Last race of the season and my first win!

My first ever win at the Waterman's Sprint!

My first ever win at the Waterman’s Sprint!

On Sunday I raced my 9th and final triathlon of the season! I hadn’t done sprint all year and thought it would be a fun way to end the season! Although I was training,  I waited until the week before the race to sign up because I was monitoring the weather. When I registered on Wednesday, the forecast for Sunday was perfect! It changed by the next day, and it looked like it was going to be a rainy race!

I woke up at 6:30, but waited until right before I left to have my pre-race breakfast of apple sauce and protein powder! If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it! When I stepped outside it was raining pretty hard, I kept telling myself that it would stop and that I was traveling about 55 miles away, hopefully the weather would be different in Indian Head.

I arrived nice and early and had more than enough time to set up my transition area, and chat with others racked near me.  I wrapped my biking and running shoes in trash bags, put on my wetsuit and headed down to the water. It was raining,  I was SO cold that my lips were purple. I went to the ladies room and warmed my hands up under the hand drier for about 10 minutes.

The rain stopped about 5 minutes before the race started. As the race director was describing the course, one of the turn buoys got unhooked and was blowing away! I was in the second wave, at 10:04, and jumped in the water right after the first wave went off.The race director announced in the morning that the water was 68 degrees, but it felt SO much colder than that! Right before the swim, I was treading water talking to my friend Jenna, and she said “you are going to win this race.” I said “nahh, I’ve never won a race before.”

The gun went off, and before I knew it I was at the first buoy. The swim was pretty awful! It was choppy, cold and there was a pretty decent current. It went by so quickly because I am used to racing 1500 meters. My swim time was one of the worst, but considering the conditions, I am fine with it! My swim times have been inconsistent this season, and my faster times have been when I am not wearing a wetsuit… strange! I thought they were supposed to make you faster!

Swim time: 15:06

The run to the transition area was longer than most races. I quickly threw on my shoes and helmet, and I was off! I passed a few women at the beginning of the bike. It was 16 miles, and I worked hard and pushed it the entire time.  There were some hills, but for every hill you climb, you have to come back down! I had to be more cautious on the down hills  because there was a lot of debris on the roads from the 5 days worth of nasty weather.  One of my biggest fears in this sport is falling on the bike and breaking a bone or getting a concussion. As I was biking into transition there was another girl right next to me.  As we came into the transition area it was announced that we were the 2nd and 3rd females.

Bike time: 49:28 (19.4 mph) I’m happy.. it was a hilly course! 🙂

She ended up beating me out of transition! Within the first 1/2 mile I caught that girl! I was really happy! I felt awesome on the run! All of my brick workouts have made me stronger runner this season. About a half mile later I caught the next girl.  I was screaming with excitement on the inside! Although I was in the lead, there were other swim waves that started after mine, so it was a race against the clock. I have been beaten out before by women in later swim waves.

I felt really smooth and strong on the run. It was 2 loops and there was an evil hill I had to run up twice. Before the race I thought it would be pretty awesome if I could break 20 mins. I kept my focus and was passing men, some who cheered me on, and others were probably pissed they were getting chicked. I love passing men on the bike and run, some will try to speed up and catch me, and then I will really turn it up and notch and drop them. Not always, but its pretty sweet when I do!

The run went by SO quickly, because I am so used to the 10k distance.  I had to run over a wooden bridge at the end, and it was really slippery so I had to be carefully. I wasn’t completely dead at the end, which means I probably could have gone even faster, but ohhh well! I was the first female to cross the finish line! I knew I would have to be patient and wait for the results to be posted, because there were women in other swim waves.

Run time: 21:03

Overall time: 1:29:44

I made some friends near the picnic area because we finished the race around the same time. They were serving BBQ ribs and pulled pork sandwiches, which really grossed me out after a race! Setup events had a tv screen with the results scrolling. I anxiously waited, and saw that I actually won the race!!! It was my first win!!!!! I was beyond excited to end my season on such a positive note! I called Marc and my parents right away to tell them the good news!

THANK YOU District Hardware- The Bike Shop for your continuous support this season!! I am so thankful for your sponsorship, its been so much fun riding on my Quintana Roo bike, and racing with my Lazer helmet!

I’m now taking a 2 week break from training, and will probably go crazy in another few days! Since I have more time on my hands, look out for another post soon summarizing my season. I am going to spend the next 2 weeks relaxing, meeting up with as many friends as possible and filling my calendar with fun activities! If you know me well, I can’t sit still!  I will also enjoy a glass or two of wine, knowing that I don’t have to train the next day with a headache!

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