Coming off Fort Ricthie just a week ago, I was not sure what to expect. I also did not know how my body would respond to two Olympic tris in a week, so I figured this would be a good time to find out. I drove the bike course on Saturday, and I thought some of the roads seemed a bit tough (more the condition of them than the hills), but figured it would be fine. My goal was to try and stick around 3:00. I did not think I would be able to beat last week’s time without either more rest, or a better training week (which did not happen).
I got to transition around 5:40 and got to pick my spot on the end, which made me happy, even if the lack of sleep did not. Had a bagel and a Cliff Bar before the race and did a warm-up swim. While it was good to get in the water and warm-up, the breeze after getting out gave me serious chills.
The swim was uneventful. I felt good as it was going, and I made sure not to check my watch…just swim. The only problem I had was toward the end, there was a very distinctive fuel taste. (Good luck with filtering that, liver!) When I crossed over the timing mat, I was thrilled that I was at 30:34, which was faster than the week before. I started to think maybe I could drop my time a little.
T1 was 3:17, but part of that was the ridiculously long run to get to the actual transition area. Who planned this stuff? Once I got to my bike, I got it out and was on the road fairly quickly. I’m just not particularly fast running from the water to it. The bike ride was not too bad, but some of the roads are in serious need of repaving. I kept a pretty good pace, but I felt like I was constantly riding uphill. I was pleased with my time of 1:14:03. The end came faster than I was expecting, and I did not get to loosen up my legs as much as I would have liked prior to finishing the ride.
T2 was 1:22 and as I looked at my watch, I figured if I could just run the same 10K time from a week before, I would be able to take about 6 minutes off of my time. That was a huge motivator. As I have learned about myself, I get stronger as the run continues, though I still need to start faster so I can finish even faster. My run finished in 53:08 and a final overall time of 2:42:30 (8:56 faster than a week before).
I am really looking forward to the Nation’s Tri now. I have almost a month to work each area and improve.