. The journey to Thailand has been amazing! Getting here was a bit bumpy but once settled in it was great. The people here are amazing and super friendly. Everything is so inexpensive…. it is insane! Just imagine a full meal with appetizer, 4 meals, latte and a beer (not for me) was only 28 dollars. The exchange rate was 1 US dollar to = 31 Thai Baht.

Let me tell you about the race. The morning started with winds blowing at 22 mph and with gust of 25 – 30 mph! I drove the bike course on a 2 floor bus, two days prior… so I knew what to expect. However, the winds through everything through the loop. The heat index was 95 degrees with a humidity of 95%. In my head… I got this!

The swim was a triangle going clockwise, it was good on the way out, crossing was choppy and on the way back… it became a washing machine. Coming out of the water, was good! Started on the bike and I saw bikes in transition rattling cause of the wind. In my head, just put your head down and go!

On the bike, I was scared for my life!!!! As you know with many of my bike accidents, I did my best. Put my head down and rode the course. The route was hilly and windy. I was conservative on the bike as I knew the run course was going to be brutal.

When I came to the run, the winds died down a bit; however, it became a sauna! The good thing, they had huge buckets of ice on the course; in which, I was dumping my cooling towel and water on me. I had my running vest on so I was prepared: base salt, water bottle with base hydro and aminos. Each aid station I cooled myself of, took coke, water and ice down my pants. It worked! It was a three loop course and very hilly; however, parts that of the course was shaded only the back end. It was super spectator friendly and you were able to see lots of monkeys on the run.

I will recommend this course! We stayed at the host hotel for super cheap and the people were amazing.

Best Damn Race – Schedule

Now back to business. This week is the BEST Damn race in Orlando. Therefore, we will make a few adjustments to the schedule. Please review below:

  • Monday – Swim
    • Workout will be posted.
  • Tuesday – Run
    • Location: DTWN YMCA
    • Sport: Run / Track
    • Time: 5:00 am
  • Wednesday – Swim
    • Location: Aquatic Center YMCA
    • Sport: Swim
    • Time: 5:30 am
  • Thursday – Bike / Run
    • Location: DTWN YMCA
    • Sport: Bike Trainer
    • Time: 5:00 am
  • Friday – Swim
    • Workout will be posted as the Aquatic Center will be closed.
  • Saturday
    • Temp: High of 65 degrees and low of 42 degrees
    • Best Damn Race
      • 10k – 7:05 am
      • Half Marathon – 7:25 am
      • 5k – 9:00 am
  • Sunday – TBA

Can’t wait to se you all on Wednesday!

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