First triathlon of the season!
1st in my AG and 4th Overall! I guess the 2nd place girl went home!
It has been a great season so far! I have managed to compete in 4 triathlons, and have my 5th one on Saturday. I have been awful at keeping up with this blog, but now that I am on summer break from teaching, I have more time and tons to say! Here is the first update, ENJOY!
I started my season with the Monticelloman International Triathlon on May 5th. It was a great race to start the season.
Marc and I drove down to Charlottesville, and of course there was traffic! We had a great ride and it became more scenic the closer we got to the race site. I picked up my packet, dipped my toes in the 65 degree water, and walked around the grounds to get an idea of the setup.
We stayed at a Budget Inn in a great location. We couldn’t figure out why it was so cheap, until we heard a loud noise. We looked outside and there was a CSX training right next to the hotel!! We had a good laugh!
I set my clothes out, filled up my bottles, passed out and got about 9 hours of sleep. As I was falling asleep I thought about the different transitions and how I would be feeling during the race.
I woke up at about 6:00, and went to the refrigerator to find out the water bottle that I am supposed to drink in the morning with poweraide is frozen SOLID, as well as my apple sauce! I had a moment of panic, but Marc suggested putting it in the sink and turning the water on as hot as possible. This worked! 🙂
I got to the race site, and thought my number was 148. I set up all my stuff in the transition area. I went to put the race number on my bike, and saw that I was actually 448. No problem, just moved all of my things to a new rack. 🙂
I stood on the beach and had some nice pre-race conversations with some very nice strangers! I dunked in the water quickly before the race. The air temperature was about 48 degrees and the water was 65. It was a beach start, and when the director gave us a two minute warning my heart started racing. I was definitely nervous!
I ran right into the water, and started out nice and easy. I had to settle my nerves and remind myself to not start out too fast. I reminded myself how hard and I trained, that I didn’t miss any training sessions, and wake up anywhere from 4:15-5:15 most days of the week to workout. Before I knew it, I was already going around the first big yellow buoy. There was maybe one other buoy to site until the next big yellow one. I stayed calm, and reminded myself about my positioning and form. After going around the second buoy, there were no others, I just had to get back to the beach. In the last third of the race, I picked it up and was able to pass people in my age group, as well as some men from earlier waves.
SWIM TIME: 29:35 (Pretty crappy time)
As I was running up the beach and into the transition area, I couldn’t even feel my feet! I had a good transition and was off on my bike. It was only my fourth ride outside since October, and I have a new awesome bike and a sweet Lazer Helmet! (thanks to District Hardware and the Bike Shop.
T1 TIME: 2:22
My goal for the rest of the race was to not let a single woman pass me on the bike and the run!
I felt awesome on the bike, there were many rolling hills, but I felt prepared! I even hit 38 mph on a downhill. I passed a bunch of men in earlier age groups, this is probably one of my favorite things to do, because I can tell so many men get pissed! They got chicked! My odometer was on the wrong mode, and I didn’t want to mess with it and crash, so I just estimated how much I had left based on the time. I drank a few sips every 10 minutes, and halfway through had a double shot gel!
Before I knew it, I was turning back onto Lake Monticello, and knew I had only 3 miles left. I passed a few more men! I had to dismount at the beginning of the transition area, and run the entire length of the transition area to get in. I thought I was going to fall, I should have taken my bike shoes off!
Bike Time: 1:10:32 (hilly course)
I transitioned as fast as I could, however my fingers were not working and I felt like a 3 year old trying to tie my shoes. I have lock laces, but was superstitious about switching them out a few days before the race. I will DEFINITELY use them next time!
I reminded myself to start slow on the run, and I couldn’t feel my feet until about 2 miles in. I caught up to some more men, and kept going. I really wanted to get negative splits for the run. The hills were rolling, but by doing the Leland route this with the Super Athletes this winter, I was prepared!
I kept singing the Pitbull song ” Tu Cuerpo,” because I love biking hard intervals to it, and it pumps me up! At about mile 4 I caught a girl! I turned on the gas, and pushed it as hard as I could for the last 2.2 miles. I was getting comments the whole run on my yellow sunglasses! They are my good luck charm!
I sprinted as fast I could through the finish line! I DID IT!! I did the 10k portion in 42:46 (6:57 pace), which is better than 10k road races I ran last season!
RUN: 42:46 (6:57 pace)
OVERALL TIME: 2:27:21 (1ST IN AG AND 4TH OVERALL FEMALE)
I finished my 3rd Olympic triathlon and 8th triathlon and felt AMAZING! I am excited for what the season has to bring!!
A HUGE shout out and thanks to Marc Lizmi, for being such a supportive fiance and battling out traffic both there and back! Another HUGE shout out to District Hardware and the Bike Shop
, I couldn’t have done it without you guys! I love my Quintana Roo bike and Lazer helmet! Lastly, HUGE shout out to the Super Athletes (Sandra, Alberto, Annette and Guillermo), you guys continue to motivate and inspire me daily, and I couldn’t as for a better group of people to train with!!