After a crazy Friday of Katy Perry Concert Partying, Saturday of Corepower Yoga Triathlon, Sunday morning’s Lakes Country Triathlon was a little rough on my body. Thankfully I didn’t have any first time nerves to deal with. I woke up at 5:15 am to an intense thunderstorm, and the desire to go back to bed. I didn’t want to drive over to Brainerd/Baxter only to hear that the race was cancelled.
Thankfully the weather cleared on the drive over and the pavement was even dry setting up transition!
Swim 1/4 Mile (12:26): I was in the Athena divison which was the last wave to go. Luckily this meant that there were no fast swimmers that would go after me and pass me. Unluckily, I got kicked in the face almost immediately. I didn’t freak out. But my strokes and breathing were seriously out of wack. I usually breathe on both sides, but for whatever reason could only breathe on my left, and had to breathe every stroke! It wasn’t pretty but I got it done.
Transition 1 (2:44): I decided to put on my socks for the bike as I already had a blister from dancing on Friday night. I’m so glad I did while it meant my transition was long, my comfort was worth it!
Bike 13.6 miles (46:32): The majority of my rides this summer were on portions of the course which made this my strongest leg. I was rocked the false flat, cruised on the downhills, and passed a bunch of people. I took a vanilla gu while biking and was amazed at how my balance has improved since the beginning of the summer.
Transition 2 (1.31): Switched to sneakers with numb fingers, I probably should invest in some “yank” type of laces next summer. Took off my helmet, and thought I was forgetting something. But took off on the run.
Run 3.2 Miles (39:22): I started running with a woman in a pink tank top in front of me. I totally thought I would keep up with her or pass her. But she started pulling in front of me right away. I took some walk breaks, my legs felt like lead. And I was really questioning my decision to race after a night of partying/dancing and a day of yoga/running/yoga instead of resting.
In the last mile a very encouraging woman came up behind me and was cheering people on. I loved her energy, but her belief that I could hold a 9:15 min/mile was laughable. My first mile split was about a 13:30, my second mile was about 12:45, and while I thought I could negative split, I knew 9:15 was not in my legs. I sprinted in, but wish I had been able to push it earlier in the run.
Post Race: Started itching, realized the bugs that were flying around me during the run had bit me, and I have welts all over my arms! After slowly packing up everything, I made it over to Zorbaz to post-race celebrate. Once I got home I crawled in bed for a nap, and pretty much stayed there the rest of the day. Rest was needed!
Monday my legs were definitely stiff, I taught sculpt, but modified a lot for myself. I am surprised that my quads aren’t as sore as they usually are!
Overall: I am so pumped about my bike pace! I averaged 18.1 miles per hour on this course, versus Tri for a Cause where I averaged 16.9 miles per hour. I’m bummed about my run pace which slowed from an average of 11:43 at Tri for a Cause to 12:19 at Lakes Country. My swim pace also slowed from 2:37 per 100 yard at Crosby to 2:50 per 100 yard. However, this summer I put the majority of my focus on the bike.Starting in September I want to go back to the couch to 5k plan so I can build up my running pace, after I build on that I will get back in the pool and work on my endurance with good form!