|Swim Start at Crystal Cove|
We headed down to transition and set up our gear. The morning was quite chilly, only about 50 degrees, so everyone was bundled up and trying to stay warm. At 7:40 I finally stripped off my layers, pulled on my wetsuit and headed into the water for warm up.
The Swim - 800 Meters (1/2 Mile)
1 of 12 Age Group (F25-29) / 3 of 111 Females / 14 of 236 Overall
The swim was great. I was in the second wave with women under 40. It was a counter-clockwise, square swim. I positioned myself in the front, and slightly to the right. It was an in-water start and I immediately ducked down and started swimming. I breath to my left and I could see the other lead swimmers to my left. I watched them as I breathed and sighted and I could tell I was pulling away. About a 1/4 way into the swim I started running into the men in the wave in front of ours. I swam around them and continued to sight on the giant buoys and the buildings on the opposite shore. I rounded the corner of the first buoy, dodged a few more men, and rounded the second buoy. I was keeping tight corners and pretty sure I was leading the swim. I set my line on the large buoys at the exit and just kept swimming, focusing on a long stroke, steady kick and a strong pull. I swam as far up to the shore as I could then jumped up and ran for the exit. There was a little concrete step out of the water and there was a volunteer there to pull me up. He confirmed my suspicion - I was first female out of the water.
4 of 12 Age Group / 31 of 111 Females
I pulled off my suit and kept an eye on the swim exit to check for new woman. I was just clipping my helmet when I saw the next woman come out of the water. I ran my bike out of transition and jumped on.
The Bike - 18 Miles
1:04:34 / 16.7 mph average
2 of 12 Age Group / 15 of 111 Females / 92 of 236 Overall
This is the second time this year that I have been the first out of the water for my wave. The best way to describe this feeling is like you are being hunted. I knew the next woman was not far behind so I was pushing hard on the bike, although I was also trying to be smart and not blow up. The first woman passed me about 2 miles in, but then I did not get passed again until mile five. As usual a lot of men passed me and I passed a few men myself this time.
This was an out and back course so it was nice to be able to see the racers going in the other direction. I saw Sam heading back when I was about a mile from the turn around point. The turn around is at the end of a decent so I had to slow down quite a bit to make the 180 turn. I turned a bit wide and I had a moment where I was off-roading into the broken edge of pavement. For a moment I thought I was going to crash after I regained control I thought I would flat, but luckily nothing happened and I was able to finish the ride without any issues.
On the way back I played leap frog with another guy and a girl. One girl passed me on a climb and I was able to pass her back on the following decent. This was a big triumph for me since sometimes I get a bit freaked out on descents. My fastest speed was 32.9 mph and my average cadence was 84.2. Heading into transition I was passed back by one of the women. She was 23 and I was not sure if age groups were 5 or 10 so I decided my goal was to try to catch her on the run. She was wearing a bright pink top so I figured she would be easy to spot.
I am really proud of my ride. I pushed myself hard and my times are comparable to the other women.
9 of 12 Age Group / 42 of 111 Females
I got my bike on the rack, switched shoes, grabbed my hat/beans/Garmin and headed out of transition. The T2 course was long because you had to run to the opposite side and then run along the outside of the transition area back to the front of transition.
The Run - 3 Miles
Race Data: 3 miles, 25:28, 8:30/mile average
Garmin Data: 2.92 miles, 25:29, 8:43/mile average
Garmin Run Splits: 8:58 / 8:36 / 7:53 (.92)
3 of 12 Age Group / 28 of 111 Females / 98 of 236 Overall
As I took off on the run and started looking for the girl in pink. I didn't see any girls in pink but I did pass a few men. About a 1/2 mile in the first woman passed me on the run. As she pulled ahead I saw the big 28 on her leg. I decided I would not let her drop me. I picked up the pace and hung on. She knew I was right behind her (she looked back a few times) and I followed about 20 yards back for the rest of the run. It was a great motivation and resulted in a fantastic run for me. In the end I couldn't catch her and she beat me across the line by about 15 seconds.
2 of 12 Age Group (F25-29)
10 of 111 Females
62 of 236 Overall
The post race food was delicous. They had oranges, Luna Bars, Chobani Greek Yogurt, and Mu Mu Muesli. I LOVE greek yogurt so this made me very, very happy!
As we waited for the awards ceremony to start we took a few pictures... some silly...
The race officials waited until the last people had finished the race and then they got started with the awards. The top 3 overall winners won baked goodies from a local bakery and the top 3 of each age group won a coffee mug.
|Me & My "2nd Place Mug"|