Yesterday I completed the Racing for Recovery Half (Ironman) Triathlon in lovely Monroe, MI. In the beginning, I sort of looked at this race as a "practice" race for Steelhead, but with Steelhead now out due to school scheduling conflicts, this race took on more importance. I had 3 goals for this race, first was to finish. Second was to finish under 6:30, and third was to have something crazy happen and be under 6 (as a math person, I knew this was highly doubtful when adding my training numbers). I wanted to be under an hour on the swim, under 3.5 on the bike, and under 2 on the run, and hoped that my amounts "under" would be long enough for me to transition.
Here it is:
On Saturday, Cristina, Mary, Robbie, and I all drove down to Monroe for a practice swim. I also needed to get my registration settled out since I was just on a list of Todd Crandal's, and not officially entered due to a computer problem of mine. I got that straightened out easily enough and they were expecting me. I also chatted with Meredith and Dave, who were also getting their packets picked up and doing a swim. This was my first OWS of the season, and was less than excited about it. It was a check the box sort of exercise. Cristina suggested we swim way further than I wanted to, going out and back diagonally instead of swimming in the shallow water parallel to shore. Whatever. Cristina knows what she is doing and if that is what she felt she needed to do, then I should probably do it as well. The water was cold, but very calm. Still, I did not like swimming and was stressed. I didn't really "freak out", because all of my OWS sort of suck like this and I still did it. Mary helped me out by staying with me. Whew, that was over, and the open water swim before the race was over. Sweet. I could go home and stress.
I was sort of crazy the rest of the evening until the kids went to bed, making sure I had everything. I did make an emergency run to REI to get a bigger bento box, which I probably should have passed on, as well as solved a series of 2 variable algebraic equations to know which mile I needed to be on when I was done with my third loop of the bike course and head back in. Yeah, I was FREAKING OUT to say the least.
I did get some decent sleep, and I woke up on my own a half hour early, which was a good thing. I used all that time to be able to get packed up without rushing. I feel like I can never be early enough to a tri, there is so much to do before the race! There is no sitting in the car listening to music just to kill time because you arrived early just to get a good parking spot like at a big marathon or half!
Cristina overslept, on the other hand, and made it down pretty late, but still on time. We got a few pre-race pictures. A big thanks to Kari M who took many of the pictures I am posting (stolen from f/b).
The Aquaphor Ladies (Cristina, Me, Becky)
Time : 52:50
Time: 3:23:04, 16.4 mph I was pleased with this, although with more time and training, I should be able to improve. Transition was slow, my visor wanted to stick to my hair and not go on my head, and I had a tiny rock stuck to the bottom of my right foot the entire bike that I wanted to wipe off before running.
The run started out great. Once I got out of transition, I felt like a rockstar, and was running really fast! My first mile was under 8. Whoa, SLOW DOWN!!! The first 4 miles or so when really well. I did get a bit worried when one of the water stops only had heed at this point (which I poured most on myself instead of drinking, ugh), and then one had water but no more cups. When I got to a stop that had cups, I just kept it. The 5th mile had some walking, and was my first mile over 9. I actually ended up running the second half of the my first loop with some faster people's second loop, and since running is my thing, I actually was passing a lot of people, which was a big moral booster. I was finally in a situation where I felt competitive and I was finally not all alone! I ran into Cristina as she was passing me on her second. We ran to the next water station which was just a few feet ahead together, and she told me what happened on the swim. I couldn't stay with her for long after the stop and she was off. She was third female even with her horrible swim! I passed Rick before he finished while I was on my first lap, and I could hear them anounce his name over the PA as he finished the race and I was just starting my second loop. I still had to do this all over again! The BEST part was that I saw Ryan and the kids here. They were at the finish area, and got there in time for Cristina to finish, and see me start and end the second loop (and finish).
Here I am so happy they were there to cheer me on!
Run time: 1:57:53- HECK YEAH!!! My run was faster than 2/3 of the people there, women AND men! I was pretty pleased with that to say the least. I think Cristina and Meredith were the only people that I knew well that had faster run times than me. Go ME.
Finish Time 6:18:21
Here are a few final post race shots: Me and Cristina, and Meredith and Me.
here. Robbie finished a little after me. Bill, unfortunately crashed his bike and is going to be out for the next 8 weeks with a broken collarbone. Ouch! He broke his collarbone last year too, but in a different spot.
It will be interesting to see how I fair in my next event, a sprint tri. I know I should be able to kill the run at least, and hopefully do well on the bike. The swim could be a crap-shoot, especially since I doubt I will get to wear a wetsuit or have another shot at an OWS before it. I am not sure if I want to do the "elite" start or not. After this race, I am not feeling very "elite", but my time from last year has me qualified for it. Decisions, decisions. I need to see how I feel over the next few days and hopefully get that figure out.