Sunday Morning Jeff and I woke up at the ungodly hour of 3am. At this time I was thinking how ridiculous it seemed to be waking up that early for a sprint distance race, but at this point I am not really equipped for a longer distance. For this race I had planned on skipping my morning coffee, but I just couldn't. I NEEDED it. So I had my coffee and a whole wheat bagel with some natural peanut butter. Then Jeff and I were off for an hour drive down to the race.
Once we got there
Now, I know this was only a short swim (600m), but when I saw the distance I started freaking out a bit. Before Jeff headed out he reminded me I had just done 2400m at masters, and 750 at Lake 288, but for some reason this distance seemed more daunting. Maybe because the last race I did was wet suit legal and this time I would be on my own, with a few other people knocking into me!
We killed some time by snapping a few pictures
I ran up to transition, which took me 3:31 (I think Jeff and I need to work on a sense of urgency in transition) and tried to dry off a bit, and then was off on the bike.
The bike was an 11 mile ride, which was on a loop and half course. I actually passed a few people on the bike, but I take turns very slow and I have a very hard time drinking on the bike. I wore a camelback to hydrate on the bike, and really can't describe how I look when I am trying to get a drink. During the bike I had no idea how fast I was going because I forgot to hit start on my Garmin. I finished in 38:58, which was an average of 16.9 on the bike. I am happy with this pace because it is an improvement from my last race. My goal the next few months is to get out there and ride so I am more comfortable on the bike. Because in addition to not being able to drink on the bike, I am not so great at getting off the bike either. I can't really describe how I do it, but maybe this picture can.
I pretty much unclip both feet coming up to the dismount line and then wobble off my seat until both feet hit the ground. It is not pretty. But I safely got off of the bike with falling and headed to transition which took me 2:17.7 this time.
I headed out for the run feeling pretty good, but again I forgot to start my Garmin. I actually stopped right before I crossed the mat coming out of transition to fix my ponytail and Jeff was
This was a great race and I will definitely do it again. I really love running, but am also really starting to love adding swimming and biking before the running. I finished in 1:22:55 and was 15th out of 23 in my age group.
Thanks to my friend Ann for coming out to support and taking some awesome pictures(my first awesome pictures from a race, which is a whole other blog post!)