Swim: 18:40 … Seaweed!!!
Bike: 55:02, 19.1 mph … Tried to remember to keep a high cadence instead of pushing too hard. It felt slower but I guess it worked! I saw a girl pass me with a 27 on her leg and I tried to somewhat keep her in sight. I couldn’t quite catch her. I tried to spin up the hills and then go as fast as possible on the downhills. I ate one gel 45 mins into the race, 2 endurolytes at the beginning of the bike and another two at the end of the bike. Tried to remember to enjoy it because it was a beautiful day and I think the bike is the most fun part.
T2: 1:03 ... I saw the 27 year old leave just before me. She helped me so much by giving me a goal and someone to chase!
Run: 27:29, 8:05 min/mil pace … I was channeling Coach Jim… trying to lift my knees up on the uphills instead of pushing off. That tip has helped me so much this year! It makes hills so much easier. I also remembered Jim’s tip to take quick short strides on the downhills, letting gravity carry me down. Thanks Jim! I passed the 27 year old right at the bottom of Gatorade Hill and I tried to push as much as possible from there to the end so that I could stay ahead of her. I had no idea where I was in the age group because she was the only one I saw during the race. It was wonderful to see all the MMTRI people on Gatorade hill! Thanks for volunteering and for cheering us on!
When I got to the finish I heard my parents cheering me on and I tried to sprint in. Jim was there and he told me I had won my age group but I did not think he was right so I did not really think about it. I was so happy to see that I beat my time from last year by six minutes. I have worked hard and gotten much faster on the run, but I would like to keep working on it! It is nice to have Iron Girl in August for another chance to take on that course! After hanging out around the tents for awhile, my dad went and looked at the results and said I was fourth. I was very happy! Then I looked and realized that I was fourth in my swim wave, which included other age groups, but I was second in my age group! I was thrilled and my mom cried! Then at the awards ceremony, I was shocked when they called my name as first place in the 25-29 age group, but then I realized that the girl who had beaten me had gotten an overall award so she did not get an age group award. I want to find that girl and thank her for being so ridiculously fast to allow me to get the award! She did a 1:32 or something. Wow! I have never won my age group before and it was so exciting! I was so happy that I pushed myself and let myself suffer a bit during the race. The awards ceremony was very inspiring because we got to see the paratriathletes who raced. They are amazing! Sue cried some more there. It was also wonderful to see all the MMTRI people who placed in their age groups! Congratulations to them and to all who finished the race! I love our hometown triathlons. I was sorry that my mom was not able to do the race because of her collarbone break at Eagleman but it was wonderful to have my parents there cheering me on!