After I posted about Square Lake without knowing my results, I continued to sit at the computer and click the refresh button repeatedly. There may have been some mild cursing between clicks, but beyond that I was mostly just wasting my time staring at the screen. About 20 minutes after my blog post, my husband walked in and mentioned that the results had been posted, just not on the web page indicated on the race website. The results were on a completely different page and didn't show up on any of my google searches. So frustrating! At least I have them now and can put my race into perspective.
There were 376 people in the race and 25 in my division of women aged 35-44. In my division, I finished 17th out of 25 with a time of 2:14:29. Overall, I was placed 281 out of 376. I was the most pleased with my swim time. I swam a half mile in 18:42 which placed me 8th out of 25 and 208 out of 376. Swimming has turned out to be my strongest leg this first season which has been surprising to me.
As I had suspected, my bike leg was slow. I was also correct that the course was shorter than the 18 miles advertised. The results indicate that the bike was 17 miles, and I think it was closer to 16.5 miles. My time of 1:00:48 gives me an average pace of 17.3 m.p.h. using their math, but 16.4 m.p.h. using mine. I really think I am right about this one. Either way, my place of 15 out of 25 is a little slower than I would have hoped. This is one area that I think I can improve on during the winter. Riding with my bike on the trainer on bad weather days doesn't sound very exciting, but I know I can bike faster than I am currently.
Finally, the run portion. I ran exactly 5 miles in 50:09 for an average pace just over 10 minutes a mile. I wish I could say that I see lots of potential for improvement in this area, but I just don't see it happening. If the conditions had been better, I think I could have run about 30 seconds a mile faster at the most. I certainly need to keep up with my run training, but given my limitations, I don't see my times getting markedly faster. I ranked 15 out of 25 for the run and am actually surprised I didn't finish a little lower.
My overall finish of 17th out of 25 is just about where I think I should have been. I'm feeling good after the race with the exception of some knee pain. There were a lot of steep downhills which I ran pretty hard to try and make up time that I spent walking up the hills. I've been icing it quite a bit and it is just starting to feel better. I think I should be able to run on a flat trail tomorrow and then hopefully get back on a normal running schedule.
The next race on my schedule is the TC 10 Miler. I'm very excited about this race even though I haven't gotten in any runs in over 7 miles. I can't believe it is only two and a half weeks away. It's been unseasonably warm here the last couple of weeks, so I'm hoping that some cooler temperatures will arrive soon. I love training in the fall and I'm looking forward to running more now that my triathlon season is over. The kids are back in school so I can venture a little further from home to run. I just picked up a book from the library detailing running trails in Minnesota. Boy, I am a running nerd... I'm getting so excited about running someplace new. I can't help it!