This is my first triathlon in over five years and my first as a member of MMTC. Not to be completely redundant, but thank you (again!) to all the volunteers at the tent and those on Gatorade hill. I really appreciate all the support.
Going into the race, I felt prepared, but I was very nervous about the bike portion. My modest goals were: Swim in 25 min, Bike 1:10, Run under 35. I hadn’t given much thought to my transitions as you’ll see below. I woke up at 4 and had oatmeal and a banana before heading out to Centennial Park.
So I started the race missing my first goal by 35 seconds. Coming out of the water, I felt really strong, and looking back I probably could have pushed myself harder. I also lost time at the end when I encountered what felt like swamp thing or possibly many swamp things in the lake. Being completely grossed out definitely caused me to lose focus, that and trying to keep the seaweed in the lake and not drag it with me out of the water.
SWIM TO BIKE TRANSITION: 5:06
OK. I have no idea where that 5 minutes went. I do know my adrenaline was really pumping, and I definitely fumbled around a bit getting my socks, shoes, and helmet on. Need to work on this for next time.
BIKE: 1:09:38 (15.1)
So I have to confess that I have an unhealthy attachment to my trainer, and I am not all that comfortable riding out on the road. So I was particularly worried about the bike. But once I mounted the bike and headed out, I was surprised at how relaxed I became. I’m sure having ridden the course before with the club’s best mentor, Loretta, and Kim Sheridan had something to do with that. Thank you ladies so much for letting me join you and all your advice and support. I think it really made all the difference. This race was a big boost to my confidence as a rider, and I’m really looking forward to building on this for future races.
BIKE TO RUN TRANSITION: 2:40
Did I mention I need to work on those transitions. Only other item of note, as I came back into the transition area Invincible by Pat Benatar was playing. Pretty darn epic.
RUN: 36:32 (10:45)
So I should mention here that despite not drinking anything an hour before the race and using the bathroom a couple of times at the start area, by the time I got out of the water I had to go again. And by the time I started the run, I really, really had to go again. With the swim and bike behind me, I could think of nothing else. I was pretty miserable and uncomfortable until I got to the baseball fields and saw a restroom and stopped. Not the best thing for my time, but it was well worth it to me. The rest of the run was great. I felt like I was able to finish strong despite the heat and was even able to catch a couple of women from my age group in the last half mile.