Well....this is the 1st race I REALLY suffered in. I love training, love racing, but this hurt. I really wanted a PR, but kinda thought it was unlikely from the time I saw that my wave started almost a FULL 2 HOURS from transition closing.
there was a lot of hanging out and waiting at the start.
My swim went pretty well, I got tossed around a bit, but I was out in 35:01. I felt good throughout.
3:30 transition (I need gloves on if it's that long)
I don't know WHAT happened to me on the bike. I went out feeling weird. My quads felt weak, and then at mile 20, my right hip kinda seized all the way around my leg and my groin muscles felt so tight. I kept looking down at my saddle, at my bike, it was BIZARRE! I kept thinking, "Is THIS my saddle? Maybe I grabbed the wrong bike?!" I literally felt like my saddle was made of wood. I have NEVER had any issue with it before. UGH! I was in tears from the pain and frustration by mile 26, got it together and figured, I could either quit, or suck it up, with absolutely NO power in my legs and just chug along as ALLLLLL these 35-39 year old passed by me, sigh! So stubborn me, I just ticked down the miles at around 17.5 mph avg and got it done. Total bummer. I think my bike time was around 3:11 and change.
T2 2 min. and change
I was so freakin glad to get off the bike and my run started off well. I felt really strong the 1st 2 loops, but it was getting soooo hot. It was past noon by then, and even though the sunscreeners got me on the way out for the bike and run, all the water I poured on myself took it's toll and I was feeling burnt (I am a complete mess now). By the 3rd loop, I was falling apart, and apparently, the race was too, b/c I was hearing some volunteers at an aid station call out "SAVE YOUR CUPS!" REALLY?! By the 4th loop, I was cooked, dehydrated, basically a piece of beef jerky. I had tunnel vision, I had to stop and puke. Good times. And at that point, there was no way in H3LL anyone was draggin me off the course, so I chugged along, and finished.
Now comes my rant/whinefest...I don't know my run time OR official finish time (my watch said 6:01 at the finish line, so we'll go with that) b/c I think they turned off the clock around 7 hours and 30 minuted after the race officially began b/c no one in the later wave starts that finished after that time got complete results. I HOPE that this was accidental, but irritating regardless. And what I found equally as annoying, was that when I finally recovered enough to get my a$$ off the grass at the finish line area and make my way to the food, they had JUST run out of pizza. I thought I would cry. I mean, if they are gonna have a 2 hour swim start window, you'd think they would at least take care of the people they screwed at the finish line.
The truth of the matter is, as I said before, I LOVE racing, and training and this lifestyle and the people involved and even though my race sucked, I feel so lucky to have been able to be out there, uninjured, enjoying my sport. (but it feels good to whine and rant to people who care :)