|July 29, 2014|
|July 29, 2014|
So they rescheduled to August 31st. It is a small town, local race. I was really impressed with the race director & the flexibility of rescheduling. I have never been to a triathlon that was cancelled & just assumed they wouldn't be rescheduled because of the logistics of a triathlon.
After a stressful work week, a terrible nights sleep, a 5AM work conference call & once again rainy weather I didn't have any expectations for this race. I considered not going but then figured since I already felt miserable I might as well go do a triathlon in crappy weather conditions.
|8/30 - The night before|
The race started about 8:15. There were probably between 50-60 people competing. The swimmers went off every 10 seconds so I was in the pool in no time. The swim was 300 yards. Somehow I was super lucky & had a really clean & clear swim. You can see there was no one in my lane at 75 yards but the lane next to me was a cluster. Thankfully it wasn't me in the cluster this time although Audrey (yellow cap) looked to be in the mix. With such clear water I was able to really stretch out. I breathed every 2 strokes this time instead of my usual every 3rd stroke.
Total 300 yard swim time = 6m50s. 1st of 3 in age group! Woot! That has never happened before!
I didn't bother trying to go fast in transition. Since it was so rainy I put all my stuff in a garbage bag to keep it relatively dry. For the most part it worked well. I decided I didn't want to run in soaking wet socks so I went without socks on the bike. I never do this but fortunately it worked out just fine.
T1 = 2m11s
I had never been on this bike course so I had no idea what to expect. The course was great & I think I only had 1 car pass me in 18.5 miles. It was an out & back bike which is my favorite. The ride out felt great & I felt like I was cruising at a good clip. Around mile 5 I started to wonder if I had a tail wind because it felt too easy. Well I was right. The ride back was quite a bit tougher thanks to a head wind. The ride out was spent mostly in big gear but the ride back was in small gear. I was worried I was cooking my legs & the run would be miserable so I was trying to stay in small gear on the way back.
I heard the miles clicking off on my watch but had no idea what my time was - couldn't figure out how to display the elapsed time on my new watch while riding. When I got back to transition Steve told me I was out for 1 hour 8 minutes so I super pleased. When I got home & looked at my Garmin I was really surprised to see the splits.
|Bike splits from my new Garmin|
T2 = 1m19s
Again T2 wasn't speedy but uneventful. I had 4 miles running ahead of me & was really wondering how I would do. Since ramping up my bike miles I dropped my weekly runs from 3 to 2 per week so I was thinking I would be happy with a 12 minute mile. I went out with my usual plan of running 1 mile, walking 1 minute. When the first mile clicked off I was pleasantly surprised to see a 10m04s mile.
I have been suffering from side stitches during the run in the last couple of races. I think this has to do with the fact I haven't been doing any bricks in training this summer. I hope to remember that for next season. The run was a lollipop course through the local neighborhood with some minor hills. My pace dropped off a bit for miles 2-4 but the average was still in the 10's even with the side stitch.
I was so happy to cross the finish line & thrilled to hear the announcer say my total time was just under 2 hours!
Total 4 mile run time = 41m20s - 3rd of 3 in Age Group
Total Time = 1h59m27s - 2nd Place in Age Group
|Audrey at the finish|