Saturday was the Greenswell Tri for Hope benefiting the Stephanie Spielman Fund. I love women's only events. There is just a great buzz all day long, lots of "You Go Girl's" which I love, and a great feeling of camaraderie. You just can't beat it. And they had a good turn out for it - 179 women. I like it! Tom played sherpa (which I secretly love too) and got some great photos throughout the day. Short swim (.25 miles), short bike (12 miles) and short run (2 miles). Just the right distance to go hard, but not so hard that I would be toast the next day. The swim was uneventful - too warm for a wetsuit and a little frustrating with everyone walking and dolphin diving the whole thing, but I was 5th in my AG coming out of the water (and in wave 4 of 6 so lots of people in front of me). On a side note - I like that the swim cap matches my outfit (yep, it's the little things), but that will come back to bite me tomorrow...
:) Of course I was a total putz and racked my bike, only to have it fall off the rack. What the heck? Tom yelled "leave it" but I couldn't and wouldn't leave Papa Smurf laying on the grass (plus I didn't hear him!). I knew that there were three girls in front of me, (because coach Tom was scouting them), but I also knew that 3 waves went before me so I just ran. Felt a little sluggish on the run and it might have been a wee bit long, but ended up crossing the finish line in 1:00:51. Good enough for 2nd overall! The lady that won was pretty tough (and 12 years older than me... which is really cool... I feel like there is hope for me to get faster as I age gracefully), but she only had me by about 40 seconds. Maybe I should have left my bike on the ground in T2! Just kidding... I was pretty stoked about second, especially since this race company does overall awards (not all Columbus race companies do that). And they did an awards ceremony which was cool. Got a plaque and some organic soap. (Which totally random side note, but why does organic soap smell so bad? I'm all about doing your thang with natural stuff and whatnot, but I could not wash myself with this stuff and be happy. Maybe it's just me).
Sunday was the Greenswell Wellness Tri. I knew it wasn't going to be a true Olympic, but it was close - 1.5km swim, 38km bike and 8km run. With this being a new race and race company, we didn't know how many people would be out there. Turns out, not too many. I think there were 47 total doing the "long" race (while 167 people did the sprint du and tri!) There were only two long course waves - men and women. Fairly simple huh? We all lined up for the swim and it seemed long. Like really long. I know that sights can be deceiving and we were all hoping that was the case (but I swim here 2 days a week and knew our hopes were about to be crushed)... all 19 of us women! I opted to not wear my wetsuit because of the warm water and wasn't alone. The horn went off and we entered the swim for the two loop rectangle. Now, I suck at swimming. I'll be the first to admit it. I'm usually not last, but I'm much closer to last out of the water than first. I know that. I am working on it. After one lap I looked at my watch and holy hell, either I'm not swimming, or the course is long. And the sprint started after us and when we were on our second lap it was total chaos. And the buoys were the same color as the swim caps. Green swim caps and green buoys are all I saw when I sighted, but which was which??? And lots of people dolphin diving again. The whole swim. I was so frustrated. I usually swim between a 28-32 minutes for an 1500m swim. I exited the water in 41 something. Totally defeated, I made my way to transition. Lots of other people were at their bikes, mumbling and grumbling about the swim. At least I wasn't alone.
The bike was two laps for us. The first lap I passed a lot of sprint tri people. At the entrance to the park at 12 miles, they turned in and we went straight. Then there was no one around. It literally was like the race had been canceled and I didn't get the memo. Way up ahead I see a biker so I put my head down and hammer to catch them. It took a while, but I did, but they weren't in the
We packed up our stuff, hopped on our bikes for another 25 miles and some great greasy diner food the next town over. Nothing like racing hard, biking 12.5 miles, eating a grilled cheese and biking back. Nomnomnom!
No more races for a little while. I have some massive training in the works!
How was your weekend???