Race morning I showed up to a sea of orange - the team had a few first timers which is awesome. I'm almost jealous of them as you never have your first race again and it's so fun, you'll always remember it - the nerves, the excitement - it was great to be apart of and enjoy their experience with them (see my first race here). The swim was spectacular, calm, warm - at the end I was a little too warm which has never happened to me. It is amazing how every time in the swim I think to myself, "I need to get in the pool more, I need to do more swim training - I swear I'll do more before the next race". Does that happened to everyone or does everyone else actually train?
The bike was a little harder than I expected but still nice - it was a little boring but was way more exciting by looking for other teammates. I found Roni but of course she was on her 2nd lap and then she sped right past me - seeing her speed is simply inspiring. I love that she's older than I am as that gives me great hope that I can work hard to become her! Kevin gave me a bike goal to maintain 17 MPH for the race - my watch read 16.9 average at the end, so damn close!
I've been working on my run for awhile - trying harder and harder to get faster, it's certainly not easy but when I started with a 12:00/mile pace there is really no choice but to get faster. I can't possibly get slower. I was hoping for a 30:00 5k but off the bike I knew that wouldn't be easy. Since the run was out and back I was able to see every single teammate either going or coming with each hand slap it gives you a little extra pep in your step. A little ice would have also given me a little more pep as hot water on a hot day doesn't make me all that happy.
The night before we decided Kevin would stay at his brother's house with the kids - the parking and walking to the race is such a hassle with the kids, they complain the whole time, it was hot, yadda, yadda, yadda. I figured since the entire team was there this would be the race for the kids to stay home. As I ran through the finish shoot (which was awesome!) I heard Charlotte screaming for me and I turned to see my whole family! They are so damn cute (5 minutes after I finished they were whining to leave, they were hungry and then complained the entire walk back to the car...but as I finished it was cute for a whole 2 minutes!) and I have a picture to prove it:
As for my goals: finish under 2:00, actual finish time 1:55! Goal run time was 30:00, actual was 31:38 - you win some, you lose some! I was really happy with my overall time and can finally see that work in training it starting to show - finally.
Can't wait for New Jersey State Triathlon in 4 weeks - time to get in the pool and do those training swims I promised myself!