I did this race last year as my first triathlon--I finished but truth be told, I really wasn't quite ready. It was great fun to go back this year and put last year's time to shame.
Nothing too memorable about the swim, although it took until about length 7 to settle my nerves.
My bike was racked very close to the entrance from swim and exit to bike, and I had a very smooth T1.
The bike route starts out with a short climb—-this hill didn’t faze me when I rode the course a few weeks earlier, but on race day with my heart rate still up from the swim, it was a little more challenging. After the first couple of miles, I settled down and really tried to push myself. I felt pretty strong the rest of the bike and felt like I had a good ride. When I turned onto Liberty, I checked my computer and saw I was running over 50 minutes. I was surprised—-I felt like I had been going faster than my practice ride, which took about 48 minutes. Still not sure what happened there.
That convenient spot for T1 worked against me for T2, as I was about as far away from entrance and exit as possible. I was tired and nervous about the hot run to come and felt like I was moving in slow motion.
When I started the run I felt like it was going to be a disaster. Everything felt heavy and I felt a side stitch cramp develop less than 5 minutes in. I stopped and walked a bit and worked on pushing the cramp out and started running again at a very slow pace. I struggled up the first hill with aching legs, but once I got past that hill, I started to feel much better. I hit the first mile marker and checked my watch—a little over 10 minutes. I realized if I picked it up a bit, I still had a shot at finishing under 1:35. The rest of the run went great—hot, but I kept a steady pace and actually kept feeling better and better.
All in all a successful race for me. When they started posting times, I saw that I had been able to come in under 1:35. My initial goal had been 1:30, but with the slow bike, I readjusted, and I’m really happy with what I was able to pull out. I saw that I was in the running for an age group award, and when they posted the final results, I was 3rd! It was very exciting to hear my name called at the awards--my first AG placement. Too bad they had missed someone, and when the results were posted online later in the day, it turned out I was actually 4th. A little disappointing, but it didn’t change what was a good race for me—I cut 22 minutes off last year’s time.
I’m very new to MMTC and really wish I had checked my email and seen that several of you were setting up a tent since I would have loved to have come over and met those of you that were there. Oh well, maybe next year!