- A technical-fabric hooded sweatshirt
- Water bottle
- Coleman Flashlight
- Zoom race belt
- Zico coconut water
- Samples of chamois cream, raw bar and prunes
On race morning we woke up at o'dark-thirty, ate a pre-race breakfast of English muffin with PB&J and jumped in the car. After a quick stop at Dukin Donuts we were on the road. We arrived at the race site with plenty of time set up and get situated. In no time at all the transition area was closing and we headed down to the beach.
Swim: .9 miles
23:52 / 4 of 29 Age Group (F25-29)
It was a waived start with a total of 10 waves, 3 minutes apart. I was in wave 8. I positioned myself in the second row of my swim wave group and just ran and dove when they blew the horn. I definitely prefer an in-water start, but the land start was not as bad as I imagined. There was a lot of contact to start and I did get a good kick in the face. But, we quickly spread out and for a few lovely minutes I had clear water and a straight line. But, after a few hundred yards I started running into the men in the waves in front of me. I tried to just swim around them and avoid any unnecessary contact. On the way back to shore in the last 500 yards the swim was very crowded for me. I was running into a lot of guys who were breast stroking, back stroking and doggy paddling. It was really frustrating for a few minutes, but finally I was out of the water. I ran up on the beach and towards T1. I was happy to have the salt water behind me.
T1 was pretty uneventful. I threw on my socks, shoes and helmet and ran out of transition. I had a good spot close to the swim in and the run out. This was nice because transition was big and it would have been a long run across the parking lot with bare feet. The downside was it meant I had to
Bike: 24.6 miles
I saw a lot of random things on this bike ride including road kill, tons of water bottles, a cop getting screamed at by an angry motorist (upset about the delays caused by the race), and an arm pad from aero bars. But, the most interesting thing I saw was the top of an aero helmet at the bottom of Claire's Climb. I'm not sure how that happened...
2:16 / 13 of 29 age group
Run: 6.35 miles
2:51 (last .35 / 8:04 pace)
2:46:22 / 3 of 29 Age Group / 384 or 915 Overall
I was very proud of my finish time. I do not time my swim so when I cam across the line my clock time was 3:07. I wasn't sure exactly how far back I had had started so I couldn't calculate my final time but I estimated around 2:50. 2:46 is a major personal record for me - almost a 20 minute improvement over this distance from last year!
After the finish we grabbed some cold pizza from the food tent and some Muscle Milk. We found a few of our AG team members cheered for others while they crossed. After a bit I decided to head over to the massage area to take advantage of the post-race massages. It was about a 10 minute wait and then I got a 8ish minute massage. It was great :) I told him my calf was especially sore/tight and I think he was cautious and didn't want to work it too much when what I really wanted was him to focus on my leg. Oh well. It was still a fantastic perk.
After the massage we headed out. We did not stay for awards because I had no idea that I had actually placed in my age group. I found a picture from the awards ceremony and I photo-shopped myself in :) The Westchester Triathlon is a qualifier for Escape from Alcatraz. The first two in each age group earn a spot. I'm bummed that I missed a spot, but in all honesty I did so much better than I expected that I can't be too upset. Plus, I was six minutes behind #2 and I know that even on my best day I could not have cut 6 minutes off that race.