|What am i doing here?|
My husband had to work late Friday night so we were not able to get to packet pickup friday night. Luckily, you are able to pick up your packet the same day. Rolled into our hotel around 9:30 and in bed by 10:30 pm. Woke up at 5:30 and headed off to the race with the fam. Got to the race by 6:15 and quickly picked up my race packet and set up transition with no issues. I got into the water for a quick warm up and waited for the race to start. They did the national anthem and then made a deal about it being the 2 month anniversary of Boston. < I appreciated that however I wish they would have mentioned something about the man that died at last year's race. I could understand how that might freak people out but I thought just saying his name or a moment of silence would have been a nice tribute since they mentioned Boston. >
|Green Caps did Half Iron/ Yellow Sprint|
It went.. slowly. As much as i struggle to line up closer to the front, i really need to start b/c being in the back totally psyches me out. Being around people freaking out doesn't work for me. I really need to just be in the front and do what I know how to do. SWIM! The swim was a triangle (for both the sprint and half) and you could basically walk the first 100 meters.
T2: Uneventful, no issues
Run: You start the run going up the high cliff another route and man, my legs felt like bricks. I decided to run/walk... run 3 cones, walk one. considering i was going so slow anyways, i don't think it mattered much and passed 4 people going up the hill. The hill was probably a half mile. Once you get up to the top, you run on the top of the bluff.. the terrain varies from shaded trail to running on rocky trails. It is a nice change up from the road. Passed another few people and knew I had to have a decent pace. Once i hit the downhill, knew i only had a half mile so pushed as much as i could. Passed two more people down the hill and told one of them he better beat me at the finish. Saw the chute and sprinted as fast as i could. He ended up coming in 30 seconds behind me but shared a high five at the finish. Fam was there to greet me and I quickly got some water and post race food (hot turkey sandwiches, cookies and bagels).
Sulked a bit in my head only to realize 24 hours later that I did in fact PR... by 7 minutes. Did a little happy dance and was proud of my accomplishment! I should have figured it out since i was 1:00 min/mile faster on the run and 1 MPH faster on the bike but I must have been too tired to put the dots together. Either way... SCORE for a 7 min PR! I love that this race has been my first tri for 3 seasons as i have been able to really compare my times. It is the same course, same "yard stick" to measure. This turtle is getting a little faster each year and having fun along the way! Here's to a great tri season!