I’ve been absent this weekend because I’ve been racing. Saturday was my last big triathlon for the season, the Lake George Olympic distance triathlon. It was a 0.9 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike and 6.2 mile run. To be honest, I stink at race recaps. So rather than running you through the blow-by-blow of a report, I’ll sum the race up with the good, the not so good and the ugly.
The good ……….
*I had a ton of great friends at the race. This is always a huge plus in my book. Lots of support on the course, cheering me on.
Everyone is smiling…. clearly pre-race
*I survived the swim. I had a slow swim, but on the upside, never once did I panic or feel as though I couldn’t breathe. While slow, I take that as a huge plus.
*The race support was phenomenal. Seriously, I highly recommend this race or the Big George to anyone who is looking to race a very well run triathlon. The support was f fantastic and the volunteers were amazing! They kept me going with all of their kind words.
*The fried dough! For some funny reason the reward for finishing the race was a complimentary fried dough. This fried dough was some of the best I’ve ever had. More about that later.
Mmmm, fried dough!
*I did it. Not that I thought I couldn’t, but it always feels amazing to cross the finish line. So I owe a big thank you to all of the people who helped me to get across that line. You know who you are!
The not so good…….
*As I mentioned above, my swim was slow. One of my big goals for the winter is to get much better at swimming. I am now comfortable in the water but I really need to work on not being last. (I wasn’t last but I felt like it!)
*My bike needs to get into the shop! I rode the course with a wobbly wheel and funny shifting gears. I’ve been riding it like this for a couple of weeks so it was nothing new, but enough is enough already. Time to get it addressed!
*Transitions…… while not super slow, I need to find my speed laces, pre-load my fuel belt with gu and some other additional things that should pay off in transition.
* I didn’t eat breakfast….. Um, whaaa? Sounds logical right? Heading into a sizable race it does seem intelligent to just not bother to eat. Saaaaaaaaa-mart. Yes.
*I didn’t pre-load my race belt with gu. I did shove two gu’s into my tri top jersey prior to the swim. Nice idea. Around mile 10 on the bike I ate one. Figured I would save the other for the run. When I got to an aid station on the run, I reached back to grab the gu and it wasn’t there. I checked all the pockets…… multiple times. No go. I realized then that it must have come out when I took off my wetsuit. I really needed this nutrition…… This also explains why the fried dough was so good. I was starving! I’m still not sure how I did a 3+ hour race on 1 gu. Crazy sauce.
So that’s what I have. This race was incredibly well run and I will definitely either do this exact one again next year to better my time or I may move up to the Big George. Either way, I really have to hand it to the race organizers, volunteers and my peeps. You all made for a fantastic weekend for my first olympic distance triathlon! Thank you!!