You know you have an understanding and supportive husband when he says “sure you can do a triathlon on the other side of Cleveland on our very first wedding anniversary” OK, maybe those weren’t his exact words but it was close.
As I was driving to the race I realized I forgot something! Don’t worry it was just a towel but triathlons come with a lot of stuff. I really need to make a checklist of items I need. (Thanks for the tip Pam).
When I got to the race I immediately got all my stuff together and headed over to get my packet and get marked. I love getting marked and I love being able to see how old people are around me! As I started to head to the transition area I realized I left my wetsuit in the car. So I left my bike and triathlon bag with Ryan and went back to the car to grab my wetsuit.
As I was walking my bike to transition, I started digging in my bag for my bib and I couldn’t find it. I have a huge bag so I assumed it was in there but put my bag down and started searching. I finally realized it wasn’t in there. So Ryan ran back to the car assuming it ended up in there. However, he came back empty handed and I came to the realization that I LOST MY BIB!
How does one lose a bib?!?! I tried not to panic but it really stressed me out. I went back to packet pickup and since I had my chip (triathlon chips go on the ankle) and I was already marked, they gave me a relay bib so that I would have something (you need a bib to enter and exit the transition area). Even then I was still stressed out. I could tell it was showing on my face when my friends John and Lisa tried to tell me not to worry about it. But I lost my bib! I was worried!
The Swim: I was so nervous and it was so crowded that I didn’t do a warm up. Instead I talked with Jessica and Alyssa and got filled in on the course. You start in waves so when it was finally my wave I headed out and noticed there were a lot of people without wetsuits. I had mine on and was still freezing! I walked as close to the start line as I could while still being able to touch.
The Swim: I probably lost about 20-30 seconds because I wasn’t close to the starting line for the swim. I’m not competitive in the triathlons yet so I let people go in front of me so I don’t get trampled over during the swim. The water was super calm and what I call “flat” it felt just like I was swimming in the pool! I was in my element. Whatever that means since I am not a swimmer. Anyways I went out conservatively until we rounded the buoy to come back. Then I picked it up the whole way back. I didn’t do a good job of sighting as I know I was zig zagging all over the place. Time 16:38
T1: I felt like the beach and transition were really far apart but where I lost time was I got stuck getting my wetsuit off over my ankle timing chip. What is the trick here??? Time: 3:25
The Bike: I had a plan for the bike this time and it was to learn how to use my gears and then to bike out of my mind. Well I still have no idea what I am doing when I change gears or when to change but I like to think it was an improvement from last time. I didn’t even get passed until after 4 miles! The bike course was fairly fast and I think clipping in could have been a good idea for this race. Time:43:08
T2: I fell :( I don’t know what happened but I somehow tripped while walking my bike and next thing I knew I was on the ground with my bike. I even have the bruises to prove it. Time: 1:53
The Run: With an uphill start and coming off my bike legs, I really struggled the entire 1st mile. I wanted to walk about 3 minutes into the race. However, after a mile I got my running legs back and slowly started to pass people. Once I started passing people that was my motivation to just keep running and to catch the next person in front of me. I’ve heard that this course is always short so I was happy that the course was long, or so I’ve been told. This was yet another Garmin-less race. Time: 26: 15
As I was kicking it in to finish the race I caught up to another woman. Everyone was cheering and so I made a game time decision to run with her and push her to the finish. I wasn’t going to win the race or even place in my age group so it was nice to help someone else finish their race.
I had an absolute blast at this race. I cannot wait to run it again next year! Official Finish Time: 1:31:17 I have no idea how PRs work in triathlons since this sprint distance was different from the last one but I like to imagine I did better this time.
Oh and my bib! As I walked back to the car after the race, there it was, my bib just lying on the ground next to the car. Ryan and I both 100% know it wasn’t there when we checked so that was kind of weird.