North East Triathlon
August 16, 2009
Olympic Distance: 1.5K swim, 39K bike, 10K run
This was my second time doing this race. Last year it was a great time so I figured I’d check it out again. This year we drove up the day before to pick up packets but drove home to stay overnight at home in Baltimore. The morning of the race we go up early and headed up around 5:30AM. We arrived with plenty of time to get ready. The morning of the race was already humid and getting hot. No wetsuits were allowed as the water was nearly 85 degrees – I knew it was warm from the day before when I ended going “swimming” after my dog went for a swim and got caught up stuck in the line from buoy – I ended up having to jump in and rescue him. In any case, the race was again, well put on and very enjoyable despite the heat.
Swim: Women under 39 were in the last wave. Being the last wave behind both the Sprint and all the other Oly people made for a crazy swim. I actually started panicking – which I never do – when people were crawling all over me and some girl literally grabbed my goggles and threw them off my face. Luckily I recovered fast and was able to proceed with no additional problems. This year the current as “slack” rather than coming in, so it made for a slightly faster swim time. Notes about the water: it was HOT, it was murky, no grass, and there wasn’t much current. It was so murky/cloudy I couldn’t see my hands in front of me. Time: 24:19
T1: A few hundred yards from the swim end to the transition area – over pavement and grass.
Bike: I decided to go hard on the bike figuring I had nothing to lose. I didn’t taper for this race (I did the Eat-A-Peach century the weekend before and an 11 mile long run a few days after that). I attacked the hills and tried to stay aero on the downhills. I beat my bike time from last year by 2 minutes for an average of 19.0mph. Why oh why can’t I break 20mph? (or even come close?). I was surprised by the amount of rolling hills even though I did the same course last year. Time: 1:14:20
T2: 56 seconds.
Run: Until the start of the run I didn’t notice the searing heat. As soon as we hit the main road (which, by the way, was choked with idling traffic), the sun beat down on us. We ran out and back along one side of the main road – of course the side with NO shade. At mile 2 or so I realized I was now paying for the weekend/weekend of longer workouts. My legs were dead, my body was hot, and I was mentally too tired to go any faster. I got passed by 2 or 3 women in the last half mile of the race but couldn’t do anything about it. The good thing about this run was the COLD water that the volunteers were handing out. The icy water felt so good dumped over my head. Time 52:20 (8:27 pace and 1.5 minutes slower than last year).
Total Time: 2:34.09 (a 4 minute improvement from 2008). Overall 11th out of 114 women and 2nd F25-29 after the winners were accounted for. Would have liked to have broken 2:30 but probably needed more rest and a tiny bit of weather cooperation. Now it’s time to think 70.3… and how terrible (or great) that is going to feel in a month :). Thanks for reading! ~ Jen