Distance: Sprint (325yd s, 11.5mi b, 3.25mi r)
When I found out I was heading home for not one, but two family reunions this summer, on back-to-back weekends, I thought it would be fun if I could add in a race to the trip. And so I signed up. This race report is almost two months late at this point, funny how time slips by...
One of the big reasons I signed up for this race was so that some out of town family members would get to see me race. That being said, I didn't quite realize that the swim start, T1 and T2 were all in different locations- not the most spectator-friendly race ever. Choosing to situate themselves in T2, my parents and aunts were able to see me twice, going in/out of T2 and then coming back in for the finish. There's something special about racing when you know you'll have some friendly faces in the crowd, and I was glad to have them there :)
The swim is in a small lake so it was short. Crazy short. I'm sure all of the first-timers appreciated it, but it seemed like they could've tried to cover a little more
And is a really big beef from this race: timing. Since when do we not separate out transition times from the other disciplines??? I didn't pay too much attention to the placement of the timing mats during the race so I have no idea where the breakdowns were; all that is listed in the results is swim, bike, run and overall times. #wtf
The bike course is a mix of pine bush preserves and sectioned off major roads, with some gentle rollers along the way. I did what I could to push here, but 60miles in the Adirondacks & central NY in the week leading up to the race left me with legs that only had so much to give :-P What can I say, I couldn't help but take advantage of my surroundings!
The run is an out and back, with a little lollipop in the middle. There's a sizable hill at the beginning/end of the course so you know what to expect when you head down it out of T2. While I didn't have that much left on the bike, I was feeling good on the run and kept passing people (none of whom were in my age group), so I couldn't help but wonder if I had a chance to place. I was able to power up the hill and finish strong in 1:13:10. Or so they say. Based on what I saw on the clock and my wave, I thought it should've been 1:10??
|top of the hill, in the home stretch|
While I like racing by perceived effort and not having to worry about hitting the start/lap/stop button, this experience has made me realize that I still want those numbers!!! I can't help but want to compare past performances and want to improve.
I did have a good race though, and my parents and aunts cheered me on to a 4th place AG finish (79th overall). Which I was unhappy about until I was on my way back to Boston and realized that I left the blueberries I picked for jam-making in my parents fridge. That quickly became the tragedy, and I realized that no matter what place I finished, I was satisfied with my performance ;)