So I guess I am officially an official triathlete now ;) I kind of felt like a faux triathlete after doing the Cedarburg one (was that really just a month ago?) only because the swim was in the pool and that’s just so much calmer/easier/less stressful.
Backing up to the morning of the race, I woke up early but not as early as I had to for Cedarburg so that was nice. I ate my banana, english muffin and gatorade and finished packing my stuff up and hit the road around 6:15 ish. It’s about 40-45 minute drive from my house to Random Lake and the whole time, I just kept driving into thicker and thicker fog. Now normally this would make me so depressed at the thought of a race being canceled but well… this time I was kind of hoping they would call it off! I was absolutely, 100% terrified of the swim portion.
Fog, why did you let me down?
I got to Lake View park around 7am and got my packet and heard the good news that if the fog didn’t clear, it was going to become a Duathlon. FINE BY ME!!!! I got all my stuff set up, including the swim stuff and then just tried to walk around and relax some (not happening). Of course right in the last moments before they were going to call it a Du, the fog miraculously cleared up… oh, awesome, great. NOT! But I guess it was either this tri or another tri where I’d first have to do a lake swim so might as well get the
doggy paddle/flop around/floating/panicking Michael Phelps level swimming over with ;) Ha!
ALL THE THINGS
I was in wave 12 so I had to wait a few minutes for my glorious turn to swim. Excellent. My parents came down to watch me so I was able to hand off my car keys, phone and t-shirt to them before getting in line. (I almost accidentally went with the relay teams but luckily realized that was not me even though they had the same color swim caps. Confusing.)
So many more people than my last tri
Do I look like I am going to puke? Cause that’s kind of how I felt…
Oh this is not too bad… YEAHRIGHT
The initial 37 seconds of the swim was not bad at all! I was walking, walking, walking, oh shit, time to swim now… and as soon as my heart hit the water, PANIC MODE. I tried to do actual strokes but I could not catch my breath at all and kept panicking. Great. So I proceeded to do the least graceful, most ridiculous 400 yard swim I have ever done. Some flailing,
some full panicking, lots of doggy paddle and about 11 real strokes. Excellent. It felt like 3 hours had passed but in reality it was really only 8:24 minutes. I have never been so happy to get out of the water and into T1.
Oh you think this is how it looked the whole time? Nope, but my dad got my 1/2 a stroke on camera so it was real!
It was a super short walk into the transition area (which is good because I was still in full panic mode at this point) but I managed to get my socks and shoes on, my helmet, race number, sunglasses and was off. It took me forever though… like 2 1/2 minutes, felt like 11 seconds.
Wow, nice tall socks I got there.
I almost could not clip in but once I got my first shoe in, the second slipped right in place and I was off. And I felt totally happy to be on my bike, which is not a common feeling for me. But I guess compared to “swimming,” it was really relaxing – ahhhh
The hills hit pretty quickly once you are out of the downtown area but since I practiced them last week, they really did not feel bad at all. The bike course was 16.5 miles and probably had 3-4 decent sized climbs but then lots of rolling hills as well. I was very proud of myself on the bike course though because I managed to pass probably 20-30 (or maybe more) people while I was out there. I was third to last out of the water so I had lots of ground to make up. The biking portion went by really fast and then all of a sudden I was in Random Lake’s downtown again so I knew that meant the dismount line was not far away! I finished the biking portion in 56:51 or 17.25 mph (ish) which was almost ten minutes faster than I did it last week in practice!
Another transition, but this one I got a very lovely running commentary by the announcer ;) He was telling everyone what I was doing and it was very distracting but very hilarious! Especially since I decided to change one shoe, then take off my helmet, then the other shoe. He was like Oops, you forgot a shoe – hehe! T2 was 1:35.
Oh, HI, yes, please watch me and talk about me on the loud speaker :)
The running part is always quite welcome (I say always like I’ve done this SO many times, twice, just twice), but once I get to this leg, it’s just a matter of one foot in front of the other and NO STOPPING. Well, I can stop I guess, just not quit, stop. The three miles went super-fast and I again was able to run them in the same pace(ish) as my 5k PR. I guess I need to try a 5k again at some point and see if I can run any faster?!
Nice Runner Face, yet again.
3.1 miles in 26:40 for a total finish time of 1:35: 50 and First in my age group?! WHAT?! WHY? I am not even fast but apparently people my age do not do these triathlons that I’ve done or something. But that’s fine cause it’s nice to win things :)
Random Lake is a pretty lake. Ill have to come back and practice here.
Oh another medal! I don’t have any of those ;)
I thought this race was really well organized and hopefully I can come back next year and do even better. I think I have a ton of room to improve on the swim (like actually doing it) and I do think I could get faster on the bike if I practice more. It would be fun to come back in a year and see how I do so we shall see! I also keep going back and forth about my triathlon goals for next year… I REALLY want to attempt a 70.3 but… I suck at swimming. I would have time to keep working on this so erg, I don’t know. The next step up is an Olympic but that’s still .9 miles so what’s another .3 to get to 1.2 when you are coming from like .25 miles right now. So maybe I should just stick with sprints… No matter what I do, I am going to have to get my panic mode under control. But I guess I’ll stick with one goal at a time and just focus on not dying from Dopey in the immediate future!