No – I didn’t win my triathlon – I didn’t even place. I didn’t even make my goal of going sub 2 hours but I did win something in the post race raffle which I’ll tell you about in a minute and I did win having a great day and I did PR so before I go on let’s celebrate
My official time was 2:06:19. This is not a USAT chip timed event so you have to sort of wing it on the times but by my various chronometers my times came out like this:
Total ~2 hours
That means I screwed up transition big time and took a total of 6 minutes. There’s something to work on. Also, my bike was not so good. My bike computer says I was going an average of 15.4 mph which is definitely a best effort to date but not so hot. The course is basically flat. There was a headwind that did some damage but mostly I just need to push harder on the bike. I get too worried about trashing my legs for the run and I just don’t step it up enough. Lesson learned. I actually had a good run with an average pace of 10:35. On a wicked, tough course. Here’s the elevation map and it’s no lie.
The course is littered with these short, steep hills that are nasty. Fortunately the weather was perfect – overcast and cool. My very first bead of sweat hit my eyes with just 1/2 mile to go on the run. Very tolerable.
Shout outs to the guy with a “49” on his calf who ran by me and said “Hey – I think they got the numbers for your age transposed” Love that guy!. I yelled “Oh man – I HATE it when that happens”. Then I picked it up a little but alas, he was too fast to catch.
I had a great time, though and that’s what counts. As I was coming out of T2 I heard someone yell “go Pamela!” and looked up to see Jen of RunningStories . She and her husband Zach came out just to cheer me on – how cool is that??!! When she yelled for me so did some other people which was a huge boost and really energized me. Pictorial evidence of our meeting was gathered by Jen and I’m sure she’ll post it soon. Jen is local so I’ve been working to recruit her and Zach to join my race club, Forward Motion (FMRC) – I think it’s working!
FMRC was out in force – 40 people participated in the race and about another dozen people were on the course as volunteers. As though that weren’t enough we had a club BBQ this afternoon that was attended by about 100 people. I mentioned before that the race was handicapped so that people like me could experience placing something other than last. Okay – I’m the only one who consistently places last but you get the idea. Everyone who raced got a certificate and a little medal and some of us got prize titles. I’m not sure what my place was but I was given 2 title awards.
“PR Pamela” and “Most Likely to Write an Entertaining Race Report”. I felt honored. I ♥ my race club. Once more:
If you have a race club in your area I can’t encourage you enough to join. Getting up the nerve to join FoMo was one of the best things I have done in a while. It’s fun and the really good elite athletes are helpful and encouraging to us struggling age groupers and there is nothing better than participating in a race with a bunch of other people all in the same team kit. If it’s an option for you, go for it – you won’t be sorry!
So what did I win besides the PR and the great time? The raffle included such things as bike jackets, messenger bags, gift certificates to Fleet Feet, gift certificates for a massage and then there was my prize – a free entry for another Olympic distance race. Oh yeah – lucky me? Think it’s a hint? If nothing else it gives me another chance to get faster at the bike and transitions before SOMA and yet another chance to PR. What better way to live up to my new title?