Saturday we set up for a full day of full-on promotion for TOPS Athletics, SyneryONE, and Whole Impact Nutrition. I got to catch up with a lot of old friends and meet some new people too. I also got satisfaction from getting people to enter the Bosu Ball Push-Up Contest right after they finished the half :) How many push-ups can you do in a minute? Top competitor did 50!
|He really wanted to do a VO2 max test!|
Saturday afternoon, I met up w/ TOPS Athlete Ashley Pierce for a pre-race spin. Riding around the lake on my brother's Felt road bike, I felt a rush of excitement. Again I thought about signing up for the sprint, but thought it might not be the best idea since I was drafting off of Ashley and pretty much going at race effort! Amazing what happens when you don't bike for 8 months!
|TOPS Athlete, Ashley Pierce|
So then Sunday morning rolled around and the weather was awesome and the lake looked like a mirror. Literally perfect conditions. The energy from Ashley & other races was contagious and so literally 1 hour before race start I walked into registration and signed up! And I'm so glad that I did! It was a super enjoyable experience to race on a whim with no expectations. I was doing it simply for the love of the sport and I had a great time! Here's a mini race recap:
750m Swim - 14:06 (1:43/100 yds)
The swim went pretty smoothly. I knew I would not be able to push it so just went at a comfortable pace that I thought I'd be able to maintain. Just getting through 750 meters would be a victory! The water felt good, there weren't any waves like last year, and there wasn't even much congestion at the turn buoys. I just enjoyed being in the moment and feeling the burn in my lats :) Actually, I think some of the strength training I've been doing lately helped prevent muscular fatigue/burn out!
T1 - 2:56
Transition was a slow process. I hadn't brought a tri suit, so I had to put on bike shorts over top of my swimsuit, which isn't easy when you aren't dry.
14 mi Bike - 42:35 (19.6 mph)
I enjoyed the bike and as to be expected at White Lake, there was a good amount of head wind. Or at least, it felt that way to me. I rode mostly in the drops and tried to be as aero as possible. Got passed by 1 woman on the bike and made a few passes myself. It really felt great & I was excited to be out on the course! I also got reacquainted with my old friend, Saddle Pain.
T2 - 1:32
Again, slow. Tying my shoe laces felt like it took 20 min.
5k Run - 20:47 (6:41/mi)
I was wondering how I would feel heading out on the run. I've started running again since the marathon and have been doing 35-40 miles a week on average. I felt alright and was pretty enthused to be out on course w/ everyone. I dropped a 7:00 first mile and figured I'd aim for negative splits from there. Second mile was about 6:45 and third was about 6:30. I picked off a few people in my age group on the run and loved running down the finish chute w/ my TOPS family cheering me on!
Total Time - 1:22:12 (2nd AG; 13 OA)
Overall I couldn't be happier about how this race went. It reminded me that I really do love multi-sport events. I enjoyed the process & being in the moment during each of the 3 legs, and I really appreciated the spectators and other competitors. It was a great race and a great day and fun to spend time w/ great people! Congrats to all finishers, especially Ashley!! You rocked it lady & I'm so proud of you!