I LOVE the course for this race. I work on Key Biscayne and often run over the big bridge the bike course goes over. Its just a beautiful way to spend the day. Not to mention Multirace makes racing possible for me by allowing you to volunteer to offset your race entry. For a Tough Chik on a budget, this is a dream come true.
My neighbor who was going to do the race with me ended up being on vacation, and poor Brad was stuck at home with the kids (on Fathers Day no less) so it was just me, myself and I. So the only pictures I have are the ones I took of myself. Sorry for the short angle! This is me on the beach, pre run. Again, it was such a beautiful morning!
The quarter mile beach run to transition, which had killed me the last time I did this course, was no big deal. I was just so stinking glad to be out of the water (read: not have drowned) that I was gloriously happy to run. And it helped boost my ego a bit to pass a couple of people. I took longer than I should have in transition--I had to mentally get over that awful swim and wasn't thinking as clearly as I should have been (thank you again horrible swim). I also won't make the mistake of messing with my cycling gloves again.
I went into the bike still a little inside my head, thinking about the swim. I was a bit worried about being the last person out on the course since I was in the 2nd to last wave to begin with and there weren't altogether that many people in my wave behind me, and chances were most of THEM had road bikes. My little hybrid is going downhill and is having shifting issues, so I spent more time messing with my gears than I should have. I didn't pass a single sole on the bike, and a bazillion road bikers wizzed by me. When I win the lotto my first purchase is going to be a nice road bike. (Hubs, who doesn't see the merit in road bikes, has stated I can continue dreaming on this issue).
Next challenge--up and down the Rickenbacker times 2 (Thanks Jess for the pic!)
The elevation gain of the Rickenbacker Causeway wasn't a big deal--thank you Thomas and all those hours spent in the spin room at the Y with no A/C. And whizzing down the bridge at 35+ miles per hour was just freaking exhilerating. The ride up the 2nd time was a little tougher, thanks to that pesky wind again. It would have gone faster if I had been able to get off my seat, but for whatever reason the gears on my bike slip whenever I stand up. So I just pushed through it in my seat. The wind was so strong I actually had to PEDAL on the way back down (and actually felt like I was pushing something), if that gives you any indication. The rest of the ride flew by quick.
I was in and out of transition quickly, and passed quite a few people who had to switch out shoes there. The run, which killed me last time I did this race, was so not a big deal. I wasn't worried about beating anyone at this point, so I just ran for the fun of running. That pesky wind, which had caused me some trouble up to that point, kept the run course cool and fast. I passed quite a few people who were run/walking (something I don't enjoy that often), and even found a running buddy for the last half to shoot the breeze with. That helped pass the time and before I knew it, the finish line was around the corner. I finished strong and was pleased to have finished at all, given the trouble during the swim. And we got the CUTEST finisher medals ever, in the shape of a turtle. The kids were fighting over it the minute I walked in the door :-)
Splits shaped up like this:
Swim - 15:57 (Seriously, HOW HORRIBLE IS THAT????)
T1 (which includes beach run, I think) - 6:54
Bike (10 miles) - 49:17
T2 - 1:24
Run (5K) - 35:39
Total time: 1:49:01.83
I came in 4/5 in my division. I really wanted to improve on my last time from this race (1:40), but I actually beat a couple of the people who finished ahead of me in terms of the run (again, not something I am used to). I know I need to work on my swimming between now and July (Yes, I am glutton for punishment and can't wait to register for the 2nd race in the series)--namely my swimming. I also want to get cages on my pedals. I had bought some for this race, but Brad couldn't get one of my pedals off. I also plan on actually spending more time on my bike before the next race--especially on the bridge.
I wasn't last, but it was a close thing . . .(497th of 511 overall and 145th of 150). I can honestly say that I REALLY, REALLY don't care though, because its an accomplishment no matter what. And slow is better than not at all. So you can bet I'll be back out there next month. Even given the crappy swim, tris are still my most favorite kinds of races. There is a lot to improve on, and I KNOW my time will be better next race.