The whole racing naked thing is going to be a craze... you just wait and see. All the cool kids are going to be doing it soon.
I want to write a race report from yesterday's Olympic tri, but I worry that people don't really want to hear the details. But my mom did a great job taking pictures, and well, it was a great race, so I'm going to. Skim it if you want, just look at the pictures, or sit back with a drink and enjoy.
So yesterday was the Tri-Tech International Tri in Columbus. Again, it was in our backyard so I was super comfortable with the course. I was slightly worried about the run because it was a lot of trail running, but not nice trails. More of grassy-area-that-is-sometimes-mowed-and-because-of-the-rain-here-in-Ohio-lately-more-mushy-muddy-and-uneven-than-anything trails. I loves me some of those... let me tell you. I didn't really talk much about the race - chalk it up to being a little nervous or the fact that I was super busy last week. Ehhhh
So Sunday we get up (like how I forged right ahead of all the prep??? I'm trying to make this easier for your reading pleasure) and it's kind of gloomy. Not raining, but I look at the radar and it's coming. But it's calm, and cool so I don't mind. We load up the car and make our 15 minute commute to the park (have I mentioned that I love local races???). I know it's a small race (um... there were 300 people total) so transition is tiny and the parking lot is fairly empty. They had given Tom the wrong bib when we checked in on Friday (call it women's intuition or whatever, but I just had this sneaking suspicion that it wasn't right, even though the guy checked the list and marked us off) so we took care of that, got our timing chips, swim caps and transition set up. We had primo spots in transition - SCORE! Hit the potties one more time, met up with my mom and dad to give them our camera (they are the best sherpa's!) and then saw BDD who came to spectate!!! YAY!
Wetsuit is going on easier and easier each time I wear it! :) The process is so less painful than it was in Knoxville. Here's my obligatory wetsuit and swim cap picture. And Tracy, you can't tell me that I look cute in a swim cap. Totally unflattering. Tom and I were ready to roll.
The bike was one big loop and literally went 5 miles from our house so I know the roads. I wanted to race naked again (no watch you crazy people... swimming, riding a bike and running with no clothes would be so so gross), but I planned on having my bike computer. Buuuuuut, the hubby took it off my bike when he was cleaning it Saturday. Sneaky little bugger. So I had no data. A little harder with an Olympic race. I just hunkered down and went as fast as my legs would take me. I felt sluggish at times, and really powerful at times. Tom passed me at one point and told me I was going 25mph at that point. I smiled... I felt like I was totally doing 25. Heck, I could have been going 15 and I wouldn't have known. The bike was uneventful, until I had to turn. No breaks. For some reason the breaks on Kestrel are all messed up with my race wheels (the wheel seems true, but I can't go back and forth between my Ovals and my Flashpoints and it's really frustrating). Anyone else have this? In any event, I didn't feel it so much during the race because I wasn't breaking much, but I get to the dismount line and
T2 - in and out 0:53. Tom beat me again. Dagnabbit
Like I said before, I knew that the 6.2 mile run was going to be a lot of trail (like 5 miles of it). We run the trails all the time, but they just kind of suck. They are bumpy and uneven and haven't been mowed lately. It was drizzling all morning (which was great for the race, but not for the mud). I just tried to not think about it. I told Tom before the race to run in the mud and puddles and pretend you are a kid. We can always wash our running shoes. I forgot to tighten my speedlaces, but my shoes fit like gloves so I was fine. I found a groove and stayed there. It wasn't terribly fast or hard, but what I thought I could maintain. I saw Zach and Jim and Tracey and Tom all ahead of me, looking strong and we exchanged our "good lucks" and "looking strongs". It's so nice to have familiar faces on the course. In a cruel and totally uncool fashion, we had to run past the finish line to finish another out and back before the end of the run. By about mile 5, I felt like I was laboring. I hadn't seen anyone in my age group (like all day), but there were two girls gaining some ground on me. As I saw the mile 6 sign, and the finish line, I decided they would not pass me. I had another gear. Coach Tracy yelled and yelled for me to find that next gear and I gave it all I had. I probably looked like a total tool. But those girls didn't get me! 6.2 miles in 49:45 (8:01's). So close to sub 8's
Since I didn't start my watch, I had no clue what my finish time was. My mom thought that she had calculated it around 2:38 which would have been super close to a PR. We changed, loaded our gear in the car and went to look at the results.
Thanks again so much to my mom and dad for capturing our day in pictures, enduring the drizzle, and cheering louder than anyone. Tom and I are super lucky to have you!!!
BDD for coming out and cheering for us. I know you had a looming 12 mile run and a crappy day on Saturday. Hopefully
Congrats to everyone who raced. Tracy took first overall woman, Jim was first in his AG, Zack was first in his AG. Tom kicked butt with an 11 minute PR. I PRed by about 7.5 minutes. I'd say it was a successful day.
I then proceeded to stuff my face at Bob Evans with all of these fabulous people and my parents and sister, then drive to the casino to drink away any post race soreness that I might feel. I didn't hit the jackpot (sorry Jason... maybe next time because Tom and I would TOTALLY love a personal chef). But it was the perfect end to a perfect Sunday!
Jump on the bandwagon kiddos... racing naked is as cool as peeing on your bike. Right Triathlon Rocks??? :)