Cortland Tri for the United Way Race Report
800 yard swim/14.8mile bike/5K run
What a Fabulous race! I had SO much fun AND I rocked it!!!!! All of it!
This is my 4th triathlon & usually I come out of the swim feeling pretty good but then it all turns to crap after this when all I hear for the entire bike leg is 'to your left' and end up at the back of the pack. It was sad & I always felt demoralized.
Saturday it was a whole different ballgame....
|with HID...he rocked it too @ 1:21:40|
The bike leg was reasonably flat. Some rolling hills but no major elevation changes. The wind, on the other hand, was pretty fierce going out the first 6 miles or so. I had strapped my Garmin to my bike so I knew I wasn't hitting all my splits, but I hoped that the wind would be in my favour on the back half of the ride. It was and I had some great mile splits on the back half of the course! The great part of the bike was that I not only held my own, but I was only passed by, I think, 4 riders and I passed about that many myself! I actually finished this leg 109/159 riders...which I am THRILLED about! My goal was to crank at 15mph pace and I ended up 16.4mph....yay me! What completely different bike experience! Who knew the bike could not suck?!?
Once again though, I didn't know what my cumulative time was, so I was not sure how I was doing at this point.
Being a clipless pedal scaredy-cat, I was already in my running shoes, so my T2 consisted of throwing my bike in the rack and dumping my helmet. 27 seconds. Enough said.
The run, I was SO happy to find out, was on the park trail (yes trail...OMG...Per-fect!). It was 2 loops, with a just one, not too bad hill at the beginning of each loop. I couldn't get my watch switched to run mode, so I just let it run in bike mode for the run. I have to say, I had a girl in pink that I had been trying to catch since she left transition onto the bike just ahead of me. I couldn't catch her on the bike and she was about 25 seconds ahead of me, but since my T2 rocked, she was maybe 20 yards ahead of me coming out onto the run course. I kept at a steady pace and slowly came up on her. As we neared the finish, I sprinted and caught her, but I went too early and she caught me at the end. I felt bummed until I saw the '22' on her calf....bwahahahahaha...girl, you almost got beat by an old lady twice your age ;-D
|Pink chick getting me, me laughing at her '22'|
|Collecting my AG award!|
3/11 in my age group
I am doing this again :)