While we were driving up to Lake George on Friday afternoon we heard the weather report for the following day. I had checked the weather and knew it was forecast to be sunny with highs in the mid-60’s. What the weather report told me was that it would actually be very chilly in the morning - mid 40’s with some wind gusts… Hmm… I was starting to rethink my gear but it was too late to do anything about it now.
26:22 / 1:32 pace (100 meter average)
2 of 25 Age Group (25-29) / 12 of 119 Females / 67 of 394 Overall
The original swim format included two guiding buoys (red) and then two parallel buoys (purple) at the end to get around and then angle back to the swim. But, the first two guiding buoys got blown off the course by the wind so we just had to focus on the last two buoys. The water was a comfortable temperature but the chop and current made this swim the most challenging I have done yet. I kept telling myself it would be easier after I rounded the buoys and headed back to shore. Unfortunately, the way the wind was blowing I was really having a hard time staying on course and sighting. The swim exit was marked with large white flags but they seemed to blend in with the shore so I didn’t know where to go. I just kept swimming until I could see the exit. I was in the pink hat wave and I hardly saw any pink hats around me so I had a feeling I had done well. It turns out I had the 2nd fastest swim time in my age group!
15 of 25 Age Group (25-29) / 75 of 119 Females / 276 of 394 Overall
T1 was long because you had to run out of the swim, down the shore, and across the road. When I got to transition I remember thinking to myself “I don’t care how slow this is.” I was pretty beat after the swim and I was still cold. I threw on my bike shoes (luckily they fit me) and I thought about throwing on the long sleeve technical t-shirt but I didn’t want to overheat on the bike so I went without.
Bike – 24 Miles
1:33:27 / 16.0 pace (mph average)
14 of 25 Age Group (25-29) / 76 of 119 Females / 328 of 394 Overall
We had rode the bike course a few weeks ago so I had an idea of what to expect. I knew the first half was mostly flats and smaller hills and the second half was much more hilly. About 3 miles into the bike I heard Sam yell “Hey! Rock Solid!” and he flew right past me. The bike was mentally challenging for me. The hills seemed bigger then I remembered and I was freezing for the whole ride. About half way through my right knee started to bug me and my feet were numb from the cold. At about mile 19 we were climbing yet another hill and a guy passing me said “This is unbelievable!” and I responded “I know! I just want to run!” Me? Wanting to run?! I was so happy to make the final turn into transition.
12 of 25 Age Group (25-29)
60 of 119 Females
283 of 394 Overall