Old College Tri 2013

Written by Mommy Cameron | Getting Fit

This morning the family and I woke up at 4:30am to head to my 4th triathlon.  The Old College Tri consisted of a 250 yard pool swim, 12 mile ride and 3 mile run.  My mom was doing this tri too!

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Swim Time:  4:51
I felt pretty good about my swim today.  The only downside was getting caught behind a couple of 13-year-old kids who thought they swam fast.  I ended up treading water for a bit before I could get around them.  Despite that everything went pretty well.

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I’m the silver cap in the front of the picture.  My mom is the white cap in the next lane back.

Bike Time:  38:11 (18.9 mph avg.)
My bike was awesome.  The ride was along a country road with a nice wide shoulder.  It was beautiful to watch the sunrise over several different farms as we road.  There were several small hills, but nothing that kicked my booty too much.  I will have to get better at riding hills once we move to Georgia.

The only downside is that I tied my shorts really tight for the swim.  I didn’t want them falling down when I pushed off like they have done in the past. However, I could not get them untied and it was a little painful on my stomach.

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Run: 31:27 (avg. 10:29 per mile)
I had really high hopes for my run.  I have had some great training runs over the last few weeks.  However, I just didn’t have it today.  The entire run my legs felt like they just got off the bike.  They never worked that feeling out.  They just felt weird.  So my run was considerably slower than I had hoped.  My run is also the reason I ended up in second place in my category.  The other chick ran faster than me.  Guess I know what I need to work on. 🙂

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Total Time: 1:18:11
2nd Place Athena 39 and Under
I would have placed 6th in the Age Group 30-34.

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A few things I took away…
First, I need to work on my run.  That is my weakest point by long shot.  I’m better than average in both my swim and bike, but my run is just slow.  I can improve in all of them, but I will make the biggest gains by far in the run.

Secondly, I need to work on my transitions.  They were faster than my last tri, but still can be improved.  I need to remember to run through my transition process in my mind before the race.

Lastly, I need to get better about getting on and off my bike.  It take me forever to get clipped in and I am always afraid I am going to bust when I am getting off.  Thankfully in races there aren’t a bunch of starts and stops.

 

Next Race is Monster Triathlon on October 27, 2013.  It will be a 300 meter swim, 12 mile ride, and 3.1 mile run.

 

Thanks to my amazing hubby for the great pictures.