If you read my last post I wrote that I'd spontaneously signed up for the Girl Power Triathlon in New Orleans! And yesterday was the race!!
Denise and I left Hattiesburg at 4:00 for the drive to the race site at the University Of New Orleans Lakefront Arena. We had a good trip down and laughed and talked about swim and racing and life.
We got there in plenty of time and were able to scope out the area and get a nice run warm up on the course. Last year the advertised 2 mile run course was short and we wanted to see where the turn around was set this year to plan our pacing. Basically in a 2 mile run it's go hard, but if the run is closer to 1.5 it means pretty much an all out sprint. I wore my Garmin while we warmed up and we also took note of the .5 mile mark.
|That's me on the left and Denise on the right!|
Pretty longish run to transition and when I got close to my bike I saw girls everywhere! I couldn't believe how many of the girls who started before me were still in transition. They were putting on long sleeve tops and I'm not sure what else because they really seemed to be taking their time. Denise mentioned that most of the 15 or so girls that went into the water first were all in swimsuits so were probably really good swimmers and maybe not so good cyclists and runners. Just before the swim started the race director announced that the cold front had moved through early (I was oblivious to the fact that a cold front was on the way) and that the wind was blowing at 18mph with gusts at 25mph coming out of the West. I saw Denise heading out of transition as I neared my bike - she had a good T1!
The bike course went north out of transition for about a quarter of a mile then East for a mile and a half then turned to the West for 8+. Luckily we had a major tailwind for the last section of the bike! It was 17 mph into the wind and 25mph coming back! Nice! I'd put the Zipp 404's that I got from last winter on my bike and I could really feel the difference using race wheels!! Bike average: 20.3.
|The look of pain!|
I would have loved to have been 5th Overall and won a quick $100 but not on this day and not with the lack of preparation. But I placed 7th Overall, won Masters Female and everyone in front of me was at least 10 years younger than I am! We got really neat martini glasses filled with Easter chocolates for our awards! I didn't have a Dirty Martini in mine last night but I think I will by the end of this week!
|ICEdot band on my right wrist!!!|
ICEdot | The Emergency Identification and Notification Service
We went home via the Causeway across Lake Ponchatrain and the wind was whipping the car all over the place! The lake looked like the ocean! We had a quick lunch at Acme Oyster House in Covington and then some more laughter on the drive home! What a great morning! I had a good time! Thank you, Denise for inviting me to race!
p.s. I forgot to thank fellow Timex Factory Team member, Patrick Lewis for the photos and cheers!! Thank you!