This weekend started off my triathlon season with the local 10th annual Heart & Sole Sprint triathlon.
Most of the week was warm but Friday a cold front came through. At race time the temperature was a balmy 34 degrees but at least it was sunny! The race start time was 9AM which is a late start for a triathlon. It was nice to not have to get up at 5AM for once.
We got to transition about 8AM. I had the transition setup & body marked by 8:20. I wore my BTC tri kit. I was planning to wear my cycling jacket along with a windbreaker on my bike. My cycling jacket has a hood which I was hoping would keep my head warm. I decided not to put on any long pants after the swim. I figured it would be impossible to get them on while wet. I also wore my run gloves on the bike.
|Laurie, Toa & me - Brrrr|
|Now I see why Susan is always working with me on my breathing|
Out on the bike my nose was a faucet. I was blowing snot rockets the entire ride - it was ridiculous. My legs were chilly for the first 5 miles or so but after than I felt pretty comfy. I snacked on Clif Shot Blocks throughout the ride & drank most of my water. The course was a loop that went by some beautiful horse farms & through downtown Versailles. The police did a great job manning the intersections. 15 mile Bike Time: 58m21s (3/5 AG)
In T2 I stripped off my wind breaker & my gloves but left my cycling jacket on. About a mile into the run I took it off & wrapped it around my waist. By this time the temperature was in the mid to upper 40's but the sun was really warm. T2 Time: 0m54s (1/5 AG)
The run was a 5K cross country. It is where the Woodford County cross country team runs & I overheard in the locker room that it is one of the hardest courses in the state of Kentucky. Fortunately, I heard that after the race was over. The course was great. It had a little bit of everything - gravel, grass, rocky trail, hills - including one they call 'the wall' and even some mud. My pretty yellow run shoes are now a lovely mud brown. 5k Run Time: 32m05s (4/5 AG)
|Run form needs some work too|
Our local running community organized a Run for Boston at 7AM on the same day of this race. Over 300 runners participated to show their support. It must have been amazing to be a part of it. There was no question that I would dedicate my race to all the victims of this senseless act of violence. I dedicated each mile of the run to the 3 victims in Monday's bombings. Mile 1 was dedicated to Lingzi Lu. Mile 2 was dedicated to Krystle Campbell. Mile 3 was dedicated to Martin Richard. May you rest in peace.