We got to the hotel - it wasn't a very nice place. A Days Inn with really bad customer service. Change of plans... one night and get the you know what out of Dodge.
Lesley was racing the "Intermediate" distance race (this used to be known as an Olympic Distance, but not all of them are the same 1500, 40K, 10K so the name has been changed.) She's getting ready for a Half Ironman distance race in Amelia Island in October.
|Lesley giving me a high five as she headed out on the 10K!|
I'd raced Gator Bait a couple weeks before and didn't know how my knees would feel after that so I signed up for the super short Tri-It-On sprint distance race. 300yd swim, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run! Oh fun... let's redline it for just under an hour.
Time trial start, I was the 17th in line of over 400 triathletes. The line up was based on your predicted swim. Had a great swim, it was straight out and back in the ocean with a run from the beach. There was a little east to west current but I corrected for that. On my way back in though, a girl on her way out had drifted into the oncoming returning swimmers and we ran into each other. A quick run up to the beach to transition and it was off on the bike.
I had a bit of an issue on the bike when I was almost hit by a car. A police officer waved a big black SUV onto the course and instead of moving along with traffic he drove diagonally from the intersection toward the condominium complex across the street - right in front of me. I was screaming "STOP and NO!!!!" as loudly as I could but he kept moving. I was braking but my bike just wasn't slowing fast enough. I ended up in the parking lot for the condo complex when the SUV finally came to a stop right across the bike lane and his grill in the parking lot. A little scary - my closest call with a vehicle on the bike. Averaged 21.3 mph on the bike!
Made it back to transition only to find my towel soaked through. A lot of people had brought gallon jugs of water to rinse the sand off their feet and one apparently was up hill from me. Gross. On to the run - my plan here was to take it out gently and bring it back fast. It apparently worked - I negative split the run (a first for me in a race) and had a strong finish! Really happy with my run - averaged 7:18 pace - I think this is a personal best for me.
I found Bill and we hung around and waited for results to be posted. Had some breakfast that The Hangout provided and got my stuff out of transition. Once they posted the results I found out that I finished first overall female!!!! The next girl was almost 2 minutes back! At the awards ceremony they called me and the men's winner over to say something to the crowd - can you say "mortified??" Bill assured me that I didn't sound bad but I felt like a doofus!!