The first race of the season is out of the way. It was not without its hiccups. I brought WAY too much stuff. Thankfully transition wasn't too crowded and no one seemed to mind. Well, I was the only girl at my rack so maybe they guys minded, but they didn't say anything. I had a goal of finishing in 1:45.00. I had a super secret goal (I'm not the only one to have a goal and a super secret goal, am I?) of finishing under 1:30.00. I didn't really think this was possible.
I woke up at 4:30. Took a shower, had some coffee and a protein shake. I also paid some bills. Not sure why, but I felt like it needed to be done.....at 5am....race day. Got dressed, put my bike on the car and took off. Only 10 minutes later than planned.
I found Erika a few minutes after I got there. Her bike was racked across the aisle from mine. We figured out where bike out/bike in and run out/run in were, and headed down to the beach. Erika went in the first wave. She is braver (and faster) than me. So I cheered her on and waited for my wave to start.
Swim 440 yards
The swim was 440 yards. Super short. The water wasn't as cold as I expected. Somewhere in the low/mid 60's. I started in the front. I had a good swim but 440 yards isn't really enough distance for the group to get spread out. There were 3 or 4 of us who were swimming on top of each other the whole way. I definitely kicked a couple people. I hate doing that. Always feel like I should stop and apologize. I didn't, but I felt like I should. Other than that, I had a good swim. I came out of the water in 7:23. My swim time was 8:47 because there was an insanely long run from the lake back to T1. I hate that.
Age Group rank 4/37
I was able to get my wetsuit off pretty quickly. It usually takes me forever. I was pretty slow here. This is where the first race of the season cobwebs show. My stuff was unorganized. I couldn't figure out what to do first. Couldn't decide if I should wear a jacket, or socks. I ended up without a jacket (thankfully) and I wore socks. Totally forgot my sunglasses. Not that it was sunny, but it's nice to wear them to keep bugs out of your eyes.
AG rank 22/37 (ouch)
Bike 15 miles
I was nervous going into the bike. Worried about a crack in my frame and I had no idea what to expect on the course. I was pleasantly surprised. There were 2 little hills but it was mostly flat. The hills weren't steep but they were kind of long. Not bad. I was really freaked out on the downhills, thinking my bike might spontaneously combust if I hit a bump. It didn't, but I put on the brakes way more often than I should have. This cost me some time. There were a few spots that were really narrow and it was hard to pass people. On that note, I got passed a ton on the bike. I think the entire men 40-45 AG and 20-29 AG passed me. AND a 14 year old. That won hurt. He looked like he was 5ft tall and weighed 90 pounds. All in all, I was happy with my bike. I know that this is an area that needs work and there is an opportunity to gain a lot of time here.
Pace 19.3 mph
AG rank 18/37
Pretty uneventful. Had the same issues as in T1. Just didn't have a good plan. Got my race number, put oh my running shoes and took off.
AG rank 14/37
Talk about being unfamiliar with a course. I had no idea the run was a trail run. It was really dirt and grass, but I was expecting pavement. I was not a fan. It was wet and I'm not the most graceful runner. I thought for sure I would fall or twist my ankle. The trail was narrow at parts and people were running both ways. Not easy to pass people without getting in someones way. I stopped around mile 1 because I had something in my shoe. I took off my shoe to get it out but nothing was in there. When I got home and took my socks off, I found a leaf in there :). That said, this was a really fast run for me.
AG rank 15/37
There is definitely room for improvement but I'm really happy with my results.
AG rank 13/37