Then Lauren Ohlgren, my art & triathlon newbie friend, pushed my motivation by doing her first two sprint tri's in May. She was so excited about her races and spilled all her info and excitement onto me. I was worried about losing my motivation again and wanted to do a race soon to try it out and know what it was like. While the courage was up I paid my money to enter the HOV s-tri. I liked that it was my "home pool" and I knew the course well.
After entering, I had a short period of high anxiety as I realized that the race was only a week away (where the heck did May go?) and I hadn't been doing anything serious for the last 3 weeks. The swim was 750 yds, 350 yds longer than the race I had trained for. The bike portion was 11 miles with 6 hills and I hadn't been on my bike for longer than 6 miles in over a month and a half. Running?! Not so much. I was working up to running and hadn't gotten that far yet. This course was a nice easy flat 3 miles.
Beside the 3 "events" of a Tri, there's the "transition factor", often called the 4th component of the race. T1 is the transition from swimming to biking and T2 is the transition from the bike to the run. Both of these transitions are timed separately, with the goal of being as quick as possible during these changes of equipment. There's a whole lot to learn about how to transition quickly. Luckily for me Lauren dropped everything to give me as much information as I could stand so that I could relax some.
|Before the start, with my transition area set up. I was racer #1 because I had the slowest projected swim time. Just for the record, I wasn't the slowest that day.|
|Listening to the start count down (while cap). I had only the guy at the right edge of the photo in my lane.|
|T1, swim to bike. Putting on my bike gear and drip drying.|
|Heading out for the ride....no rain yet!|
|Back from my ride. Hit a downpour just before the last hill back. Feeling good though.|
Took off on the "run" at a walk. Hard to get the hips in the mode of moving that way. For some reason my hips hurt like crazy and running actually felt better, except for the aerobic part of it. I alternated running and walking the whole way. I passed a couple girls, always checking to see if they were one of the 3 Athena's in my group. I caught one of them, but not the gal who won our classification. Candi, Lauren and the Hills were on hand at the finish line, so I ran some more. I finished the "run" in about 34 mins.
|I'm sure I'm running because I know the camera is there.|
|Crossing the finish line!|