|WARM WATER, 80 degrees and no wetsuit.|
I didn't expect much, hadn't swam for 6 weeks or so since my last triathlon (Rev3 Quassy). Ended up 29:xx which I was very pleased with, probably my best effort at sighting ever...
In for a quick T1 and off to catch up to the two waves or so which started behind me and passed me in the water....
|Off to what was the biggest surprise of the day.|
OK, on to the surprise, once I got onto the highway I started to feel better and better, slowly picking people off and checking time gaps at the turn around. I headed into T2 and ended up turning the 2nd fastest bike split of the day.....1:04:xx and >23 mph.
|Onto the run with a smile, thing maybe this is my favorite part of the race?|
Blazing T2 (after I scared the crap out of the relay teams that were using my bike rack to hang around on while they waited for their cyclist) and I was off on the run. Didn't feel super strong, but kept chugging away. The run is two laps as well and it's a great mental boost for me to keep reeling people in.
|The finish line is in sight......|
|Ahh, sweet finish.|
Bad news was, that was the last time I would ride my bike for another 2+ weeks after a relapse of the infection... :-(
So, no running or riding for a couple of weeks (made for a fun vacation as well). BUT, I had signed up for a local first time half marathon since I knew there was no way I was trained enough to do REV3 Maine (which was probably the race I was most excited about going into this year).
It was a great race, well organized and back for their second first attempt (that make sense?) at the race. Last year Hurricaine Irene spoiled their plans, but they wouldn't give up.
I had no expectations, or no idea how my body would react after all of my down time and medication. So I took it out easy, but felt pretty good. First six miles I was running an average of 6:05 or so, but then the wheels fell off.... It was a tough course (1,100' of elevation gain), but I just had nothing and was reduced to walking on two of the hills.
|Mile 12, looks like my next step is into the grave!|
I contemplated stopping, walking back....but after doing the math I figured I could get back to my car faster if I just stuck it out. And I survived....2nd overall nonetheless. Time was a dismal 1:25, but I'll take it. Just don't remind me that I ran the run course at day 2 of Quassy (just as hilly) after a 1.2 swim / 56 bike in nearly the same time!
|Sweet finish line...what was I thinking?|
All in all it was a great event, well run and organized. I'm glad to support a local race in our back yard.