I have NOT been training for fast. I have been training for long for a long time- it seems. So when my training partner said we should do this sprint tri I only agreed because it's somewhat longer than the standard sprint, and the next available OLY in my area is Sept.
We arrived early, as I like it and got to walk around a lot- check out the water which was calm, but really dirty. This is in an area with lots of refineries one can see driving up and in the distance. I was glad to come out of the water without an extra appendage, and it didn't build my confidence when I saw the big dead fish lying dead at the swim finish. blech! It was my first run in race- I LIKED it. I lined up in the front of my wave which was ALL women, clydesdales, athenas, relays, and stragglers, I guess. I hit some traffic and the bouys were set up in a way that made it difficult to distinguish b/t the going out bouys and the coming back bouys, so I got off course a little, but whatever.
1000m swim: 20:20 (not my best swim :(...) 3rd in my AG
T1: 1:02 (happy with this!)
Bike: I liked the course. It was good freeway ride, fast, a couple "hills", I went back and forth with a girl who I know is super fast, so I felt confident, until she said she was stung by a jellyfish in the swim and she's "deathly allergic".
18mi bike: 50:44 2nd in AG (22mph) VERY happy with THIS!
T2: 1:15 (such a noob error- I went to the wrong rack twice before I found my spot, DOH!)
Run: I felt good throughout. I wanted to push, but I wasn't sure how hard for 5 mi. I took in a gel at 11mi on the bike and I didn't know if it would last through the run. I looked at my watch for approximate splits at each mi marker and I kept getting faster (Yippee!) I had my sights on a girl wearing a IM canada jersey from the start of the run (in my AG). At a 1/4 mi to the finish I picked it up and passed her, but she was right on my tail. When I took the last turn before the finish line, I heard footsteps behind me, and thought "OH. NO. YOU. DON'T!" and sprinted to the finish. She finished 1 second behind me WOO!HOO!
5mi run: 39:30 4th in AG (8:02 avg) VERY happy with THIS!
Finish time: 1:52:53 2nd AG :)