This is a hard post to write. I’ve looked over other recaps and been disappointed on what I have or haven’t covered. Here’s hoping I can do this race recap justice! Here is my race plan.
Pre-Race: Arrive at 6 am, set up was not assigned, so I initially went towards the back of transition, one of my teammates told me that I should move towards the front so I wouldn’t have to run as far in my bike shoes. I was intimated by the people in the front center, so I opted for the side and was much more comfortable! Wait time was long, but my coffee was able to completely digest and I got 2 bathroom stops pre-race. I had half a bagel at home and felt that was adequate.
Swim 600 Yards (15.38): I intended to go straight out, not near the buoy and rope, however I was swimming to the right and ended up running into it, oops! I started strong, then floundered, then kept pulling through. I was very nervous about the last wave swimming over me since I only had a 3 minute head start. I did get a hand to the face, but overall it was an uneventful swim.
Transition 1 (2.02): I put my helmet and sunglasses on right away, stripped off my wetsuit, put on my bike shoes (no socks), debated putting my phone in my pocket, but decided against it, had a vanilla gu, sip of water and was off! Felt like I was forgetting something, but never figured out what that would have been.
Bike 16.3 Miles (57.45): I started strong passing 4 people. I think I was passed by 3. One man completely ignored the passing rules and really ticked me off. I was supposed to be given four feet of space while being passed, he was right next to me and was not passing in the correct amount of time. I was not happy. Other than that, the course went well, I am so glad I was able to ride it before, which is in this post.
Transition 2 (1.27): Took off my spin shoes, put on my sneakers, my fingers were numb so I didn’t put on socks BIG MISTAKE! (blister happened, I won’t make you see the picture). Chugged some water, debated carrying it, but didn’t.
Run 4 Miles (46:50): I ran the entire course, it wasn’t fast by any means, but it was running! I didn’t take water at the transition, however I did drink a cup and dump a cup on me at mile 1, at mile 3 I drank another cup. I was passed by plenty of runners but I didn’t let that get me down. Music was allowed on the run and I am very thankful for that! I needed it to keep going and stay positive.
- Have phone in my race belt and wear on the bike, not because I have to…but because I want my phone just in case.
- Pre-ride the bike AND run course.
- Put on socks for the run.
Do you have any questions about the race? I would love for more people to join me next year! This course was perfect for a beginner and the distances are reasonable enough even without a ton of training!