|Me & my friend Jenn after the race|
Well, you all already know the big news...I had a great race and a 9 minute PR, but here are the race details.
Race: Win for KC Women's Sprint Triathlon
Location: Smithville Lake, Smithville, MO
Race Distances: Swim - 500 Meters, Bike - 10 Miles, Run - 5K
This was my 5th triathlon. Because I have been training for an Olympic distance race I knew I should easily be able to complete these distances, but I was expecting a super hot race. It had been in the upper 90s to low 100s with ridiculous humidity for at least the last month so I wasn't really sure how that would impact my race times.
|Me & Michelle - Pre-race|
|Storm moving in....looking very ominous!|
We headed to transition and it continued to pour, then it started thundering and lightening. They delayed the start of the race by 15 minutes, then 30, then 45, and then finally an hour. We sat in the rain for an hour. It poured the entire time. I was getting hungry, I was thirsty and I had to pee. I was freezing!!! What?? Yes, freezing. That was the last thing I had worried about. I had worried about it being hot, but I had not worried about being cold. All of us were drenched and huddled together, and we just couldn't wait to get in the water to "warm" up. There's also nothing like the feeling of being a a large open field, right next to the water in a lightening storm. Made you feel so safe.
Anyway, finally after an hour delay the race started. It was a time trial start where one person entered the water every 3 seconds based on their swim time. I was about somewhere in the middle of the swim pack, so I wouldn't start until close to 9 am.
Finally, it was time to go. I jumped in the water, but honestly all I could think of was how bad I had to pee, so I started slow. I had never been able to pee while I was swimming before, but I knew I couldn't hold it for the rest of the race. So yes, I peed in the lake - sue me. After that I got in a rhythm and felt like I swam really well. Masters Swim was truly paying off.
Swim Time: 11:48; Transition 1: 2:10
Since I hadn't had time, or really wanted to leave my stuff out in transition my transition time was a little slow, but that's ok. I also made a really stupid decision and grabbed my Garmin at the last minute. I thought I could get it turned on, set to biking, and on my wrist while riding my bike. That's a big FAT no!! Not possible (at least for me). Plus I was moving, so Garmin couldn't locate satellites. After fumbling with it for the first 5 minutes of my ride I finally gave up and stuffed it in my top for the rest of the ride. Those pics should be interesting. I usually have it on my bike, turned on, and ready to go, but the rain totally messed things up for me. I really should have just left it in my bag. Once I finally got rid of the Garmin, I focused on the bike leg. I knew I only had 10 miles, so I really tried to push it pretty hard. The bike course has alot of rolling hills, but no major hills so in my mind I thought it would be pretty easy. It seemed alot harder than I thought it would be. Maybe it was just because the pavement was so wet. It wasn't raining anymore, but the pavement was still soaked. Anyway, before I knew it , I was coming back into transition.
Bike Time: 36:41 (16.4 mph); Transition 2: 1:44 (a little faster)
I got in transition and put my bike away as fast as I could and slipped into my running shoes. I had on socks, but I stepped on my towel, which was soaked and immediately my socks were completely soaked. I ended up taking my socks off and running in my shoes barefoot. It was the first time I had ever run in my shoes barefoot - I knew this was not the time to try something new, but it was better than the alternative. I got moving, and as soon as I hit the run course I remembered I still have my Garmin tucked in my shirt, I pulled it out and put it on my wrist, which made several volunteers and spectators laugh. It was already set to run, so I went ahead and turned it on so at least I had run pace. The run is definitely my weakest leg of the race. It's hard for me to find a rhythm and I always go out a little to fast, so about 3 minutes in I was already walking to catch my breath. For the most part after that I maintained a fairly even pace and finished with a good run time for me.
Run Time: 36:06 (11:39 pace).
Final Time: 1:28:30
Was this an awesome finish time for most people - no. Was it awesome for me - YES!! But the average race time finish was 1 hour and 31 minutes - so I bet the average!! Wahoo!! Below is a race comparison from last year. I am so happy with my improvement. It's nice to see my hard work and training finally pay off.
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run Total
2010 14:51 2:35 38:23 1:43 40:06 1:37:38
2011 11:48 2:10 36:41 1:44 36:06 1:28:30
Place in Age Group Overall Place
2010 102/136 428/626
2011 81/155 343/718
Oh, and am I having fun on vacation....You Bet!!
|Me & my friend Sam|