This weekend was the Wahine all women's triathlon and Saturday and Co-ed Event on Sunday. Last year the Wahine one was my very first triathlon. This year I signed up for the Co-ed event as less women do this event and I'd have a better chance of podium.
Friday morning I awoke to the news that a lake in the area was closed due to Ecoli. It was not the lake that we are to swim in. It's actually across the river in Washington State. Later that evening I get a text from my girl friend who is signed up for the race too. "Are you watching the news? They are about to announce that a local lake is closed. What if it's Blue Lake?" that lake we swim in. I assure her it's OK and they are talking about the other lake. A little later another text from her "NO IT'S BLUE LAKE! Now What?" There was an apparent Algae bloom in the lake and it could be toxic. I guess a down side of the nice weather we've been having.
And so began a flurry of messages and face book post and e-mails. The swim part will be canceled!
I have been working so hard to get ready for the swim part that I was so truly bummed out about this. After a bit of a hissy fit, I calmed down and realized that I'd rather find out before the race rather than after the race.
Saturday we spent the day at the women's race trying to figure out what the plan was going to be. I wont go into all of that but I didn't like how saturdays race was set up however, they did the best they could. Sunday with a little more time to get feed back and information from other races they came up with a better plan.
For Sundays race. Every one would do a 1.03 mile run, transition into the bike area do the bike and second run as you had signed up for. So that meant for me a 1 mile run, and 12 mile bike ride, followed by a 5k run. I can do this.
I took the first mile nice and easy. Got jammed up with some people running down the a small pathway. Was able to go around them and do my thing again. Ran the whole mile with out stopping.
Got to the transition. Had a Electrolyte jell pack. Changed to bike shoes, and off I went. I had plan to leave it all on the bike course. I was hoping to do the bike in under 40 min. I had water in my bottle and had gotten some shot blocks. (realizing recently that the different flavors mean different things) I got a 'margarita' one that has 3x the sodium in it. 150mg today was a hot day and with out the swim, I was going to need the extra sodium. I took some at the turn around on the bike course. (may have been a little to late)
On the way out of the bike I'm cruising along down in my aero bars. Riding in the middle of the lane ( road is closed for this event). I am passing and passing people in a steady stream. I get to the turn around and am still passing people. One mile after the turn around I pass my friend and then I have the road to my self for the rest of the ride.
I did have some calf cramping towards the end (I think I should have had the margarita shot block a little sooner than I did).
Bike transition went OK... except the guy next to me racked his bike wrong, and as I put my bike up his fell over. I was nice and tried to re rack it for him. UGH.. idiot! I left on the run feeling good. I had another electrolyte gel.
My calfs where hurting a bit so I walked them out and stretched them some. Then kept running. I used the run walk method for this race. It was getting hot, and I should have dumped water on me at the bike transition. I did at the turn around mile 1.5. That helped some. Then again at the next water station, mile 2.5
All those people I passed on the bike passed me on the run. I knew they would. I was OK with that.
I've been having all that problems with my foot... WHAT FOOT? REALLY NO PAIN! I wasn't able to run like I normally would do to a lack of running for the past month.
Oh at the beginning we got aproched by some people from team in training. They talked with my husband about donations. Well long story short he donated in honor and memory of his brother. With that donation I got a yellow wristband to wear for the race.(think fair/concert) disposable band. They wrote a message on there for me.
When I came up to the finish line there was a group of them cheering me on. Due to the yellow wrist band, and ran with me some of the way! It was SO COOL!!! Another guy was raising his hands up telling me to raise my hand in victory! So I did as I came across the finish line.
With the different formula I had wanted to do the race in under 1:30. My official time was 1:29:02!
My 1 mile run was a sub 10 min!
My bike I had wanted to do in 40 min. I did it in 40:41!! I'm counting that as a
My run was 34:02. 3 min slower than June's time. However I had a few different issues. I'm happy with the run regardless.
I finished 2rd in my division. 7 min behind the 1st place. and 6 min ahead of 3rd place finisher!
Now because of this I feel the swim was interrupted and I now am looking at doing another race in September. It will be in St Johns (pdx area), and I will be doing the Olympic this time! Twice as far as I've done before.