Inaugural events can always be challenging, but I thought this one went so well! You can tell it was a race put on by an actual racer.
|Why yes, those are snow cones at the finish|
I woke up early…as always for a tri. My alarm was set for 4:15 and I was up and ready in a few minutes. I headed out the door at 5 am to pick up my friend Michelle and we were off. Already at 5 am you could feel the heat in the air. It was about 78 degrees and humid.We arrived and got amazing parking! The benefits of getting there early and such a small race. I think there were only about 200 people total for both events. We got our transition areas set up and chatted with a few other friends we ran into. Everyone was pretty excited for the race. As we began to head out of transition the sun was just coming up. It was really beautiful, but it was also bright and huge. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. It was definitely going to be a hot day. I found myself very thankful I was only doing the Sprint for sure!
It was time to swim before I knew it. Since it was a small race they just did 4 waves. Men Quint, Women Quint first – followed by a safety/wave . And then Men Sprint and Women Sprint. The women’s sprint was by far the largest group. There were nearly 100 of us (92 to be exact ), so this made for a pretty large swim wave. We started from the beach and ran in. With only a 400 M swim and so many people starting at once it was pretty congested the entire time. I got kicked and hit A LOT especially until I reached the first buoy. Then it spread out some, but it was pretty packed the entire time. I felt like I could never really get into a rhythm. I didn’t have a great swim time, but it was ok. I finished in 11:06. My Garmin recorded over 1/3 of a mile vs. ¼ of a mile however, so the time was a little better than it looks.
|Finish line picture...not exactly sure what's going on here|
I quickly transitioned for the run (1:01 transition) and headed out for the HOT run. I was definitely beginning to feel the heat. But worse than the heat was the run course. The 5K takes place on a chat trail which is like loose small gravel. Most people love it because it is really easy on the joints, but for me, for whatever reason it absolutely burns up my calves. I find I just can’t get traction and my feet slide. I can’t seem to get any speed and my calves just get tighter and tighter as I run. I was hot and my heart rate was elevated, but more than anything I had to stop completely several times to just stretch my calves out to be able to even keep running. It was frustrating. My run was TERRIBLE….but honestly the run was terrible for most people. I ran a 39:06 5K (12:37 pace)…which is pretty awful. This would normally put me way down at the bottom….as in bottom few at a triathlon, but there were actually still 72 people who had run times slower than mine!! I guess that tells you just how hot it was. I don’t know the exact temp, but it was well over 90 degrees with humidity above 80%.In the end I finished in 1:34:39. The average finish time was 1:32. So I actually felt pretty good about my finish. I was 8/15 in my AG, 49/92 women. So relatively “average” and you know me I’m always happen with average!
|A pic of the temp...it wasn't over a100 actual temp though|
I found my friend Michelle at the end who had come in 2nd Women overall!! She is so awesome! We then enjoyed some Snow Cones…and a photo booth….yes, it was a fun race!
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