The day before the race I spent all day in the sunshine swimming and running around at my brothers high school graduation party like a 5 year old who has been introduced to sugar for the first time. So, maybe that wasnt the wisest choice, but I felt a little tight and pretty tired come race morning. I woke up at 4:45 ate 2 packets of oatmeal and got on my way. It was a 45 minute drive to get to South Carroll, so I pumped some tunes to shake off the morning cobwebs.
I didnt start my race until 8:15 due to the way that they had setup the start of the race. I said that I could swim a 400m pool swim in 9 minutes, but knew that I could go a bit faster. So, here is the breakdown of my race:
Swimming is not my strong leg. I came into the swim with a plan. Swim 50meter freestyle 25meters breast stroke on and off the entire way. This seemed to work out fantastic for me during this race, as it didnt make me overly tired when I hopped out of the water
My first transition went fairly smooth. This was the first race that I had my tri-suit so I didnt have to fool around with any clothing which saved me time
Biking is where I tend to make up my time on people. This is my strongest leg, and it showed today. I came in 25/300 people on the bike and was able to power up the hills when I needed to. The first 7 miles I averaged almost 23 MPH, which significantly fell off during the last 6 miles, but I was able to get into the second transition feeling fairly confident that I had enough left in the tank to run.
Poor T2 because I did not remember to bring my race belt with me. So, I had to pin my bib number on my jersey during T2. There was a long jog from the dismount location to my bike stand, so that did not help matters. The sun came out from behind the clouds during T2 which significantly heated up the day.
So, I get out on the run and a guy passes buy me pretty quickly. This is the first sign that I am running slower than I want to. However, I know there are hills ahead of me and I am not completely worried because I to be a steady runner and dont fade on the hills. I was able to keep a steady 8:30 min/mile pace during the run even though I was hoping to do 8 min miles. This is an area in which I will have to work on.
Overall, I am pleased with the results. It was great to have the other MMTC members doing the race. The were encouraging the entire time. We had a great showing this year from MMTC! Lots of podium finishes! Mostly, just a fun day with great people in a laid back environment :)