|Swim done, getting ready to climb out of the pool|
|Rosi cheering me on after the swim|
I did this race two years ago and really enjoyed it. On the drive up I ate full bagel for breakfast. I always try to time my eating so I am done (eating solids) one hour before a race. I arrived at EWU and registered for the race. The swim portion of this tri is done in the pool so they have to do "heats" because only 10-15 can start at a time. People that register the day of the race are all put into the last swim heat, for me this was heat five. I finished my bagel by 7am and found out I wouldn't be racing til 9-9:15am. Rosi warned me about this, but I didn't time my eating appropriately.
|Coming into the finish with Reanna cheering me |
on in the background ♥.
The swim went well, I shared a lane with David, who went on to win the whole race. He lapped me a couple of times and I later found out he swam competitively in college. I wore my tri-top during the swim and noticed I was the only male in my heat who did. Not sure if I will do that again next time? I was glad Rosi was there to count laps for me, two years ago when I did this race Rosi said I swam an extra lap when I counted them myself! :-) I was happy to be out of the water and off to transition onto the bike. The bike felt great, I thought the course only had one turn, but it is actually two turns then an out and back. There is a nice hill on the way back that slowed me down, but through the bike I passed a couple of guys that beat me out of the pool. There was no one directing racers back into the transition area and there were no signs!! So I missed the turn, it is a major turn and no one was there!! There were two people right behind me when we passed the turn, then I quickly realized what we had done so I did a U-turn in the middle of the road to get back on course and they followed. I got through transition and onto the run. I remember the run being hilly, but that hill right after the transition is HUGE for a sprint! :-) The run was pretty exhausting. At about mile 2 or 2.5 Matt (a tri-club teammate) was coming down a hill and joined me for the run. He had already finished the race since he started in heat three. He paced me all they way back to the finish which helped. Because everyone starts in different heats it is hard to be competitive when you are running alone. We were hitting 6:30 and 7:00 pace and that was all I had left in me.
I loved that my family came out to cheer me on. My time two years ago was 1:03:56, so I PR'ed on this course by over three minutes!
Finish time was 1:00:28
2nd in AG
|Matt pacing me in for the finish!|
|NAME||DIVISION||RACE #||HEAT||OFFICIAL TIME|
|CINDRIC, M. JANE||W(31-40)||183||1||1:17:51|
* Note to self for next time I race this.
1. Plan breakfast accordingly
2. Reconsider tri-top on swim
3. Know the turns in case no one is there to direct