Crawfishman Triathlon - Grand Hills Estates - Bush, LA. 1000 yds / 18 mile / 4 mile
|Nina and Lonnie Borrouso!|
The Swim: The water temperature was perfect, probably around 81 degrees. No wetsuit - hurray!! I think the swim course was a bit long - my Garmin clocked it just at a mile. Drafted off of a girl for the first half of the swim, she was swimming just a tiny bit faster than me. Then for the second half she slowed the pace so I went around her. I saw a lot of green swim caps in front of me in the water and knew that my swimming wasn't up to normal - not good. Bill's sister Nina her husband Lonnie and my nephew Scott were supposed to come to the race but at race start they hadn't showed up yet so we thought that maybe they'd changed their minds. As I came out of the water I heard a woman's voice yell "Go Ginger!" and I knew that they'd made it!! We'd stayed with them the night before in Covington, LA and I was excited to have family at the race. Average HR: 155 / Max HR: 171
The Run: More hills - ouch! It felt like I was running in slow motion. I had my Garmin set to show me heart rate, pace and distance but I didn't have it on scroll mode. Rats. I did see the first mile split - 7:55, not quite as fast as I was hoping to run, but then the hills do slow me down. At the turn around I saw the two women that had passed me on the bike, they were behind me. Thank goodness for speedy transitions! By mile 3 both of them were passing me. I asked the one if she was Susan Boudreaux but she didn't remember me from prior races. Hmmmm.... I guess I'm just not that memorable! The last 1/4 or a mile or so was downhill to the finish. I'd warmed up out and back up that hill and knew that it would be a fast finish. I started picking up the pace and saw that I was catching Susan. I honestly didn't think I stood a chance to catch her, she'd made up a lot of distance on me. And I wasn't really planning on catching her. But as we made the last turn onto the grass headed to the finish banner my momentum took me right by her. She hadn't changed her pace at all on the downhill. I heard her say "THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT!" as I went by her. It is a race after all, right? 8:04 pace. Average HR: 176 / Max HR: 190
Susan in the red tri shorts.
|Nina, Lonnie, Me and Scott*|