Sarah (aka Pharmie) checks in with a recent race report and continuing her mission to introduce new triathletes into the sport. Read on for all the details:
I checked off Waseca Sprint Triathlon off of my list of "I've always wanted to do that one" races. The race itself was beautiful. It was a gorgeous course, and Final Stretch, one of our local race companies, always puts on well-run, fun races. I was extra extra excited to be doing this race with my brother Matt and his girlfriend, Angela. Steve and I got Matt to the start line of his first tri 3 seasons ago, and now he was passing what he'd learned onto her. Steve and I managed to peel ourselves away from Olympic coverage by 10 PM. Henry was up for a quick snack at 11:45, and our alarm went off at 4 AM. We finished packing the car, woke Henry, gave him a quick snack, and loaded him into his car seat still wearing his jammies. We were off by 5. Parking near the race site was plentiful; we found a spot only 2 blocks away and were in transition by 6:30. Steve was my sherpa and baby wrangler. He had help. His parents also came to cheer and my mom came, too. After 9 seasons, she was finally going to be able to see me race! We found Matt and Angela, I set up my transition, then gave Henry a little Mama time.
|Matt, Angela, Me, and Henry the Future Triathlete|
|Out of the water. I LOVE the quick release on my wetsuit!|
The Bike: My CD.01 rides like a dream, and I felt great. I definitely need to get in a few more hills before my next race. I got passed several times on the uphills, but I always caught them back on the downhills. I hit the turn around with an 18.7 MPH average, and that was against a little wind. I jostled back and forth with several other bikers, joking with them and encouraging them each time. I was hammering, and I hoped that my marathon training would get me through the run. My Joule showed a 19 mph average just before I dismounted. After I ran up through the grass to transition, it dropped to an 18.2 mph average.
|Just off the bike heading up to transition!|
- I saw Mark, the race director, after the race. He asked how it went, and I told him truthfully that I wondered at mile one of the run if EVERY one of his races is this beautiful. From what I've seen, it's the case. Plus, they are so beginner friendly. I really love Final Stretch races.
- My run speed is FINALLY coming back! Well, speed for me anyway. I'm seeing low 8s again, and it makes me SO happy! Intervals and distance are paying off.
- This race was on my bucket list because I'd heard great things about it, even though it's only a few years old. I would love to come back next year to do the 1/3 iron distance. It's a fun, unique distance.
- Angela had a blast! She's already signed up for her next race in two weeks. Go Angela!