I guess the best place to start is the night before the race. Do you remember that I told you we had tickets to the Twins vs. Yankees? Well, it was a great game and the Yankees managed to score a walk off run in the bottom of the 9th. It was the first Yankee win we had seen this season! But, with any good baseball game it didn't end until around 10:30 so by the time we got home and hit the road the clock was nearing midnight.
We were stuck in traffic in two separate occasions (only in NYC is there traffic at midnight) and we finally made it to our hotel at 1:45am. We got a restless four and a half hours of sleep and then we were up and moving by 6:30. Getting less than five hours of sleep is probably not a good way to start a race, but I was so nervous I doubt I would have slept much better even if I was in bed by 10.
Race morning found me with a very nervous stomach. I was so excited/nervous for the race that I was having a hard time keeping anything down. I managed to choke down a half a bagel and a small coffee. It was about a half hour drive from the hotel to the race and I used the time to try to relax and drink a bottle of Gatorade.
We arrived at the race site at about 7:45am so we had plenty of time to pick up our registration packets, get marked with our race numbers and set up transition.
Here is our stuff side by side in transition.
This is the transition area and everyone setting up their spaces. The race was relatively small with about 80 people doing the triathlon and 20 in the duathlon (run, bike, run).
After the pre-race meeting we suited up for the swim. Here is Sam with his wetsuit and awesome swim cap!
Together before our first race!
Transition 1: 4:18, 75/79
My transition didn't feel slow but compared to everyone else it was super slow (I "placed" 75 out of 79 in transition 1. I wasn't rushing (obviously) and wanted to make sure I had everything I needed before heading out on the bike. I think this time will definitely improve next time since I won't be so nervous.
I think the bike is where I have the potential to improve the most this year. I need to get a women's specific seat as my generic (code for men's) seat is presenting some serious problems with restricted blood flow and pain/numbness in my girly regions. I also need to learn to drink out of my water bottle on the bike. Sounds simple but I have not mastered it yet and I think this will help refresh and energize me on the bike.
Transition 2: 2:18, 76/80
Run: 4 mile trail, 43:23, 68/80
After Sam finished his race (2:15:52, 58th of 80!!) he went and got my camera and then came back out on the course to find me and make sure I hadn't died :) He met me with about a 1/2 mile to go.
I'm smiling in this picture. Probably because Sam is running backwards and taking pictures!
The end! My final time was actually 3 minutes faster - 2:26:44 - because I was in the second heat of the swim.
Here I am walking it off after the finish. I think the guy behind me might be puking...
I look like I might pass out in this picture... Talk about bad posture!
We headed back to our transition area to start packing up. I'm loving my bike for not breaking down or flatting!
I told you the guns would be back!!
After we packed up we grabbed bagels, fruit and coffee and watched the awards ceremony. I was 4th in my age group and just short of medal :( - the third place winner was 12 minutes faster than me though so I never really had a chance.
All in all it was a great race and I'm officially hooked! I'm looking forward to a larger race with a little more competition to keep me motivated. Next up - Massachusetts State Triathlon on July 26th!