I have a race report, as promised. Let’s start with taking a look at those goals I posted last week.
1. Faster bike split. Mission accomplished! Still so much room to improve but I’ll get there.
2. Do not kill myself on the run. Mission sorta accomplished! I kept it as comfortable as I could for the first mile and only picked up the pace as I neared the finish. I definitely got a little spurt of speed when I saw two age groupers in front of me. However, I definitely did not kill myself.
3. HAVE FUN and DO NOT complain after the race about my time. Mission accomplished! I got a PR and smiled a lot out there! Holla!
4. Don’t fall off of friend’s boat during post race celebration. Mission accomplished! Everyone stayed on the boat…while it was moving.
|Finally got a pink cap!|
The Swim (1/4 mile): Since I’ve been swimming a ton lately, this 1/4 mile seemed insanely short. I was pretty stoked when I looked at the buoys because I just got really excited by how few there were. I love swimming in a pool. Open water, not as much. However, this was a perfect opportunity for me to work on sighting and I’m quite happy with how it went. I didn’t stop to breaststroke once, which I have been known to do, and in not doing that I definitely had a better swim time.
Time: 6:10 (6th in AG)
|Little J and Me. She came in 2nd in her AG! She’s my hero.|
|Coming out of the swim. I pushed that kid down. Just kidding.|
T1: 3:35. What the hell was I doing in T1? Making sandwiches? Sheesh. Definitely room to improve here.
The Bike (10 miles+/-): My greatest area to improve and I’m happy with how I did. I don’t think I improved a lot over last year but I felt better. I didn’t feel like I was dying and tried my best to keep my cadence up. I got passed here as per usual but not by anyone with a basket on the front of their bike at least. I don’t have any bike photos yet but I’m pretty sure I made awesome faces in most of the professional ones.
Time: 29:56 (30th in AG. Womp womp.)
T2: 2:04. Meh. Apparently these sandwiches were PB & J versus the full on Cubans I was making in T1. Heh.
The Run (5K): The run was going to be iffy for this race. I had decided that morning that I would at least aim for negative splits. This way I was assured to start off with a comfortable-don’t-re-injure-yourself-pace. This plan worked very well and only when I saw two age groupers near the end did I push it a little to get past them. I also felt good on the run. There is certainly something to be said for easing into it.
Time: 26:24 (9th in AG. Hooray!)
|(Far left is me.) I’m about to chick that dude in the orange shoes. Oh and that guy cutting the course.|
Total Time: 1:08:12 (14th in AG)
Final Thoughts: I’m super happy with my two minute PR! I got faster this year and it appears so did all my age group friends. My leg feels tight but not painful and didn’t bother me once during the race. It’s still obvious I need lots of bike time and practice in those transitions. All things considered I’m so happy to be in the game again and can’t wait for Augusta! Bring it.
Yay Bethie, nice job out there sistah!
20 mph… nice improvement tri girl
Nice job! Awesome time!! It was great to see you out there!
Great job! Looks like you are sneaking up on Augusta in a big way! WTG on the bike there girl! And not slow on the run either!
Yum that Cuban was delicious! Way to kill it chica. 🙂
Nice job on your PR!! Congrats!
Hooray for a PR!!! So proud of you Boo, I knew you were going to kick butt.
Also, I know racing makes you hungry, but we really must have a talk about all this sandwich making in transition…
Congrats on the PR and getting back into the game, as it were. Cheers!
Sandwiches, haha. Congrats on the strong race!
Way to stick to your plan, and throw down a PR. Nice job. Part of why I haven't tried a Tri yet is that they typically frown upon sandwich making in the transitions. I think you may have finally broken down that barrier. A true sandwich pioneer.
Congrats on the PR! If you're gonna be making sandwiches in transition, you need to get some training from Jimmy Johns on how to be "freaky fast"!
Gourmet sandwich making AND cracking out a sprint tri …. you the hostess with the mostess 😉 WELL DONE!
Great job out there! I wouldn't worry about T1 – it was a long run out of the water. Congrats on the PR! Oh, and congrats on the new job! We need to catch up sometime soon! I need to give you one of the thank you cards that have been riding in my car for awhile – seems like I don't see anyone anymore.
Awesome Job Beth! Next year you break 1 hour. I am so excited you were happy with your race and especially the bike.
Great job! Was that guy really cutting the course!?!??
Congrats on the PR!
That's an EXCELLENT sprint performance!!!!!!! You go girl!
Way to go!!!! You did great!
Cuban sandwich's may be the only thing I miss about being vegetarian…..love them and certainly love PB&J. Will you come to AZ and sherpa with Karen. You in T1 with Vegan Cubans and her in T2 with PB&J…..thanks.
Congrats on the PR!
Seriously, why are you 10 feet tall? It's just rude.
oh congrats blah blah you're amazing blah.
Nice job PR'ing the course. Imagine if you'd only made snacks during transition… 🙂
umm. i thought you weren't supposed to be racing-racing it? and you get a PR? do we need to have a talk?!
i am glad you enjoyed yourself and the pink cap makes it all worth it. do they assign those by age group? i would have to lie and say i was always in the pink cap group.
Can I get a corned beef on marble rye with spicy mustard?