Sunday, August 15th: Olympic Tri!
Woke up painfully early. Made the drive to the town, it's over an hour away. Got there early and set up. Weather was overcast/occasionally drizzling. At least it wasn't super hot.
Course was two loops of a 750m triangle. I went WAY off course in my second loop. I was disoriented in the waves and started sighting off of the wrong buoy. I've never swam in waves before...it was actually making me a bit sea sick! A kayaker didn't stop me until I was about a couple hundred meters off course. Yikes. Definitely the last one out of the water. Figure I swam closer to 1750m.
Suit got stuck on heels a bit. Tried to slow down and take my time as my head was still reeling from my horrible swim. Didn't want to forget things.
This course was pretty silly...it was open to traffic and was a busy street! Almost had a close call with a stupid truck and I noticed some other athletes having problems.
The way out was pretty fast going, some rolling hills on the way back. Nothing too major, just enough to keep you shifting constantly. Caught up with a few folks but my swim put me pretty far behind everyone else so my second loop was a bit lonely.
Transition was poorly controlled...people that finished the duathlon and sprint triathlon were just hanging out and blocking the exit. Nice.
My marthon training has paid off, run felt good. I had to stop to walk a couple of times but that's because I had a painful blister, not because I was tired. Not sure why I always get a blister in the same spot in tris...I never get one when I'm just running. And yes my feet are dry when I put on my socks. Hmm.
I also had to pee really, really badly. There wasn't a portapotty on the course which I thought was silly. Also, the aid station just had water. I could have used something a little more but oh well. Seems to me I was told they would have a sports drink.
super happy I finished! Even if my time wasn't that great... I looked at the splits for the other slow swimmers and I definitely would have passed them on the bike and run. There was just too much time to make up. Oh well. I wasn't really there to race against others.
Going to spend the off-season working on my swimming and come back and rock it next year. Monday, August 16th:
Rest day - calves are killing me!