Sunday, May 9, 2010
Oil Free Gulf Coast Triathlon
Gulf Coast...well, I'm not sure how to put the distance since I got RAILED on slowtwitch.com for calling it a 70.3. SO I guess I will say it is a 1.2 mile swim, 56mile bike, and a 13.1 mile bike. :) I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet.
The swim was rough. Really rough. It was hard to keep an eye on the buoys and stay on course. Thankfully I have been spending some quality time in the gulf, so I felt pretty strong. But it was still challenging. The two waves before my wave where HUGE - so I got beat up pretty bad half way through. I love getting kicked in the eye, specially while wearing Swedish goggles. I finally hit the beach, and fell. I literally fell on my knees. I'm not sure who has done a rough open water swim, but at least when I get out I feel like I have a pretty good martini buzz going on. No biggie, just hoped up and kept on going. Swim time: 37ish. Not my best, but I'll take it.
The bike is pretty close to the IMFL bike course. You go out on Front Beach, up 79 highway, out on 388 and back. The wind was pretty random and blew me around Front Beach going out pretty bad. But once I made the turn north I was feeling good. I was by myself for most of the bike (which I guess is a good thing). But these roads are what I train on - so mentally I just thought of the race as another training ride. And we totally lucked out with the weather. For most of the race it was overcast...love it. Back onto Front Beach I had a shit eating grin on my face because my legs felt so good. Time 2:50ish, ave 19mph-ish (sorry I don't have the actual break downs yet of the times)
Hopped off of the bike feeling awesome. Grabbed my hammer gels and took off. Nothing too exciting going on in the run. Actually, nothing really exciting happened the whole race which is a good thing! Just one foot in front of the other. By the time I hit the dreaded state park loop (for those of you who have done this race or IMFL you know what I'm talking about) I started wearing down. I wanted to keep under a 9min pace, but my body just laughed at me. But guess who came out of no where right when I got out of the park? MY COACH! It was so awesome to see him out there!! So the last five miles he would randomly ride by me to keep me going. Total run time: 2:09ish.
Finishing the race was great. I LOVE LOVE LOVE local races. Just knowing people when you cross the finish line is so awesome. I've done so many races where you cross the line, hand over your chip, get your medal and just walk along. But this race I knew everyone working the finish line. I just get chill bumps thinking about the smiles and hugs from everyone when I crossed that line.
Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that I cut 30 minutes from my last PR! 5:42! 9th in the 30-34 age group! (Ok, I still can't stand to write 30 on my leg. I have until October!)
Congrats to everyone who raced and a huge shout out to the amazing volunteers we had out there.
Also, happy mother's day to all of the mom's out there! I love you mom!
Posted by Chloe