This year T4S was the Sunday after we got back from our C&O bike trip. I had no expectations on the swim or run. I only swam once since the LaPorte Triathlon in August. I did finally get that cortisone shot in my shoulder & it has seemed to help the pain. I have had 2 pain free swims since the shot. I still am not in the pool regularly but I am hoping that soon I can start swimming on a more regular basis.
A short lived cool front came in the day before the race so the weather was perfect. Even had to put on a long sleeved shirt & vest to stay warm.
|Most of Team Steve - Becky, Steve, Me & Audrey|
|Yay - finally lining up on the pool deck!|
T1 time: 2m01s, 3/13 AG
I was curious how the bike was going to feel. On one hand I should be fast since that is all I did in August but on the other hand I knew I wasn't fully recovered from our trip. Once on the road I could feel my legs were still fatigued.
There was a bike wreck on one of the curves which slowed most everyone down. Thankfully the guy wasn't seriously hurt but they did have to call an ambulance & fire engine. On my way back I chose to stop & let them go by. The road was narrow & with bikes on both sides it was difficult for them to get through. I probably lost about a minute doing this but if it was me I would hope folks would put their race aside let the emergency vehicles through.
12.6 mile Bike time: 45m31s, 6/13 AG
T2 time: 1m00s, 7/13
The run was an out & back. Doing a 5 minute run & 1 minute walk has been working out pretty well for me. I was surprised the run felt really good. I had done a brick a few nights before & it felt awful but it was still hot. I think the cooler temperatures made a huge difference in comfort level.
5K Run time: 31m49s, 9/13 AG
Overall time: 1h31m28s, 9/13 AG
The oldest female finisher was 84 years old. One of the TNT folks told me she has done hundreds of triathlons over the years. I find this so amazing. I really respect the men & women who are still competing well into their golden years. It did get me thinking of how many triathlons I have completed since I started this journey. Not counting the year I did T4S as a relay, I have completed 26 triathlons since 2009. At this rate I will have completed 170+ triathlons when I am 84. Sweet!
Next up: Gobble 1/2 Marathon in November