Eagleman was only my second triathlon ever (I did Iron Girl last year). Not quite sure why I said yes to the 70.3 but in the long run I'm glad I did. I only had two goals for this race--to finish and finish under 7 hours. Luckily I was able to achieve both!
Race morning I think I was still blissfully unaware of what lay ahead of me...which is probably better in the long run! I got suited up in my wetsuit that is way too big for me and went to the water--nice and warm (I'm sure from the other 9 waves of racers peeing in the water before I got there). I have never been a good swimmer--I re-learned to swim for Iron Girl and I started Masters this January. Apparently it paid off because I was able to swim it in 42:18--I was just hoping to be under the cut-off on this leg! As I exited the water my mom took a picture that shows all the water streaming out of the bottom of the wetsuit legs from all the large voids in the suit--maybe if I get one that fits I'll go faster...something to think about for next time!
Swim: Time: 42:18 Place: 36 of 43
The transition was super slow because I wasn't quite sure what I was doing...I had never had to take off a wetsuit quickly and even though I took so much time I forgot to re-apply sunscreen...not a smart move on my part!
T1: Time: 4:31 Place: 35 of 43
Biking is another thing that I picked up just for Iron Girl. I guess that I've only been riding for about a year now--and just recently started using clipless pedals. Also, my boyfriend had just put aerobars on my bike a few weeks ago and I had only used them once on a training ride of the Eagleman course. We'll just say that I was unsteady on them during that ride. This is why I was pleasantly surprised that I was nowhere near as shaky on the aerobars and I was even able to eat and refill my aero bottle while pedaling--a big accomplishment for me! The first 35 miles went really well with an average pace of about 18-19 mph. Then my butt started hurting and my legs stopped wanting to move. The last 15ish miles were much slower due to the strong headwind and my tired legs. Overall the bike was better than I thought it would be.
Bike: Time: 3:19:51 Place: 41 of 43 Pace: 16.9 mph
Transition 2 was still not fast by any sense of the word and I still forgot to re-apply sunscreen. Oh well, 2 of 3 events done!
T2: Time: 3:54 Place: 34 of 43
I expected my legs to feel kind of stiff during part of the run but I didn't expect that part to last 13.1 miles! I ran most of the run course except for a few minute long walks and walks through the aid stations. Even though I was going slow I kept telling myself that I could finish the race even if I had to crawl. Luckily I didn't have to crawl but I was still pretty slow. I was so happy to finally cross the finish line! I can now say that I completed a half Ironman which is amazing to me seeing as I didn't swim or bike until a year ago.
Run: Time: 2:25:56 Place: 38 of 43 Pace: 11:09 min/mile
Overall I'm very pleased with how I did...but I still have lots of room to improve! I finished the race under 7 hours--goal achieved! Now I have to get a massage, take care of my blisters and sunburn, and get ready for triathlon #3...
Overall: Time: 6:36:29 Place: 39 of 43 in age group, 1378 of 1609 overall