Well, I’m the proud owner of another finisher’s medal!
My goals in this race:
2. Not get hurt
3. Try to learn some things that I could apply to the next race.
I’d say mission accomplished.
I did finish, though I wasn’t speedy by any means.
The Swim 26 minutes – 3/4 mile
I committed the tragic mistake of not testing out my equipment. Remember that deal I got on the wetsuit? Well, it kept me nice and warm and buoyed. It also felt like I was swimming with a hand wrapped around my neck. Not fun.
I learned that I can talk myself through anything. A choking sensation in water during a race is about as un-fun a thing I can imagine yet I persevered. I did stop and tread water about 2 minutes into the swim. Unzipped the suit. Swam a bit and decided that was worse. Stopped again and zipped it back up.
I adapted a swim style to lessen the chocking sensation. Breathe every stroke. And only off the left side. For some reason that worked. Sort of.
The Bike 1:04 – 16 miles
Part of the bike course is the same as the one Bert and I did for the Livestrong ride last year so it felt pretty comfortable. The sun was still mostly behind the clouds and my swim was so slow I had a lot of the road to myself. I passed a few people – what a rush! Was passed a few times. And leapfrogged with one guy who was tentative on the downhills. Who knew I’d turn into downhill speed racer?
Rookie question – do you need to wear your race number on the bike or do the numbers on the bike and the helmet suffice?
The Run 57 minutes – 5 miles
The sun came out and I experienced some very strange cramps. In my right calf. In my butt. Not debilitating, just attention getting. What am I missing that contributes to cramps? Electrolytes? Water?
My transitions were ok. The timing for T1 got mixed up with my swim (does the wetsuit keep the timing chip from working?) so it didn’t register. My T2 was nearly 5 minutes as I tried to figure out if I could cross the finish line to get to the outhouse without messing up my time. I decided I couldn’t. Bummer.
Total time: 2:36 earned me the 28th spot out of 33 women in my age group.
Things I learned:
I can go faster. My cardio was never taxed but my muscles were.
So what is it that I’m missing in training? All advice welcome!