First run comin up the hill strong!
Jason comin up into transition
So that was a really fun and exciting day! The rest of the day I got my packet, did a little workout, and got my bike all set up in transition for the big race the next day.
Race morning I woke up and wow was I tired! 3:30 am wakeup is not my idea of sleepin in. I basically rolled outta bed, got my race gear ready and went over to the T2 in order to put my running shoes and race belt out. (There were two transition areas which was a little bit of a pain). Over at the swim Jacqui and I set up our bike area and put on the wetsuits to get ready for the big day ahead of us!Gettin the numbers on!
Into the water...I was still basically asleep. I really wasn't in the mood to start racing. It was strange because usually I am all fired up and excited to have a fun day. I think it was the lack of sleep and long day before out in the sun cheering and watching all of the kids races. The swim was pretty uneventful. I got a position to the far right and had a straight shot to the first buoy. Let me tell you...the water was pretty bad. I could not even see my hand right in front of my face in this water. It seemed pretty dirty..but I guess clean enough to put on a race! I was a little tired near the end of the swim but came out of the water in 22:50. It ended up being the 45th fastest swim split out of the 1000 racers..so not too bad. I had a good transition and hopped onto my bike. I pumped hard from the start and set my eyes up ahead on Mark Harms (the eventual race winner). I was gaining ground on him and was motivated..but just didnt' seem to have the bike legs that I was used to this year so far. I have been so comfortable on my bike in every race and felt a lot of power with each pedal stroke. Well not this race...I was huffing and breathing hard just to keep going. I was still doing ok and told myself to keep pushing. After around 5 miles, things started to go wrong. I switched gears and oops...there goes my chain. I had to come to a complete stop, unclip, put the chain back on, and then off I went. Mark Harms was long gone and a bunch of racers that I previously had passed were also way up ahead. I was very disappointed and took off charging. I still felt very dead for the next 12 miles or so and then tragedy again. My bottle flopped out in front of a usat official. I did not want to risk a 2 min littering penalty, so I stopped agian, picked up the bottle, and went off on my way again. I can tell you that it is definitely not fun going from 25+ mph to a complete stop to get off and then start going again. I was not happy and just plugged away the rest of the bike. My bike split was just over 1:02 which was 24 mph avg. I had the 19th fastest bike split.
Transition two was blazing (fastest out of everyone). I kept thinking that all I wanted to do was get off my bike and start running. Well..I started running and felt great. My goal was to just catch up to a bunch of other racers and get into a decent position. It didn't feel like I was running too fast but I was still making ground on the leaders. I think I started the run in around 13th place. At the finish, I was 5th place and ended with the fastest run split out everyone in 33:00 (5:20 pace). I should be a little faster and it showed because as I crossed the line I was thinking thats it? I just couldn't come to push myself like usual. Because of the wave starts, I ended up with a 7th place overall finish in a time of 2:00:09. I would've been nice to break 2 hours and come in top 3..but oh well. It was a rough day and I still was able to finish in the top.
As for Jacqui..she did a great job in her first Olympic tri. The swim was her fastest yet out of all the training days that we've done, she averaged 18.4 mph on the bike, and ran 7:00 pace for the 10k. She finished as 9th in her age division and I was really proud of her finish! Whats even better is that as soon as the race was over she checked to see if the Lifetime Fitness triathlon was still open so that she could register! Sooo we both will be racing there in a few weeks. I think she has a bright future in the sport of triathlon with more training! She already is training hard and will see huge improvements in the next race!!!
Well that is about it for the race recap (look at that..less than a week and I have the race report up! )