Before the race. The weather had clearly changed from the previous week.
I did not get under 50 minutes, or under 52. My time was slightly less than 2 minutes slower than when I rode this course following a swim. I expected a better time and thought I rode well enough for a better time. I felt like I was pushing it. I passed a lot of people and only a few passed me. I gave it my all. So for today I will have to be happy with that and try again another day. It was windy, but I didn't think it was windy enough to make a big difference.
But the three of us had a good time together. The swimmer was a race virgin. She says she is the least competitive person out there but she is anxious to do it again another year! I was riding sooner than usual because she came out of the water sooner than I would have (the wavy rough water) and transition was almost non existent. So I got to be in a "pack" a lot more of the time. I like that as it seems to make me go faster. (seems) Our runner was very fast and really got us the place we got. We were 4/6 relay teams. We beat the team behind us by one hundredth of a second.
The swimmer's mom, sister and niece came from 2 hours away to watch her. Well to cheer her on. It's hard to know who is who in the water. But I thought it was very sweet they all came.
I was 95 out of 130 bikers forgetting that most of them swam too!
Pointing to our numbers on our legs because we are the bad ass older ladies!
So on to a new tri this weekend. I also think I felt a little let down I wasn't doing the whole thing which I didn't expect. But I was racing and any day you're racing is a good day.