The MWCC sprint tri took place in Gardner, MA last Sunday. We scored a great deal on it from Schwaggle, which made the hour and a half drive there a bit more tolerable at 5AM, haha. This was a small triathlon with only about a hundred people (definitely one of the smallest events I’ve been to) but it was nice because it was easy to find your way in transition. It was also a longer sprint tri, with a 0.5 mile swim, a 15.18 mile bike, and a 4.17 mile run.
Even though I’d stayed pretty active on our California vacation, not having much specific training leading up to this tri made it a tough race for me. The swim portion went well (aside from the gross weeds at the beginning of the pond, but who can control that), but the bike was a bit hillier than I was used to. There was a bit of a climb between miles 11 and 12, and it really tired me out. By the time I got to the run, I felt pretty exhausted but still put in my best effort. I ended up finishing in 02:32:58, with the following splits:
Swim - 24:15
T1 - 4:03
Bike – 1:10:17
T2 - 0:56
Run - 53:28
People always tell me they’re scared to do a tri because they’ll be one of the last people to finish. In this event, I was one of the last people to finish – 2nd to last actually, I believe. And even though it was a tough race for me, my times weren’t that bad compared to my normal standards. Coming in near last doesn’t diminish all the hard work you do, and honestly – I just love the sport of triathlon so much, who cares if I’m one of the last to run across that finish line!
Following that race was the Harvard Pilgrim 10K on Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium. I did this race last year and loved it, so I was happy to do it again this year. The race was huge – over 6,000 runners between the 5K and 10K races which both started at the same location and ran the same ¾ of a mile together before splitting. My husband and my good friend Katie were there to do this race with me too.
The 10K course went out on local roads in Foxboro before coming back to the Stadium. The finish was on the 50 yard line, which was awesome. It’s fun to see yourself on the big screen too. At the finish, they had Patriots player Jerod Mayo around to take photos.
I ended up finishing the 10K in 1:14, an 11:55 min/mile pace, which I was pretty happy with. Not near my 10K PR, but it was a race where I felt great running and finished without feeling like I was going to vomit at the end.
After the race, we stuck around Patriot Place to see the amazing fireworks. It was a great event!