I came into this race with a goal to break 3 hours (improve over last year's time of 3 hours 12 minutes and 30 seconds. I made my goal (barely), coming in at 2:59:33.
I just recently joined Mid-MD Tri last month. It was nice having a place to hang out pre and post race. Big Thanks to Kristen and everyone at the tent! Everyone was so nice and helpful. It was also good to meet some of the club members racing.
Swim was again a struggle for me. I need more open water time. I found myself very tense in the first ten minutes. I thought my wetsuit was constricting around my neck (well okay, I was a bit thinner when I bought it). When I reached to adjust it, I realized it was my nerves and not my wetsuit. Pulled out of the pack, found my stroke, and did the leg in 31:22 (about 1 minute better than last year)
I walked for a bit out of the water, getting my wits about me. I wanted to be out of T 1 in under 5 minutes (not great but okay) and went across the mat in 4 minutes 29 seconds. Still room for improvement (next year I will make that transition practice!)
I felt good on the bike, made my targeted splits, and finished in 1:25:46. My bike time was within seconds of last year's time, which confirmed to me that to in order to improve my bike times, I need more roadwork. Spin classes are great to get you through the winter, but they are not a substitute for being out on the road.
I also improved my time on T-2 by about a minute, getting in and out in 1 minute 37 seconds.
The beginning of the run was a bit wobbly, but I got up that first hill and through mile one in about 9:30. Much better than I felt at that point. Found my stride and form, and focused on grinding out those hills. Finished in 56:21, nearly 10 minutes faster than last year!
Again, thanks to everyone at the MMT tent! I look forward to seeing you at the Diamond in the Rough.