One Triathlon a month June, July and August is what I put on the calendar. The culmination is my first Olympic distance tri this weekend!! But I’m getting ahead of myself, here’s a race report from the Pterodactyl Sprint Tri in Brighton at the Island Lake Recreation Area.
Water in the tiny lake was, of course, too warm for a wetsuit this time of year, so I had to depend on myself to not drown! I had really worked hard on my swim in the month before this tri, so I was anticipating a much faster time. Although I think I did have a much stronger swim, there were actually some waves (kinda sorda) that were slowing me way down on the last leg back into the shore. I was quite surprised as I have never swam against anything. The little pond/lake that I swim is always as calm as an indoor pool! Still a strong swim and I bested my last PR. AND the biggest achievement for me… I was not the slowest in my age group!!
My transitions were really tight this race. One minute and 55 seconds. Was very glad to see my lack of transition practice didn’t hurt me. The bike was very good. I increased my speed from the last race and took about a minute off. On to the run. I decided for such a short race I would try my new Huaraches. I got soooooo many comments about them. HA! I never knew they would be such a big deal. They took time off my transition, but I suffered a bit on the run with them. At about 2 miles my feet told me that they did not like the new shoe choice. Oh well, I walked for a brief second until someone passed and told me to keep pushing. Good sentiments and I decided to override my feet’s complaints. I finished with a new PR, but not the strong finish that I’d had a month before. Very happy to have a new time to beat but, the best part was having my very good friends there to cheer me on and then join me out for dinner and beers!
Absolutely using my running shoes for the Olympic distance this weekend. The extra 30 seconds in transition will hopefully be made up on the run! No walking!