Today was a great day for racing. This event was held for my local triathlon club. It was an open course and it was great to see my friends. Being that it's in the middle of race season, it was a good practice race for me. Unfortunately my first official race this year will be my hardest, Ironman Santa Rosa, my first attempt at the Ironman distance. I treated this event like a race and wanted to see if my training is evident.
It was still misting as we approached the Carpentaria State Beach. However we were greeted with sights of dolphins surfacing. I felt like I was back in Hawaii again, how beautiful. Ocean swimming makes me anxious (there's a reason why all my races are in a harbor or a lake). However I ended up catching my breath and finishing the swim along with other swimmers. I was so excited to not be a whole hour behind everyone!
Open Water Swim 691 yards Pace = 1:43/100 yards Total Time = 11:55
The wetsuit ended up coming off very smoothly (thanks to my friend, Grant Hutchinson, letting me use his Body glide last minute) and I was onto the bike.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bike course, it's beautiful and has some fun down hills. I knew I had some catching up to do if I wanted to make up some time from my swim. Still recovering from my recent marathon PR, my legs took about 3 miles to open up. They seemed extremely tight and my breathing was very labored. After a few miles of turns, hills, and vineyards I arrived back around to town and into T2.
8.9 Miles Total elevation gain= 380 Ft Average Speed= 18.0 Max Speed= 38.2 Mph
T2 is usually my fastest, out of bike into the run . The slowest part is usually getting the bike shoes out of the first ratchet strap However, I'm not too worried for the longer distance races. I'd rather take 30 seconds more and make sure I have all my gear rather than rushing through. I placed my Boston Marathon visor on my head and yelled "3 out" as I bounced off the grass onto the paved road, off to the run!
I wore my Asic's Ds Trainers for this run, aka my racing flats. However I instantly found a tightness in my ankle that made me nervous. My calves are the tightest and most sore from my marathon . I was nervous I was going to pop something ( a ligament or a tendon if I ran too hard). I slowed my effort down and ran based on feel.
Mile 1 = 7:36
Mile 2= 7:38
Mile 3= 7:20
Mileage: 3.26 Average Pace: 7:29 Elevation Gain: 82 ft total time: 24:25
As I ran my ankle kept feeling worse and worse. However, I knew the faster I ran, the faster I could finish. I rounded the last corner and could see everyone waiting. I crossed and fell into the grass trying to catch my breath. I was done.
I finished the day by finding my running buddy and running her in. I'm always the loudest at every club event but I love being the cheerleader.
It was a great trial run and I loved the extra practice. Most of all I loved seeing my club's members. It was a great time to be with everyone and I love supporting everyone's triathlon love.
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