As promised, here is my race update. I had a few goals for this race -- out of the swim in less than 10 minutes, 18 mph on the bike, and my biggest goal, to run the entire run and not walk (or limp). I made 2 out of three of those goals, and came very close to the third.
This was my first race after being named an Enell Ambassador, and though I haven't gotten my official equipment yet, I wore my trisuit with my Enell underneath, just like I said I would. It kept everything nice and secure for the whole race, with no chafing. I always tuck my swim cap and goggles into my top before the race so that I don't accidentally sit on them or drop them, and tucking them under my bra strap meant they really weren't going anywhere.
|With my friend (and training buddy) Alicia before the race|
The swim was relatively short, 400 yards, with a run from the swim to the transition area. I felt strong in the swim and managed to stay focused and keep working hard. According to my husband, who served as photographer, domestique, pack horse, and official timekeeper for me, I got out of the water in 8 minutes and 55 seconds, but my official swim time was 11:06, which includes the time to get from the beach to my bike.
|Swimming is great, but why all this running? Glad I have my Enell...|
My goal for the bike was to keep it at 18 miles per hour pace. My bike pace for the last race was 17 mph and I knew I could do better. The bike course was flat and fast, but we did have some wind out there. My friend I came very close, at 17.9 mph. I had to slow down quite a bit as I approached the dismount area. I also had a misunderstanding on the course where a police officer looked at me and said "right after this lady" and I thought he was letting a car go in front of me. I stopped and he said, no, you go, they wait. It was a rookie mistake but I really was confused by it and did not want to get hit by a car. Still, I was happy when I got off the bike because I knew I had done really well (with no idea how close I had come to my goal).
|Feeling confident on the bike|
The run was the iffy part. My hamstring issues have kept me from training as much as I'd like in the run, but I felt good and was able to run the entire way, stopping only once to loosen the laces on my shoes, which I had pulled a little too tight. The new shoes held up -- I think changing to a wider width was the right thing to do. Last race, hamstring issues and foot pain contributed to a 40-minute slog. Even though my run time was only 2 minutes faster, it felt a lot better.
I wore a red Team Toledo shirt over my trisuit for the run -- I had pinned my number to it ahead of time. It provided a little extra coverage and also got me a lot of support from other team members. Someday I plan to buy the Team Toledo racing suit so I can look really professional.
|One of the better run photos|
I was getting tired and thirsty during the race, so I started telling myself lies to stay focused. "There will be cherry popsicles at the finish line." I don't even normally like popsicles that much, but it sounded like the best thing in the world at that moment. Continuing to work hard when I was tired was my biggest victory today.
|It's 5 o'clock somewhere!|
There were no cherry popsicles at the finish line, but there was beer, and yes, I had a beer at 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday. Why not? It was refreshing. I got one for my support crew as well.
|A little sunburned, but happy!|
After the race, I showered and put on my race t-shirt and medal. This race generally has epically ugly t-shirts, but I liked this one a lot, and the logo, which is a version of the City of Sylvania's logo, also made a nice medal. I hope they keep this design for next year.
|Love this design!|
I was really emotional when I found out that I had come in 2nd in my age group in the swim and 3rd in my age group on the bike (and 9 out of 10 on the run), 8th in my age group overall (age group results link). I really feel like I'm making a comeback from my injuries and other issues. Overall, I was 73rd in the swim, 132nd in the bike, and 213th in the run, and 171st overall (overall results link).
The run is obviously where I need the most work. There were a lot of race photos I didn't love because I could see the "hip drop" that the physical therapist at Fitbloggin' noticed. My knees seem to collapse inward, which is inefficient and also is probably contributing to my problems. I think if I can do some strength work to rehab my hamstring and strengthen my run, I can really see some big improvements.
This was a fun race. I'm looking forward to a great season next year.