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OK, moving onto the race recap - overall, it was an awesome race. I did have just a few small pet peeves though, and one was right at the beginning – the parking was a mile from the start. I realize a mile is not that far to walk, and yes you could just hop on your bike for a quick ride. But when you have someone with you who doesn’t have a bike (like husbands, kids, friends, etc) – you’re obviously going to be walking over with them since they don’t have bikes. It’s not far, but it does take a little bit of time and when you’re trying to get ready before a race, you just want to be at the start getting everything set up just how you want it. I realize the stress caused by this was partially my fault, because if I’d left earlier I wouldn’t have had to worry as much. Although it’s still a tiny bit annoying that after you finish, you’ve got to walk back that mile to the car.
Check-in and packet pickup went smoothly, and then I got transition all set up and headed down to the area for the swim start. The swim was a 0.5 mile triangular course in Mirror Lake. It was a great morning for the swim – it was comfortable outside and the water was warm. My swim wave went off third, and it was fairly smooth with the exception that I got caught in a group of swimmers going just slightly too slow for me, but there were about 5 around me and I couldn’t break out for a few minutes. Also, I definitely should’ve had some tinted goggles, since the first 1/3 of the swim was directly facing the sun so you couldn’t sight anything! I just kept following the people in front of me until we got around that first buoy and I could actually sight again. Felt great once I could get some space on the swim – no problems with breathing and felt strong and steady the whole way.
Finishing the swim, you had to run up a pretty long bumpy concrete hill to get to transition (maybe 0.2 miles?). I should’ve left my flip flops over on the side, because that crap hurts your feet! Went pretty slow getting up that hill, so T1 was pretty long.
The bike course was a 10 mile course – two 5 mile loops. It was smoother than I thought it’d be with the number of women on the course – although my husband said he saw some close calls at a few points when he was watching bikers finishing, bikers going out for the second loop, and runners on the course – all in the same section at the same time. But for my pace, I didn’t have many problems with it being overly crowded.
I had gotten myself all anxious and nervous before this bike course because the elevation map looked like it had a pretty steep hill at one point. Turned out to be not bad at all! I actually really liked the bike course. Much easier course than the MWCC sprint course back in July. I felt great while riding.
Headed out for the last leg, the 2.9 mile run, and knew I was going to struggle. My legs were feeling a bit tired, and mile 0.5 to 1.5 was pretty much all uphill. I was insanely slow on that portion. After the 1.5 mark, then we got the nice downhill portion and I was able to pick up some speed again, but not enough to make up for that crappy run start.
I crossed the finish extremely happy with my performance that day, particularly for the swim and bike. The run could’ve been better, but oh well! I know I haven’t been running as much as I could the last 2 weeks, and there’s nothing I can do about it after the fact.
Here are my splits from the race:
0.5 mile Swim – 15:42
T1 – 5:52 (that stupid concrete hill!)
10 mile bike – 39:58
T2 – 1:25
2.9 mile run – 38:46 (ouch, haha!)
Overall time – 1:41:41
Overall place – 210/281
Age division place – 25/37
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