The water was calm and the temperatures were in racing favor!
After the horn went off I was the third wave in. The water felt great, about 70degrees. Swam 750m in 15:46. I felt this swim was my favorite thus far for races; A. because I could actually see under water, B. the temps were warm, and C. the sun was not in my face. I was really working to "hug" the buoys to my right. I have a tendency to swim extra meters because I can't seem to swim n a straight line.
Out of the swim and into transition. I forgot my famous bucket to sit on which I would like to blame my 2:26 transition on. I really need to work on transitioning.
Off to the bike. It took me a bit to get warmed up. My feet and left hand was so cold it was numb and I had a hard time getting warm. The bike course was so nice. The perfect rolling hills. I came off the bike in 58:42. Also something I need to work on!
Back to transition. I was really trying to beat this one girl who I had been neck and neck with the entire bike ride. She and I went into transition together. I was focusing on her so much that I miss calculated where my row was and I went to the wrong spot. It too me a min to find where I needed to go. Once I found my spot I slid myself and my bike under another rack to get there rather then going all the way to the end of the row and coming back around. Once I got to my towel, I dropped my bike trying to get it back on the rack. I have no idea when this transition was so difficult but I was very flustered. Finally out of transition at 1:38 I was on for a run.
The run started with a mile up hill. The hill was covered with spectators so thankfully it pushed me to run up it. After that hill my focus was high turn over and consistency. The run was only 3.1 so I pushed myself just about as hard as I could. The last 1/4 mile was all down hill so that was helpful.
Finishing the run in 25:34 I crossed the finish line at 1:44:05. not what I had anticipated my time to be but I was pleased.
Things I learned from this race:
Remember my bucket
Focus on myself only during transition
Get slip laces for my running shoes
Pay more attention to where my setup is
Work for my consistency on the bike
I really enhoyed the race! Very well put together. My only complaint was my wetsuit was stolen from the transition area. I was taken to the race director and he asked for my race number saying he would email me and the others around me for them to check their bag. However he never wrote my number down, which means I will probably never hear from him. I am extremely disapointed in the way the handled the situation. It was a brand new wetsuit and was my first time wearing it.
All-in-all it was a great race!