The day before I had gone through my packing list 3-4 times. I had everything I needed for the race, except for cold weather gear. I finally realized I could put on my wetsuit and stay warm. It helped but the sleeves are a little thin and the wind broke right through them. I double swim capped it and was ready to go. It was a time trial start and women 40+ were last. I decided it didn't matter if I was first in my wave or last, I had to swim through people. So, just like I like to do, I was the rotten egg....last one in. I didn't get to cannonball it like I did at IMLOU, just cross the mat and down the stairs. I think I added 20 seconds on to my time waiting for the people in front of me to go down the stairs after they crossed the mat. Lesson learned and in the end it didn't matter.
|IM Lou. I was no where close to landing on that dude.|
|The bike is looking very clean. And warm with gloves on.|
I've been having some back pain lately and it had been getting worse. I kept telling myself 12 miles on the bike would be fine. That lasted 4 miles. I was in pain. My left side was seizing and spasming with every pedal stroke. I ended up hitting about 30 watts lower than I should have ridden. The good thing is that I realized how jacked up my back was and decided I needed to fix the problem. More on that later.
T2 wasn't much better. I had to sit down to put my shoes on because of my back. I had to walk slowly out of transition because of my back. I had to start the run very easy because of my back. At least my achilles wasn't bothering me (that problem has finally been fixed..more on that later).
The run was an out and back shaped like a candy cane. On the way out I didn't see any other women (the olympic distance racers wouldn't be on the course yet, so the only women I'd see were pros and sprint racers). On the way back I passed two women heading out, I was at least a half mile in front of them. I picked it up some at that point, but then settled back into a pretty easy for a 5K pace. I finished and was told I was the first female age grouper across the line. That means I went from last person in, to first person done and that meant a win. This was my goal for the race.
|I didn't mean to leave the gloves on but I think it makes me look cool.|
|He said "I wondered why I got a purple swim cap"|