Today was the first triathlon of the season - Shelbyville Triathlon Series. Last year the weather was icy & the bike was cancelled. This year was a picture perfect weather day.
|Ruth, Audrey, Mary, Me & Misty|
The other thing about the series is each race gets a little longer so since this was the first one of the series it was the shortest - 3K run, 6 mile bike & 400 yard swim.
It is also, hard to know how to dress this time of year. The temperature was in the low 40s & sunny at the start but warmed up really quick. I had my tri suit under running tights & 2 layers on top. I wore thin gloves & a beanie - both I took off for the run but put back on for the bike. I was pretty warm on the run but perfect on the bike.
The run was an out & back. We started off pretty fast. The out was faster than the back. There was a little wind but not awful. My run is pretty solid this year. My right knee has been a little achy but I have been trying to take it easy so it doesn't get worse. So far it has been working. Even with taking time to heal my achy knee I was still over a minute faster than last years 3K time in the Dash & Splash.
|Run into Transition|
T1 was good. I decided not to wear the jacket I brought since I was so warm on the run. It was a good choice.
T1 Time = 0m46s
The bike was a loop with some easy hills. I was in big gear the entire ride. The wind was picking up & one turn was pretty brutal into the wind but thankfully there was also a slight downhill. My bike was solid as well. I have been very regular on the trainer this winter which has helped. It is nice to start off the season strong.
|Bike back into Transition|
T2 was slow. I racked my bike & took my shoes off then ran to the pool. I stripped the layers off in the pool area.
T2 Time = 2m25s
The swim was the dismal portion of the race. I have been struggling with a shoulder issues since last summer & haven't really swam much. Every.single.stroke.hurts. It sucks. I started PT 6 weeks ago & it has helped but I still feel pain when I swim, do a push up, side plank, etc. I go back to the ortho this week to see what, if any, the next steps are.
It took 3 attempts to get my googles properly seated. That was annoying. It took 200 yards to find my breathing rhythm due to being out of breathe from the bike & transition run. It also felt like I had a lot of traffic - mostly swimmers that were faster than me but took a couple beat break at the wall so we ended up swimming pretty close together most of the swim. My upper body felt tired. I really need to find some upper back exercises that don't hurt my shoulder. I did not enjoy the swim this year. My swim was over a minute slower than last year but that was expected.
Swim Time = 10m37s
Total Time = 50m37s
|Mary & Me|
Happy racing y'all!