The best part of the race report is that all my team-mates and I had a safe, fun race at the Firethorne Triathlon. The water was a brisk 73 degrees so I got to use the wet suit and had a pretty good swim. I managed to stay on course (didn’t go “out to sea!”) and didn’t get kicked! I finished within seconds of my target time. (I tried a new product called “Foggle” which is an anti-fog wipe for your goggles in an individual foil packet. Worked great!)
The bike leg—Ah, there’s the rub, literally! Legs felt great, lungs felt great, but I couldn’t get the speedometer up where it should have been. Thinking to myself, “Darn, should have checked my brakes!” Sure enough, after the race was over I checked and the rear brake was rubbing. I know better and really should have checked before transition closed. Serves me right as I came in at 4th place in my age group. “Coulda, woulda shoulda had third” except the person pointing the finger at me is ME!
The run portion at Firethorne is perhaps the prettiest I’ve done. The first mile is on the walking/jogging trail around the lake. Shaded, beautifully landscaped, flat…what more could you ask? The second and third mile were concrete, gravel trail, and the finish on concrete. I clocked myself at finishing in 29:40, including a dash to the portajohn! The official timepiece didn’t agree and has me averaging 10:10 a mile. Oh, well. Time for a new watch!
The race food was great—pasta salad, pizza, subway, as well as the usual bananas and bagels. Spark people were looking over my shoulder—I had the salad and sandwich, skipped the pizza. A little lower GI upset made the trip home exciting—“find a bathroom, NOW!” Maybe I over-carb loaded? It can happen!
So, with all my experience, I still made a fairly serious mistake, but overall had a good, fun race. You better believe the brakes will never go unchecked again!