So, this past Saturday, I had the opportunity to FINALLY race a triathlon after nearly two YEARS! Yikes…how did it get to be that long?? Babies… Thankfully, I’ve been doing a lot of running and biking races since then, so I wasn’t out of “race mentality” at least! Anyway, this race was called a super sprint, so far from what I usually do, BUT it was where I work, so it was super convenient. AND, I’m not in long course shape due to our move anyway, so it was a good race for me at the time. Also, it was only 20 bucks, so I didn’t have much to lose.
The race started at 9am, which is a luxury. What race starts that late these days? I could have gotten a long run in BEFORE the race, but I decided not to Instead I “slept in” till 6, got up and got ready, then took care of baby girl when she woke, hung out at home, then meandered down to the race around 8:15. I checked in, which took all of 1 minute because this was the smallest race EVER. It was put on by the boyscouts, but it was open to the public, so I figured there would be more people. Nope, it was me, the boyscouts, and some of the boyscouts dads. That’s it. Oh, and one random mom and her daughter. 3 females total. I was put into my race division which was 20+. Really? Yea, there were only like 8 of us that were over 20. Then, I went to put my bike in transition. Tiniest transition ever. I was almost embarrassed to have all my racing gear, but hey, this was a good brick workout for me. I was treating it like that.
I got all ready to go, and then we had the pre-race meeting. Unfortunately the race director was a bit inexperienced, and…..things just didn’t go right. He had to make several last minute changes to the course and the marking of the course. Then the timing system didn’t work for him, so we started the race like 15 min late. Yea…not ideal. My husband offered to help next year. 😉
So, we got in to the pool and they started us off. Funny thing though, they started my time before I even got into the pool. Not the best… Oh well. It was a quick 200yd swim, so I was in and out and off to transition! Due to construction, we had to run around the building to the transition site. I opted to wear my flip flops so as not to destroy my feet on the millions of rocks in the parking lot.
I got to transition and quickly grabbed my bike and headed out. There was one guy in front of me and that was because he started the swim before I did. I was determined to catch him though! The course was 3 laps around a 2 mile course (yea, SHORT!). It was a super hilly course too, so I got in a good workout!
The guy in front of me was a pretty fast biker, so I had to work to get close to him! I would almost catch him on the up hill, but then he’d go down the hills so much faster than I cuz he had like 100lbs on me. Being tiny stinks sometimes. So, we got to the end of the bike, and he was just a few bike lengths in front of me. He rode into transition (yea, I guess he felt like he didn’t need to dismount outside like the rest of us…). I ran my bike in right after him, grabbed my run gear, and headed out about 15 seconds after him.
Before we left the parking lot, I’d passed him. See ya! Pays to have the run be your best leg. The run was just a 2 mile loop (same route as the bike), so I knew I had that huge hill to go up toward the end. I tried to push it as hard as I could on the down hill so I could make up some ground for when I inevitably would slow on the uphill section. It was starting to get hot, but I knew I didn’t have long to run, so I gave it all I had! I came in to the finish in first, several minutes ahead of the guy behind me. Since we all started at separate times though, I didn’t know for sure that I had won until the race was over. Sooo we waited around until everyone finished.
I asked the race director what my time was, and guess what? He didn’t know…..apparently his timing system messed up and read several people’s times wrong. Soooo he had to rely on people who’d timed themselves to figure out who the winners were in each age group and overall. Good thing there were only like 30 athletes!!! Poor guy….I felt bad for him.
Anyway, he was sure that I was the overall winner, so I got my little medal, thanked him, and we headed home. It was a fun workout, and given the convenience, I think I will do it again next year anyway. BUT, my husband is probably going to volunteer, cuz he couldn’t handle how unorganized it was.
So, that was my post-baby triathlon debut! I’m toying with the idea of doing one in September but we’ll see……this new job is going to take a lot of my time, and I don’t want to enter a race unless I know I can compete. I’m doing a half marathon in October though, so that might satisfy my desire to race for a while.
Have you done any races this summer?
Tell me about it!