The water was calm and the perfect temperature for swimming in a wetsuit. Here I am with my mom and daughter before the race.
The bike course was very scenic with lots of long inclines. With the 5 mile run following the bike, I planned to save some energy for run. During the first 5 miles or so, I was passed a little bit. We were not marked with our age for this race, so I couldn't tell if those passing me were from my wave or a later one. I only passed a few younger women on heavy bikes, so I'm guessing that my bike split will be a little slow. The road had a crack in it just about every 4 feet, so it was a very bumpy ride. This had to slow everyone down. My Garmin says that the course was only 16.5 miles instead of 18 miles. I think my time was around 1:01:30 which would be just over 16 m.p.h. It's not the greatest pace but I was working hard and felt like I was spending the right amount of energy so I would have some left for the run.
Transition 2 had slight slowdown when one hole of my number ripped out of my race belt. I was able to affix it, but it took me about 15 seconds and my number was crooked. Other than that, I made it out of T2 and onto the run without incident.
The run included quite a few hills and it was starting to get fairly warm. I'm still recovering from hamstring tendinitis in both legs and the uphill portions were difficult. I decided early on that I would walk the uphills and run the downhills and flats. This turned out to be a good strategy since I was already running pretty slowly on the uphills. I didn't loose too much time when I walked them but was able to at least conserve enough energy that I could run the rest.
Here I am coming up the last big hill. I was walking when my friend saw me and yelled to me. Of course I quickly started running again. I was caught!
I think I finished the 5 mile run in about 50:06, so just over 10 minute miles. While that pace is sure to put me towards the bottom of the results, I am satisfied with my run given the tendinitis and the hilly course.
Hopefully tomorrow I'll get to see my swim time and how I finished in my division. No matter how the results turn out, I'm pretty happy with my race. I was feeling a little worn after a full summer of training and I wasn't sure I was going to have the energy to give this race my all. I felt like I gave a consistent, hard effort and that I put into practice a lot of what I had learned over the season. It's great to end the season on a good note so that I have some enthusiasm to continue with swim and bike training during the fall and winter. Hopefully they will publish the results soon so I can stop hitting refresh!