So, maybe you’re wondering how my impulsive race went… (Or maybe you’re not!) But I’m happy to say that my little gamble worked out! I have to admit I was a little nervous when I arrived at the park and then set up transition, then I looked to the lake and saw the wind picking up and the waves starting to come in. However, I’m happy to report, while the water was choppy, we did not have a repeat of 2 years ago with the 1.5 – 2 ft waves! I was able to work my way thru the swim – although it WASN’T pretty – I know this since the lifeguard even asked if I needed help! But I did manage to relax toward the end, take in the sights of the lake, including some fish swimming below, and finished the swim in about 18 minutes and then it was time to rock and roll!
Next up was T1 and the bike. After the 1,000 ft elevation climb in the first 5 miles (again, not fun, just like 2 years ago…) it was “GO” time for the last 7.5 miles of the bike. I really enjoyed myself on the second part of the ride, cheering fellow bikers on as I went, and I felt great going into T2.
The ran started out strong, but I definitely hit a lull between mile 1 and 1.5 and again after mile marker 2, but the nice thing was I just told myself not to stress since I was doing it for fun. After a little encouragement from a runner at approx the 2.25 mile point I started to kick it and really finished quite strong.
It was so awesome to get out and race, and to feel decent throughout the process since I really jumped in unprepared! I remembered why I love this sport. I’m not particularly strong in any one event, but when I put it all together, I do pretty decent. I finished in 1hr 38 minutes, about 8 minutes less than my time 2 years ago when I had a disastrous race experience – and good enough for 4th in my age group!
I also really enjoyed meeting some awesome people on Saturday. Everyone races for different reasons and I love to hear everyone’s stories. Whether it’s a first timer or a seasoned competitor, there are always stories that can leave you in awe and inspire. I truly do love this sport. I love the dedication, the toughness, the willpower and the commitment it takes to train for and to run in and complete one of these races. It doesn’t matter the distance – spring, olympic, half-iron or full – the trip that each individual takes to arrive at the start line and to complete the course to arrive at the finish are always amazing to me.
Ok, I’m going to stop now – I could continue on for a while about racing and such – but I will leave you with some scenes from Saturday morning and I am going to just go lie on the couch and enjoy my current state of being tired and slightly sore from my race and the subsequent biking and running that I did this weekend!
|Lake George from the park in Hauge, NY… prior to the waves picking up.|
|Transition, all set up, ready to go!|
|Sprint Tri Transition.|
|Result: 1:38 finish time, good enough for 4th in my age group!|
|Zensah Calf Sleeves. My new best friend!|