Okey dokey, so a race recap was promised and a race recap y’all shall have! As a sidenote all my pictures will be at the end, because my family computer is dumb. I started the morning nice and early at 4:45 am. It was glorious because only my brother and I were home. I had already put my bike in the car the night before. So I went through my checklist of things I had to do- yes I have a checklist. I ate, drank me some coffee, made sure that I had everything that I was going to need for the race, got dressed, took a little relaxation time and then headed out.
I was a little nervous about getting lost, simply because the last time I was there was for the last time I did the race. But, I managed to find the place ok (with a few, excusable goof ups in my driving) and parked my car. Even thought it was only like 6:30 in the morning there was a decent amount of cars at the start.
I took out my bike and the things that I was going to need for the swim/bike transition and brought them to the area. I think I was so early because I didn’t have anything for the bike/run transition because I decided to wear my vibrams for both the bike and run, thereby cutting down some time. Anywho, I checked everything I had, laid everything out, made it all nice and anal-retentively perfect and headed back to the start. I had everything with me already that I was going to need for the start of the race.
So basically I waited around for an hour and a half, but I’m not sorry I got there so early because I got a supreme parking spot and I was all ready when I needed to be. Plus, since I have a tiny runner’s bladder it allowed me to use the bathroom as many times as I wanted before the race before the crowds came. Sorry, but I have a tiny bladder.
Swim section; I was kinda nervous, but I was pumped. I actually didn’t have that many people in my heat and I ended up giving a girl next to me tips because it was her first Tri. I felt like a seasoned veteran giving her advice! Anywho, the swimming went as the swimming always goes, semi-fast, and with absolutely no breath. I sucked wind hardcore, which I’m partially blaming on my lack of ability to swim the week before the race, but I digress…
Biking section; I hoped out of the water and raced to my bike. My transition was much faster than last year and I got going very quickly. This year, my friend let me use her road bike which was so much lighter and easier to use than my mountain bike. So during the race I felt like I was flying, I legit had fun on the bike leg, compared to last year when I just wanted to die. This year, the end came up sooner than I thought it would- I mean I was going that fast in comparison to last year!
Running section; So my bike to run transition was also much quicker because I made the executive decision to wear my vibrams for both legs so I wouldn’t have to change. I hopped off my bike, and kinda threw it on the side (shh don’t tell my friend that I borrowed the bike from), and then started running towards the run. Once on the run, it took a good mile maybe mile and a half for my legs to not feel like jello. I really need to start doing more Brick workouts. Anywho, I felt pretty good and I saw a few people I knew. I ended up passing people, which is always nice. The end is uphill, which really sucks and I have to keep remembering to tell the race directors I hate them for that. But overall, my time was; 1:32:44.
I’m very happy with my time because it’s almost a full 11 minutes off of my time from last year, which was; 1:43:03. I don’t think I’m going to do this race again next year, not because I don’t like it, but I believe I’m going to do it as a relay with my two brothers (they actually want to do it! I don’t have to convince them or anything!) And I’m going to try doing an Olympic distance next year (this was a Sprint), but first I’m going to save up and get me a road bike- no more mountain bike for me! So that’s it for now. All my pictures are below, they include; the bike I used, an awesome sign at the lake, and more!
Sorry for the recap taking so long to go up, its been a hectic few days, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more later. Until later, TTFN.