Sunday, August 21, 2016

Xterra Syracuse Triathlon 8/14/16 - Kara's race report

Xterra Syracuse Triathlon 8/14/16

After riding my road bike for most of the year, this triathlon caught my eye with a mountain bike and trail run.  Sometimes it's nice to race in the woods!  The triathlon look place at Green Lakes State Park.  The swim course was a short 400 yard course, that we did twice. This I was a little nervous about the mountain bike as I haven't ridden it a ton, and never in a race.  It turned out to be the perfect course for my comfort level with a lot of double track and some single track that wasn't too technical.  I found it a lot harder to pace myself on a mountain bike compared to on the road, so it took me a couple of miles to find my legs on the run. The 6 mile run course looped around the green lakes, and had some short but steep hills for extra fun. I ended up finishing 1st overall in my age group. Overall, I think this may have been one of my favorite triathlons. Nice venue, not an overwhelming number of racers (~120), and I really love trails. Hope to be back here next year! 

coming out from the swim!
finishing strong!
Kara 1st in age group!

great race!

Syracuse Ironman 70.3 June 19th, 2016 - Kara's race report

Syracuse Ironman 70.3 June 19th, 2016

Never having done a Half Ironman, I started training for this race in about February with my sister-in-law and teammate, Kathleen. The night before the race, we camped in my parent's RV right at the race site, the Jamesville Reservoir. With an early morning start, it was a huge advantage to be right at the park for an extra hour of sleep. The start of the swim started a bit rough, as I felt a bit crowded with limbs flying everywhere. For about the first 200 yards I was fighting the urge to panic and grab onto a kayak. I was repeating my "just keep swimming" mantra in my head and finally the swimmers started to spread out a bit. The rest of the 1.2 mile swim was uneventful, and I was relieved to finish a couple of minutes faster than my predicted time. Next came the 56 mile bike, starting with a steady 12 mile climb. The next 30 miles were steady rollers throughout the countryside of Onondaga County.  Just as your legs were starting to feel it, they threw one more steady uphill (Skyhigh Rd, aptly named), before the descent back to the park. I was glad when I safely crossed the railroad tracks just outside of the park that I managed to wipe out on a month prior during a training ride. I rolled into transition 5 minutes ahead of my schedule. I started out running well for the first 3 miles, until I hit the first hill. As temperatures reached 94, I knew it wasn't going to be a great running day. I accepted that I was going to be walking up the hills and running the rest of it. I couldn't have been more thankful to the best fan at the course, standing on top of the hill with a nice cold garden hose.  I finished with a total time of 6:47:24.  I was hoping to be faster, but I was more than happy to have finished!
Kara finishing 70.3!