Final time was 1:36:43 – 13 minutes faster than last year.
Last year I did the Pirate Triathlon as my first triathlon, and not only is it well run, it supports a great cause – to send sick children from all over the US and Canada and their families to Camp Sunshine. Thank you all again for your wonderful support for the fundraiser, we were super duper close to raising enough money to send a family to Camp Sunshine for a week! I am very happy and thankful for that! The drawing for prizes will be tomorrow!
A family from Texas who was starting a week at Camp Sunshine spoke before the pre-race meeting, and between that and their sick little girl reading a thank-you letter she wrote to Camp Sunshine (they attended Camp Sunshine the year before), not many folks had dry eyes. I think it gave everyone a little extra push when they were out on the course too.
The Swim – .3 miles – 13:08
Yeah, my time here sucks. But there is a good story to it.
First, this is not the reason for my poor swim time, but they made the course bigger than last year, but only big enough to be actually .3 miles instead of…well, whatever it was last year, which everyone seemed to think was around 400 yards. Makes me think I was pretty bad last year if that is the truth, but I digress.
Besides the fact I need to swim a whole lot more, I also apparently need to learn how to better fight in the water. It was super tight out there today, and there was a whole lot of contact, and not the nice, “oh, whoops I bumped you” kind, but the “wham bam thank you ma’am” kind.
I was swum over 4 times, not over my head, but across my back, perpendicular to the course. Weird, right? I mean, where the hell were these people going? It started to freak me out a bit, so I did a few Tarzan strokes to reset (you know, head up looking around for coconuts, or in my case, buoys).
Back in my freestyle, feet were still everywhere, but weirdly, I had a hard time grabbing a draft. I got
punched accidentally hit in the side by one person, and then a few minutes later was kicked in the leg by someone doing the breast stroke. I will not lie, this kind of sucked. Finally to the last turn to head in to shore, the water got really murky, and I almost ran into someone who was standing up walking. WALKING? WHAT? Who are these people?
After that I was able to swim in without incident, but I just couldn’t get my head together for the swim.
T1 – 1:44
Not much to say here, transition went well except I struggled with getting my socks on. I am thinking about skipping socks from now on, I will see how that feels in training.
The Bike – 14 miles – 51:48 ~ 16.2 mph
It is a hilly and scenic ride. I wanted to be faster (doesn’t everybody?) but really, I am happy with this time even though I had hoped for under 50 minutes. I hit a max speed of 45 mph which was cool. I feel like I rode this as well as I could have and I know I am stronger than last year on hills, and I know I have lots of room to improve. More hill repeats on the menu!