Last Saturday was the Sunfish Triathlon in Meridian, Mississippi! I'm not sure exactly when this race started but it's been around for a long time. I raced it back in the 80's at a different venue - I think the new site at the Bonita Lakes Park has an easier run, but a tougher bike course. I set my race goal to finish in the top 5 women.
|The Girls! My new friends!|
Sunfish has a time trial start - pretty much my least favorite type of start. They lined us up by age which meant I was WAY in the back. This is my second race here in Mississippi and both had time trial starts. I wonder if it's just a more utilized format here. You never know how you've done until the results are posted.
The bike course was really tough with a lot of challenging hills. I was able to push the pace on the downhills but climbing was slow. I had to shift down to my small front chain ring a lot! I've had my new bike for about 5 weeks now and I need to get it in to have it adjusted. Cables always stretch when they're new and I had a lot of issues shifting during the race. I know better than this but just didn't make the time to get my bike to the shop. We were lucky that during the bike there was a cloud cover for most of the time but unfortunately that disappeared for the run. 6th fastest bike split women. HR: Max 177 / Avg 167.
When the results were posted on the timing van I saw that I'd finished..... 5th Overall Female!! Sweet! Okay... let's do some math here though... 6th in the Swim - 6th on the Bike - 12th on the Run - do you know what that means? Remember my post on transitions and Free Speed?? Fast Transitions can have a huge impact on race times. Take 10 or 15 seconds off a transition? - not so tough with a little planning and practice. Take 10 or 15 seconds off your 5K? You'd better be prepared to get to the track and do some interval work! I'll take Free Speed any day (actually I should go to the track too)! Included in my first transition (:41) is also taking off my Speed Suit that I wear over my tri suit. And included in T2 (:37) is putting on socks!
After the race I changed and spent some time handing out Aquaphor Samples! A couple people recognized Team Aquaphor knew other teammates from other parts of the country!
|Some of my new training partners - Lesley, Judy, Chris and Deanna! |