I was extremely happy with this race. I took 9:07 off my time from IronGirl in 2009, my training paid off. I would have been maybe 2 minutes better if the heat didn't get to me on the run. I had a really hard time like many others who were out there as late as I was. I was the 2nd to last wave.
Swimming felt great. This time I was able to follow the main pack until my goggles fogged and I was going into the sun and couldn't see. The girl I decided to follow swam off course, so I did too. After the turn, I could see a little better and felt good when I passed caps in other colors. I thought about ditching my goggles but glad I kept them.
T1 was great for me, even though I didn't have the greatest spot. I was efficient and jumped over some people who were sitting in the middle of the aisle.
The bike is my strongest. I passed many who passed me in the swim. I've been having some issues with my back tire feeling wobbly. I don't know if it is out of true or if the long stems of my tubes are causing it, but I was a little cautious. However, my new tires helped and I felt great. T2 was speedy as well.
Now for the run, I pretty much got a cramp as soon as I started running. A lot of people were walking and I didn't feel so bad to be walking, but I did the best I could. Towards the end, I heard many words of encouragement and worked as hard as I could. I was able to summon enough energy to sprint through the finish. One of my training partners told me I need to leave everything on the course. At the tri, I certainly did that.
Thank you so much to the volunteers at the Gatorade Hill water stop and at the tent. The smoothie was my favorite part, refreshing and helped me recovery immensely. And a special thank you to my mom (one of the body markers) who got up early to support me.