|Before the rain with Mary & Treacy|
At 4:30am my alarm goes off & I didn't feel like getting up. I mean really, who does like getting up at 4:30am? Anyhoo, I get up & make some coffee. I decide to pack up my gear & make the race decision when I got to Spindletop. By the time I get to transition I am feeling good enough to race which I figured I would. The only problem it was lightening like crazy & a big 'ole storm was moving in. I got my transition area set up, put a garbage bag over my gear & then head for shelter. After about 45 minutes or so, the storm moves out. We were able to start the race about 30 minutes late.
|Waiting out the storm with Allison, Leila & Mary|
Finally hopped out of the pool & took off for transition. I got there early so I was able to rack my back right at the Bike In / Bike Out. T1 time = 1:09 (AG 2/13)
The bike was 13 miles out & back. The roads were wet which honestly I was glad since I knew I would go easy on them which I needed to do because of Friday. We had a nice tail wind for the first 6.5 miles. On the way back it was good & windy with the bonus of a heavy drizzle. All in all, the bike leg was fine. Actually, it was exactly what I needed. Bike Time = 45:11 (AG 4/13)
T2 was uneventful as well. T2 = 0:53 (AG 3/13)
Swapped out my shoes & headed out for the run. The first 1/2 mile or so was on grass. Again, I wanted to go easy on the run & this forced me to do it. My lower calves & arches were very tight on the run, especially my left leg which suffered the worst of the cramps on Friday. The middle 2 miles were on the roads & the final 1/2 mile was back on the grass. I didn't wear a watch today so I had no idea what my pace was. Not a spectacular run but felt pretty good considering. 5K Run time =32:13 (AG 9/13)
My goal time before Friday was 1:30:00. My goal this morning was to finish. My actual time = 1:31:19 (AG 7/13. Either I didn't back off as much as I thought or if I was feeling fresh I could have blown away my goal.
After the race, I changed clothes, handed out a few Aquaphor samples & then hung out with the gang.
The coolest thing of the morning happened at the finish line. One of our local Team in Training girls, Allison Harris, was greeted by her boyfriend at the finish who then got down on his knee & proposed to her. If you know Allison, this.was.the.most.perfect.proposal.ever! Congratulations Allison!!!
Last but definitely not least, a BIG SHOUT OUT to all the awesome volunteers & organizers of the race. Sunday was not a good day to be a volunteer with all the rain & wind. They make these races great and they do it with a smile. This was an extremely well organized event & even though the weather wasn't perfect it was a great day to be a triathlete!