I have to say that it was kind of strange having a race that didn't start until 6pm. I was more anxious than nervous about the race, but all day my stomach had that queasy, nauseous feeling. It was hard to eat and keep the water down because I just felt weird all day. As the day went on, it got hotter and hotter (91 degrees to be exact) and I was hoping that we would get at least some cloud cover for our race.
Since the race was so close to our house, I decided to just pack all my stuff in my TYR Backpack and ride my bike to the race. Around 4, I got dressed, then headed out. It took me about 20minutes to ride there and I arrived sweaty and hot. I found a good place to rack my bike, set up my transition area, and went to packet pick-up. While I was getting my packet, Kathleen from Dare to Dream came up to me. I was so happy to finally meet her that I gave her a hug. :) We chatted a little bit and then went our separate ways. It was so hot in the transition area that I felt like my skin was burning (it wasn't thanks to gobs of sunscreen)! I actually couldn't wait to get into the water!
With only 15min. till the start, I started to put my wetsuit on. I have the DeSoto two-piece wetsuit, and while the bibjohn went on fine, the top was a nightmare! For some reason I got my arms twisted, so when I went to put it over my head, it was a twisted mess. I took it off and tried again, except this time I was sweating profusely and could not for the life of me get the darn sleeves over my hand! I actually had to ask a volunteer to help pull it up my arm. We did the best we could and I headed to the swim start. As I was walking to the beach, I saw my husband ride up on his bike with the boys in the burley. I was so glad they made it in time! He snapped this pic just before I headed to the start. See how my head looks wet? Yeah, that's from sweat! And see how my sleeves are so far down over my hands? Ugh..I could not get them pulled up (can you foresee a problem with the swim?)
Distance: 880 yds. Time: 19:58 (includes running from the beach to the transition area)
Swim Place: 77/131 (Boo!)
I know my swim time sucked, but honestly, I was so happy with that time. With how much I struggled, I thought it would be a lot slower! I'm still trying to figure out how to not let myself get so freaked out in the swim part. Hopefully my next race will go much better.
T1: Time: 1:35. Ugh! I was breathing so hard from the swim, had a hard time getting my wetsuit off, and was just frazzled, so this time was just blah!
Distance: 12M Time: 35:09 Avg. Speed: 20.5MPH Bike Place: 34/131
T2: Time: 1:05 I have to work on this time too. I waisted time putting on my visor and race belt in transition rather than carrying them out with me and putting them on during the run. You think I would know this by now, but I haven't raced since Oct. and I guess I've forgotten everything!
Distance: 3.1M Time: 21:10 Pace: 7:04/M Run Place: 21/131
I was ecstatic when I saw my run time! I couldn't believe that I ran at an average pace of 7:04! Later, when I checked my Garmin though, it showed the distance as 2.85. What?!? And, Kathleen also mentioned that the run was short as well. Bummer!!! Even if it was short, I am still super excited about the run!
I headed out to find my family and ran into the lady that won. We chatted for a couple of minutes and she was super nice! After getting some food and hanging out for a little while with my family, they announced that some of the results were up already. We were getting ready to leave, but I told him I wanted to check my time first. I headed over and found my name. I scrolled across and I could not believe what I saw! Under division place it said 1/10! What?!? I was so shocked that I actually asked some guy standing next to me if that meant I won my division. I know, I'm such a dork! I literally ran over to my husband and told him I won! Woohoo! He asked if I wanted to stay for the awards. Since I've never won an award in a tri before and probably never will, we of course decided to stay! By this time it was close to 8pm and our boys were getting a little loopy, but they were little troopers and got really excited when they found out I was getting an award! Finally, they started the ceremony, and when they called my name I brought my boys up with me. It was so cute!
Overall Time: 1:18:56
Overall Place: 38/131
Sex. Place: 6/52
Div (30-34)Pl: 1/10
Oh, and check out the swag:
We didn't get a t-shirt, but I think a workout towel, Gu, Stay put hair bands, chap stick, medal, and a reusable shopping bag is pretty awesome for a small event!