First Tri of my season under my belt and I'm feeling pretty good! Was a little nervous, because even though I've been biking and running, I've done little swimming and no bricks at all.
Originally I had set a goal for 1:20 for a sprint this year. But with no training, I decided that for this tri, I would feel great if I broke 1:25.
BTW, this is me rockin' the cool racing glasses Mark got for me.
So this morning I woke up early after falling asleep late. So far, completely normal night before a race, haha. Got up, had some oatmeal... should have eaten more. Then got dressed, grabbed the bag and out the door. Thanks to my sweetie for getting my bike all ready and loaded the night before!
Hurried to T2 to drop off my shoes and a water bottle, then to the Legacy Center. Hurried and set up T1 and in to pay my $5, woohoo for a cheap race! Thanks again Trevor!
Ok, now in to the pool area to get ready. Get the swim cap on, hate that, and then wait for everyone to be ready..... nerves set in, why I don't know. It's just for fun right? Finally we were off! First lap, easy, but by lap 8 I was getting tired. Then I remembered some tips that Brian had shared and started implementing them, ahhhh, relief. Getting more streamlined helped reduce energy expenditure and before I knew it 16 laps were done. Jump out, pull off the cap and goggles, toss to the basket and out the door to T1. Didn't check exact times, but estimates are about 16:45 for the swim and 1:30 for T1.
Quick dry the feet on with socks and bike shoes. Slip on the cool new sunglasses Mark surprised me with and clip the helmet and I'm off! Legs felt like JELLO! Why do they feel so tired? Finally after a few blocks they loosened up and I felt better. A little over a mile in came the railroad tracks, just as I turned the corner to see them, crap a train whistle. Are you kidding me? Hope it's a short one! No, I coasted to a stop with everyone else who had been ahead of me and we waited another minute for it to pass and then we were off again.
For the rest of the bike portion, I went swung back and forth between exhaustion and energy. Couldn't figure out why. Kept eating and drinking as much as I could and pedal at the same time. I'm such a great multitasker! Past the hogs farms twice, UGH! That stunk. Can't hold my breath that long.
Finally coasting into T2, doing great! Jumped off the bike, out of my shoes and into my runners in a matter of seconds! Drop the helmet and I'm off. Did grab a quick drink on my way out. Check the watch. Out of T2 at 58:20. Wow! Fast bike portion. It had to be under 40 min, which is great for me.
Off for the run I felt like I was going to fall over. Was this the time I consider walking? NO WAY! Come heck or high water, I was running the whole way. Good grief! It's silly, and for the most part I don't care about beating people, just my time goals, But you have to have something to chase. Right? So I was a little behind Trevor and I thought, maybe I can catch him by the end of the race. If nothing else it kept one foot in front of the other. Around 3/4 mile I caught him and we ran together and chatted for a minute. But my pace was just a titch faster and soon I bid him farewell.
As I was running along, I saw the guy in the lead, Jamison. He's a local pro who works at PowerTri in Lehi . So fast! He won the Daybreak Tri I did last year. Super nice guy who has helped me a lot. So I started counting, How many were in front of me? By the time I hit the turn around point, I figured there were 6 guys in front of me. Feeling pretty good! Now it's just my time goal. I willed my legs to turn over faster. But there wasn't much left. Just get the the finish line!
Watching the clock, I knew I wouldn't hit the 1:25 I wanted to, but I still had to run the whole way. I stopped the clock as I crossed, 1:25:48. Not bad at all. In fact I realized, that I probably did do less than 1:25. The train blew a good minute or more off my time. In a bigger organized race, that obstacle wouldn't have been there. So I count this as achieving my goal. Now I just need to get training and meet my second goal of 1:20 this season.
So I unofficially finished 7th. There were 23 entrants, 1 was a team, and 2 were women. I feel pretty good about that.
Need to improve swimming technique and do lots of brick workouts to build endurance.
Strange to think how different my summer was two years ago. Now, I am an athlete! I love being an athlete. I never, ever thought I would refer to myself that way, much less hear others say that about me. I never made the team, was never picked first and was scared of every ball that came my way. But, here, now when there are no more teams, I get to decide what I am.
And I am an endurance athlete.