This morning was the Monster Triathlon 2013!
The Mommy Cameron and YaYa fan club woke up at 5:15am to come and cheer us on. We have the best fan club ever!
After a night full of thunderstorms, I was excited to wake up to see no rain and relatively dry roads. However, as we drove to the race and stood in the long line for body marking, it started to drizzle. No fun! Thankfully, at some point while we were waiting inside to start the swim it stopped. Yay!
There were over 700 athletes participating in this mornings triathlon. So it took a while before we were finally able to enter the pool. Let me just say that I was not expecting the water to be that cold. It took my breath away. Not what I was expecting.
My swim started off strong. I passed several people however about 200 to 250 meter into my swim I died. My arms were done. Maybe that 45 minutes of swimming Friday morning wasn’t the best idea. However, I did finish the swim in 6:44 (300 meters). That put me 4th out of the pool for my age division.
My mom had told me a little about the course and what to watch out for. The course was a big square that we did two times. There were a few “Texas” hills that were a little difficult. However, my least favorite part of the ride, was all the turns, especially since the roads were a little slick and wet in spots. I finished the bike in 42:28, 17.0 mph average. I was first, by two minutes on the bike for my age division. However, this was definitely one of my slower rides.
Heading into the run I felt ok. Not great, but not terrible. The cooler temperatures were definitely a positive. I finished the run in 31:34, an average of 10:25 minute mile.
Overall, I finished 2nd in my age division. Honestly better than I had expected considering my lack of training.
My mom and I both had pretty good races.
Things I have taken away from this triathlon.
First, I need to work on my transitions. My T1 time was 1:30 slower than the fastest person in my age divisions. My T2 time was 30 seconds slower than the fastest person in the age division.
The other area I need to work on is my speed during the run. I may gain time on the bike, but I typically lose that and then some in the run. I guess I know what I will be working on during the off season.
How was your weekend?