I signed up for 5 mile lake triathlon about a week after I finished Boise. My thought was, I'd be rested enough, yet still have all the training from Boise. I secretly hoped I could get a top 3 finish. It is a small, local race, so I figured I had a chance.
Pre-race- I woke up at 4:45. It was cold and I seriously thought about just staying in bed. I made myself get up, had some coffee, got dressed, and made a peanut butter sandwich. I got all my stuff together and headed out. The park is about an hour from my house, and I had to get their early enough to pick up my race packet. I arrived around 6:30. As I pulled in, the rain started. I sat in my car for awhile and did some people watching. EVERYONE I saw had a tri bike. There were disk wheels and aero helmets. It seemed so crazy. This is a little, local race. Why was everyone so professional looking? I tried to put it out of my mind and just concentrate on my race. I got my stuff ready in the transition area and went down to listen to the race talk. I had no clue about the course, so I figured I should attend. The announcer welcomed us all and mentioned this race was the Pacific Northwest Sprint Triathlon Championship! That explained all the super fit athletes.
Swim 7:58 - The water was around 67 degrees so I wore a wetsuit. It's a short swim (.25 miles) so I thought about going without it. As soon as I got in the lake, I was glad I wore it. The swim was pretty uneventful. I got kicked a few time, but I felt good for the most part.
T1-2:05- It was pouring and I was freezing. I thought about putting on a long-sleeve shirt, but no one else was wearing one, so I decided against it. I put on my sunglasses and they fogged up, so I decided not to wear them.
Bike 49:30- I really wanted to do this in 45 minutes. I could have, but I was so afraid of crashing in the rain, I took it easy on all the turns and probably went slower than I needed to. The course wasn't closed to traffic. Between that and the rain, I was kind of a wuss.
T2-1:10-Almost fell running with my bike into T2. After that I decided to walk. I changed shoes, put on my racebelt and visor, and headed out.
Run 25:46-I am SUPER happy with my run!!! I felt really good. I passed a couple people, a couple people passed me, but I felt strong the whole time. This might have been my fastest 5k EVER!
My goal (aside from finishing in the top 3) was to be under 1:30. My official time was 1:26:29!
I'm happy with it.