Swim (500 yards): 12:32 (Pace - 2:33/ 100yd)
Bike (15.5 miles): 52:13 (Pace - 17.8 mph)
Run (3.1 miles): Time - 27:13 (Pace - 8:47/mile)
What a great race! My boyfriend actually drove me to the venue and stayed to cheer me on. Unfortunately my son was at a camping trip, otherwise he probably would have come too.
My nerves got the best of me the night before and I didn't sleep much, so I was a little groggy when I rolled out of bed at 5:30 am to eat a hearty breakfast with enough time to digest. My pre workout meal is always a 1/2 cup of oatmeal mixed with two scrambled eggs and generously salted because I have low sodium levels causing some electrolyte imbalances when I do a lot of endurance. This breakfast seems to do the trick with a balance of carbs and protein.
Made it to the race by 6:45 am to set up my transition area, pick up my timing chip, and get drawn all over. They marked my arms and hands with my bib number and put my age and wave on the backs of my calves. Then we stood around and waited until the pre race safety announcements at 7:45 am. I swam around in the water which happened to by warmer than the air that morning. Then at 8 am the first wave took off in the water. I was wave 6 six and the waves were every 3 minutes, so I had 15 minutes to stand and freeze.
The swim: at 8:15 am I ran into the water. I started in the back and hung back for a bit before diving in, then stayed to the outer most edge to avoid the people. I managed to only get my foot touched one time. With so much on my mind and the bike and run ahead of me, the swim was over before I knew it. I didn't panic or breathe in half the lake. I managed to swim the crawl and not worry about others running me over. At 8:27 it was over and I was running to the bike transition area.
The bike: after wriggling in my Vibram five fingers shoes and jogging my bike to the start line, I was off on the course at 8:30 am. I borrowed the bike from a coworker, which was incredibly nice and I am extremely grateful. It had cages on the pedals which I had a hard time getting my feet into, but finally managed. She is a little shorter than me so I had to be mindful around corners so I didn't scrape the pedals. It was so much faster than my mountain bike! I averaged about 17-18 mph, but was up to 26 mph at one point on a downhill. I think the bike was actually the most important; with it being the longest distance and the greatest speed, you could easily make up time lost in the swim or the run. Biking is not my strong suit, but I think I managed OK. The waves were set out by age, so older women blew past me and all I could think was that I could only hope to be in that great of shape at that age. I passed women in my wave and earlier waves, so I was feeling pretty good.
The run: with legs that felt like jelly, I waddled onto the running course at 9:24 am. Running is my strong suit. Not that I am especially good at it, but I have been running for years. I have done many 5 and 10Ks, a half dozen half marathons, and three marathons. I ran past people running and walking and was only passed by maybe two other runners. I skipped the water stops since I don't generally need water in such a short distance. I didn't feel like I was going that fast, but when I saw the finish line, I booked it. I felt great and ran full out! I managed to run a sub 9 min pace and finished in probably the best 5K time I have had since I was 25.
I ran across the finish line at 9:51 am feeling like I could do it all again! I was starving though since I didn't break to eat or drink at all. This had to be the best post race food I had ever seen. There were wraps of meat, cheeses and veggies, but they were too heavy for me at that time, so I went for the buffet of different types of trail mix and nuts. I scarfed down a cup of soy nut mix and some m&ms. Then went in search of the coffee.
Overall it was a fantastic race and I am happy with my time. I would love to do another, but with my current bike situation, I want to wait until I can afford a decent bike to train and race with. For now, I will stick with running. I want to do this race again next year and beat this year's time!