Wednesday, October 12, 2016

North Shore Tri Race Report

Finished my tri season with my "backyard tri."  Only 10 minutes from my house, this race is a perfect one to finish the year with.  The race itself is very well organized and friendly to all levels.  With the addition of the supersprint, it was even more newbie friendly this year.

Morning of, i convinced/weasled Scott to drop me off.  I was concerned about parking but ended up being really easy.  Gilson park was completely empty so those driving themselves had no issue getting there.  (I should have remembered this from 2 years ago but i think Scott drove me that time too).  Anyways, got my bike racked and ready and made my way over to the swim start.  I went to rack my bike and the girl next to me said there wasn't enough room.  I could tell she was new to the sport and created some small talk as it was clear she was nervous.  I told her i wouldn't take up much space and set up my stuff.  Within 10 minutes, 2 more people racked in the same space she was concerned about.  Little interactions like these are a reminder that we all started like she did at one time.  With 4 bags for a sprint and her 3 gels for the bike.  It reminds me how far I have come in the sport and also makes me appreciate that we still race the same course. 

The swim is a point to point and like it was 2 years ago... very cold water.  I heard it was in the 50's and it sure felt like it.  My face was pretty cold within a few hundred yards and I had an ear ache on my breathing side for a good week after the race.  I was convinced I could feel the small drop of cold water that was in there all week.  I made my way through the water, albeit slow, and existed with little feeling in my hands and feet.

Bike is a two loop course and felt good on it.  There is some weaving and b/c of so many newbies. Kept a 16.63 MPH pace and felt good entering T2.

Run was a 1-loop course.  Nice residential streets completely closed and some great views of the Wilmette neighborhoods and Bahai Temple.  One aid station you pass twice.  Got to see a few friends along the course and also found myself next to a dude with white see-through shorts for about a mile.  It was the most memorizing.. "don't look, but i can't stop staring" mile I have ever run.  He kept me pushing and crossed the finish line ~3.5 minutes faster than i did 2 years ago. 

Scott picked me up and then had church a few hours later.  With the half marathon Saturday and this race on a Sunday, after church, I snuggled up with Lucy and took a huge nap.  Great way to end the tri season and no regrets with my decision to keep this season with short distances.  I needed a mental break and because of the shift, was able to throw a few weekends to Scott for long runs.  Next year, will go longer.. till then.. off season. 

1:37:42 - 2016
1:41:07 - 2014

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