July 2nd, 2011
1/2 mile swim
12 mile bike
......doesn't sound too bad, right???
WRONG! Big-ass hills on the bike & a 371 vertical climb (wtf!?!) on the run!
So here's how it broke down:
17:26 swim.....yup! Killed it!
56:16 min bike....uggg, horrible!
33:22 min run...ok, if you take into account aforementioned 371 foot vertical climb!
So let me begin at the beginning...Thing 1 had been bugging me to let him do a triathlon since last summer. I scoured the internet looking for something close by & perhaps a little light on the distances and found the Broome County Triathlon...about 90 minutes from where we live & the bike was a bit shorter than most. I thought this a bit odd, but figured fortune had shined on us & registered both us & hubby for the race...Hubby's 1st Olympic distance is in a month so would be a good warmup for him. Yay! We are doing a Triathlon together!
Race day arrives & as we approach the park, a collective silence hits the car, then Thing 1 pipes up "Is THIS part of the course...it's REALLY hilly!", then Hub's says "Yeah, look at those cones...this IS the course (turns to me) you didn't say it was going to be ALL HILLS!" Um....the website didn't say anything about hills....all it said was there was one hill in the run (I should have know then what was in store for me in the run, but I was distracted by the hilly bike course.). ME (in full cheerleader mode now): Oh, I'm sure it's not all this hilly, this is just the first turnaround leg!
We pick up our race packets, set up transition & head over to test the water. Water temp is 76F...wetsuits will be allowed. We are not wearing wetsuits & the water actually feels pretty good...phew! I am frantically giving Thing 1 last minute swim advice....helpful stuff like "don't drown" & "hang on to a kayak if you need to"....to which I get the typical teenager reply "That's lame, Mum, I'll be fine". Well, guess what? He was! I was so proud of him....finished his swim in 18:56 & we saw each other in transition! As for me, I killed the swim! 17:26 for 1/2 mile (800 meter) swim! I bring this up because I realize that being good at the swim means nothing in Triathlon.
|I like this picture because look at all those swimmers behind me! I am in 68th position coming out of the water. (and no, my shoulders are NOT that muscular...but what a great camera angle!) ;-D|
Hitting transition for the 2nd time, Thing 1 and I arrive together & are out of there without any delay...we are both 41 seconds in T2. I hit the run....surprisingly, my legs don't feel horrible. I look & I am thinking that it looks like a nice shady bike path type course...I can do this. Those BRICK workouts & short-fast steps that Triathlon Tom recommended really helped shake off the bike!
|Nice serene run in the park...legs feeling not so bad...things are looking up!|
|Whitney Point Dam|
Not great but given the technical difficulty, I'll take it as a success.
Another success: Thing 1 wins his 14-16 year old age category...& was actually 2nd in the 19 & under group! His finish time: 1:45:38! He told me that all through the bike, people were asking him how old he was as they passed him & telling him that he was doing awesome on his old hybrid mountain bike. I am so proud of him! He says he wants to do another now...I may have to give him my racing bike!
|Me & my boy!|
But I did it & I finished it & I was NOT LAST! :-).......now back to running...