I got there dark and early as usual and had my transition set up with over an hour to spare. I chose to rack my bike near the swim in/bike out end of transition. I picked this spot because it was right next to Coach Stephanie and the Go WOW Team's racks. I used to run with them years ago, but Coach Stephanie moved to the east bay and it's just too far for me to drive for an hour workout. But she had told me they were going to be there and invited me to breakfast with them afterwards. It was nice to see some familiar faces at the race.
|Ready to go with time to spare.|
|You can see the mud all along the edge of the water near the start flags.|
After my swim at the Mermaid, I was so dizzy and nauseous, and I was also dizzy after the Catfish swim. I had gotten advice to either try earplugs or try kicking my legs more once I got closer to the end of the swim. I didn't have earplugs but I did the kicking and it was so much better. I was actually able to run to and through transition instead of staggering like I did at the Mermaid. However I struggled getting my socks on my wet feet so things didn't go as quickly as I had hoped! T1 time: 2:13
The bike starts up a hill, but since I've been here before I knew what gear I needed to start in. For the past two years this course has been shortened to 8 miles because of road construction. This year we were going to get the full 11 miles so things were slightly different.
|Just starting the bike course - so still smiling!|
Back into T2, happy with my ride and even happier for no flats! I had to yell at people to get out of my way, as they were taking pictures at the entrance to my bike rack. People, if you've already finished the race before us oldsters who start last, please go somewhere outside of transition to take your pictures! I had a little trouble getting my bike on the rack since I was on the end and the person next to me basically racked her bike in my spot, so I had to slide hers over. And I was as far away from run out as you can get, so my time was really slow. T2 time: 2:42
And the run - or the walk/run for me, and quite a few others. This is the part of this course that I like the least. It's mostly on fire trail, so it's packed dirt with a ton of rocks. I always feel like my feet are slipping under me, and I feel like I spend half of my time looking down so I don't trip or twist an ankle on a bigger rock. And there is no shade on this course and it's usually as hot as hell - making this part of the race feel like a death march for me. Luckily this year, mother nature cooperated with us. The clouds and fog stayed with us throughout the entire race and it wasn't hot at all. Again, without a flat tire I wasn't one of the last ones out there on the course. I can't tell you how much of a difference mentally that made for me to see so many other runners out there. And even though I tried to trash my legs on the bike, I actually still felt really good. I ran more than I thought I would, though it was still mostly walking. The miles seemed to tick by pretty quickly and before I knew it, I was done! Run (walk) time: 51:15
|Smiling across the finish!|
And just like that, my second triathlon season is over. I'm a little disappointed that I only signed up for two tri's this year. But with my hip injury lingering longer than I ever anticipated and the uncertainty of some events due to the drought, it was all I was able to train for. And while I didn't see as much improvement in speed/time as I thought I would over last year, I could feel a difference in my races over last year. In almost every race last year, by the time I got to the run I was gassed and just muddled through it. This year, I felt like I pushed it on the bike and still felt good on the run - so I guess there is improvement.
I can't wait to see what the 2015 season has in store. Olympic distance? Aquabike? We'll see!