I talked my husband into also registering for the triathlon a month in advance, which was a big help, so now we both had each other to motivate into training. We signed up for the weekly open water swims (OWS) with the triathlon club. (Already a step in the right direction since last year, I only got into the water twice before I did the triathlon!) The OWS practices were a huge help as it gave us a feel for what it would be like on race day swimming with other people running into each other and dealing with waves and sighting the boueys.
As co-VP of the TVC time trials, I also scheduled a few time trials on the bike course so we had some practice on the course already and knew what gears to be in and where I could make up time pedaling high cadense in the hardest gear on the downhills & flats where many triathletes are coasting.
I was very excited to have my teammates- Dana Cooreman, Kelley Hamlin, Heather Ludwig, and Tiffany Grygus racing along with me and also to have our injured mates- Ariana Rife and Sue Foster there cheering us on.
We arrived over an hour early to find most everyone already there and quickly fililng up the transition area, we hurried and found spots in the bike racks and started pulling out the necessary items, wetsuit, goggles, helmets, sneakers...then Pat tells me my cycling shoes are missing. How could that be!? I always keep 2 pair of shoes in the van and have NEVER forgotten shoes! He tells me I have an hour, plenty of time to go back home for them. I speed home, grab my 3rd pair that are always ready and waiting in the garage and made it back with 10 minutes to spare! I still had to get my wetsuit on and cap and goggles! By now, I am a total mess, trying to pin my number on because I couldn't find my race belt in the messy van from throwing things around looking for the shoes. I see my wonderful teammates who give me much needed hugs and support and encouragement and some words of advice from Shirley Elliott, what a super woman she is, so calming and friendly and understanding.
I get all ready, head to beach and find out they are starting the women 3 minutes after the men take off YAY! Less bodies to navigate through! Ready Set Go, we all enter the water, .....now , I'm NOT a swimmer, I went to high school with no pool, I grew on a farm, we didn't take vacations, no pool, no beach. Last year I ended up doing a variety of swim strokes and spent half the time on my back in the water recovering and breathing. This year, I stuck to what I did best, side stroke, that way I could breathe anytime and not panic. I felt so relaxed, I finished the swim 3 minutes faster than last year!
Had a slower transition this year, I think next year, I will skip the socks and gloves! My bike time is always fun, since I'm so slow swimming, I start behind many, many people on the bike and since the bike is my strength, I get to pass many, many people :) This makes it a little challenging though as there is no drafting and the course is open to traffic and there is a tricky turnaround on a fast downhill, so I had to slow down to avoid drafting some riders nearing the turnaround and wait for traffic to go by before passing. Overall , I was pleased with my bike time since it was the 2nd fastest women's bike time, and very pleased that the fastest time was by my teammate, Dana! Awesome ride Dana!
The run portion of the triathlon is the hardest, the sun was blazing, we have to climb a very steep grassy dam at the end of the reservoir and run the distance of the dam in no shade, it was hard!
The best part is being able to see and cheer on the runners in front and behind you as is it an out and back course and hear the great music and announcer at the finish. Overall, I was 2 minutes faster than last year! What a great day :) Oh, I forgot to mention that my 2 pair of shoes were in the van after all, lesson learned, never let someone else freak you out, take your time and get your own things in order :)
Congratulations to everyone, there were 173 finishers! and super congrats to my teammates!
Kelley Hamlin- 1st masters woman- 4th female
Dana Cooreman- 1st in her age group- 6th woman (fastest bike)
Marsha Kapinus- 1st in age group- 20th woman (2nd fastest bike)
Heather Ludwig- 3rd in age group- 22nd woman
Tiffany Grygus- 7th in age group- 37th woman out of 54
Congrats also to the guys in our group!
Mike Grygus- 1st overall ! Way to go!
Jon Murray- 2nd in age group, 5th male
Tim Leonard- 1st in age group, 13th male
Pat Kapinus- 4th in age group, 31st male out of 94
Mike Guenther- 3rd in age group- 46th male
Dick Litzel- 1st in age group