I was busy shopping on Saturday and didn’t get to packet pickup until late afternoon.
I wasn’t thinking about my garmin when I had my athlete wristband on. All I was thinking was that I wouldn’t be wearing my usual watch. Once I picked up my packet I stopped by the Athleta table and made myself a sign (which now will live in the back window of my car).
Also, did you know Athleta is pronuced Ath-let-a? I thought it was Ath-leet-a. From the packet pickup I made my way over to my Grandparents’ house. I am so lucky that they are in good health and allow me to visit them even when I can’t go to church on Sunday morning! I went to bed early, but woke up every two hours, I tossed and turned, and at one point dreamed that I was late for the race!
At 4:30 my alarm went off and I hopped out of bed. The coffee was brewed and I poured it into the “Shine On” cup that Corepower Edina gifted everyone who completed the CPYTri the day before. The drive to the race start was short and I was one of the first people to rack my bike.
My usual pre-race food is peanut butter toast or bagel. However I didn’t want to mess with my Grandparents’ toaster, or eat 3 hours before I would start the race. This clif bar was perfect for eating in the car!
— Katie Cummings (@katie_LF) September 22, 2013
A little after 6 am I went back to the transition area and hung out while the sun rose. I spent lots of time tweeting every nervous thought that came to me. Headphones weren’t allowed during the race, but I did listen to music before I crossed the start line.
This was the first race I’ve done where people were let out in groups. I was scheduled for the last group, which didn’t leave until 8 am. The first lap around the lake was good. I haven’t looked at my splits yet, but I didn’t walk at all and was super confident coming into the transition area. I put on my helmet, put on my hydration backpack (more on that later), and walked my bike until I could get on and start riding!
I didn’t take pictures during the race, but I did snap this shot of me before taking off!
I was so impressed with the race set up. I was SUPER nervous about getting lost, but it was very well marked! I was uncertain about racing with a mountain bike, but am proud to say that I passed a bunch of people! The USA Triathlon is very particular about the rules when it comes to passing and riding.
b. Athletes must ride single file on the far right side of the road except when passing another rider. Side-by-side riding is not allowed.
c. Overtaking riders may pass on the left for up to 20 seconds, but must move back to the right side of the road after passing.
d. Riders must keep 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) distance between bikes except when passing.
e. An overtaken rider must fall back 7 meters (~4 bike lengths) before attempting to regain the lead.