One of the best parts about it was that it was small in numbers. The tri I did in 2012 had 1,250 people, and this one only had 130! It made everything a lot less stressful and also a lot better for spectators (my whole family came this time which was really fun!)
Melissa and I just before it started (trying not to look too cold)
One of our favorite poses
This picture shows the whole swim course
(We entered the water on the right, swam around the three orange markers and exited on the left)
Being cold already, I was DREADING getting into the water, but when we got in, it was pleasantly warm! Yay!
Off we go...
Rounding the first corner...
Other than taking in a couple gulps of water after crossing the swim barrier on the way out, the swim went great and I finished much faster than when I had practiced at the Y!
One event, done!
(I took a bit more time and put on some clothes over my tri suit (I'm a little self conscious in it and felt better wearing my usual running clothes)
Unracking my bike...
..and off! (With my kids cheering me on!)
The bike was a pretty nice course (but had some hills, too!) but felt much longer than it was
Rounding the last corner
Smiling for the fans
Event two, Done!
Helmet off, hat on and Go!
Let's see what we have left in the tank..
Oh boy, there's that "jelly leg" feeling I remember...
(The woman in front of me is who I ended up pacing with. She was wearing an Ironman shirt and I figured whatever pace she was doing was good enough). She was awesome and we ran at an 8:29 minute pace! (I would have been happy with 10 minute miles at that point!)
Cute pink finisher's medal...
...and tiara! =)
Happy girl, proud hubby
WE DID IT!!!
Another guns picture =)
Typically race shirts aren't that cool and come in weird colors and are covered all over with sponsors. THIS race shirt is pretty cool! It's a moisture wicking Tank! I love it!
Here are my stats:
Bike 33:12, 32nd place
Run 25:26, 26th place
Total race time was 1:09, 31st place overall and 6th out of 22 in my age category.
Once again, I'm so grateful to God for strength and a healthy body. I didn't train this time nearly as much as I did for my last one, but I did better in each event than I had anticipated! Only with His help...
Thank you to Philip for your support and for getting the kids up early to come watch me...and for all the great photos! =)
We loved this event so much that we are planning to do it annually! Come join us!