I'll take it!
I love love love doing triathlons. I know you've heard it before but I've got to say it. Love it!
I talked to two women before the swim today - one was 62 and the other quite young. They also started doing tris in the last couple of years. The younger woman couldn't swim before but is doing half Irons and considering a full so she's got it now. The 62 year old woman has also done halves and is considering a whole.
Body marking time.
The weather turned out to be beautiful - sunny (humid but better than pouring) after a rainy Saturday. There were 200 individuals in the race and about 40 teams. I think there were 10 waves and I was in the third one. Yikes! But I'm getting more used to fast swimmers coming up on me and I really like lots of bikers around so it's a fair trade.
At transition early.
Filling up......what a great sight!
The swim seemed long. I am sure the Mascoma one was too short as my time was so good at that and it was supposed to be 100 yards longer. Didn't look it or feel it. Today felt long but I did about the same as last year so I'm guessing it was right. I worked hard to have a better transition. I probably worked hardest to improve my bike. Last year I wasn't ever standing up and at this tri I decided I needed to learn. Today I stood up a lot. But man there were a lot of hills and some of them were steep. There was one in 3 parts with little sections in between the steep parts that were not as bad and I was panting a ton by the time I got to the top. I stood some and sat some. I am not the brave soul some people are on the downhills. I brake as needed. When they tell me there are two tricky turns ahead on the downhill I proceed cautiously. The bike was only 12 miles but my time was similar to the 14 mile one I do near home. That's okay. I could tell the run was not as good as last year. I didn't take the time to put my Garmin on and that may have been a mistake as I didn't know my pace. I tried to pick it up without much luck. The relay runners zipping by were a little irritating! I didn't have that kind of energy at all.
I am up front near the guy in the blue bathing suit. I am up
Heading out on the bike. I was actually having some trouble
clipping in here.
Sitting to get my running shoes on. Some guy threw his bike
down and got called back to rack it. He was also
leaving with his helmet on. I didn't see if he took it off.
My friend is all set to get a good picture of me starting to run'
when I set the lap on my watch.
Completely done. Again with the watch!
Thrilled to be done.
So here is how I did.
My goals. Today's results in blue.
Swim - Between 11 and 12 minutes (400 yards - last year 12:28) (12:27 - 1 second faster than last year.Didn't quite meet goal but I'm okay with it.)
T1 - under 4 ( a long run over sharp stones - last year 4:27)(3:27 - much better - yeah! and actually the run over sharp stones is part of the swim time not this time)
Bike - Between 49 and 51. (12 hilly miles - last year 52:19)(51:01 -close enough so I'm claiming it as a victory)
T2 - Less than 1:45 ( last year 1:48)(1:21 - Woot! Woot!)
Run - Between 25 and 26. (2.7 miles - last year 25:19)(I know I'm not running what I was. I did it in 26:29 for a pace of 9:49. So I didn't meet it but not way off, can improve here for sure)
Total - Between 1:34 and 1:36. (last year 1:36:21) (1:34:45 WOOT WOOT!!!!)
So my overall placement was 127/197.
Bike 118/197 LOVE THIS!
Age is 2/5 but there are no stats at all for the person who is 1st in my age group so I am not sure what that means.
Kay is learning a lot about triathlons!
I bought the hat.
Love the medal.
Not wild about the color of the shirt but so love the quote!