- Men went after women in the swim today. I had no idea this was happening until just before the start. I.DO.NOT.LIKE.SWIMMING.BEFORE.MEN.
- When all the men swam past it became very wavy. Very wavy.
- I went way wide of the buoys so no men would swim me over. Cost me some time.
- My swim time was 4 seconds slower than in June at this same tri. I was sure the course was MUCH longer today but since the times are close I guess it wasn't.
- How do they know where to put those buoys and measure the distance?
- I definitely was in a bit of a panic mode while swimming. I had to tell myself to calm down. I could do it. It would end.
- I didn't think my transition from swim to bike was too slow but it was. The wet suit didn't come off too hard but something took me a long time.
- It was 13 seconds slower than in June.
- I didn't bother to put on bike gloves so was hoping that would SAVE me some time.
- I need to figure this out.
- The bike was different because of the way the waves were.
- I didn't pass too many people. There was one woman who passed me in the beginning and I spent the rest of the time trying to keep her in my sights. I almost caught up to her on the long hill but she got ahead of me on the flats. I got to the finish slightly ahead of her but she got off her bike and to the mat quicker. She helped me keep my pace up though. I love having someone to stay with.
- My bike was 45 seconds slower than in June but almost a minute faster than the relay in July.
- I was highest in the ratings in the bike but only by 1 more than the run. I was very consistent overall.
- The second transition was 3 seconds faster than June but I am not sure why. I COULD NOT REMEMBER HOW TO RACK MY BIKE. I am completely serious. I had serious brain freeze and as I was trying various positions I got it stuck and spent time untangling it and still trying to do it right. Look to the left or right to see other bikes??? Never thought of it. I swear this took me 20 - 30 seconds.
- When I started running my legs were seriously dead. My pace was slow and I felt I had nothing to give. I couldn't wait to be done.
- Later when I checked my Garmin I was surprised my first mile was 10 something. I thought it was much slower. The other two miles were in the 9s.
- I picked it up a little and passed more people running than I did biking.
- But by no means was I moving fast.
- My run was 33 seconds faster than June but I don't know how. I was sure it was going to be several minutes slower.
- Overall I was 28 seconds slower than June. I know this isn't much but I am disappointed I can't improve my time at this tri. Two weeks ago in NH I improved by 5 - 6 minutes. Here I can't get up to my first one and each one is a bit slower. They are all pretty similar but I am not going in the direction I want.
- I won my age group. 1/1 I was actually the oldest woman there. But a friend of mine who is one year younger kicked butt! She was 12 minutes faster than I was. She improved her time from June by a lot. I am seriously impressed. And next year she'll be in my age group. Oops.
- I talked to a woman who was one of the older women there and she just started doing these last year too. (She improved her time this year by 6 minutes.)
- I was 66/84 overall with the bike/run being 60/61. The swim was 67/84. Like I said, consistent. I guess there's worse things to be.
- I truly love triathlons. Love them. They leave me flying high all day and into the next. Much better than crack.