Green River Rampage Olympic Tri
Woke up, breakfast, coffee, left.
Half way to the race start I realized I had forgotten my helmet! Crap. As soon as we pulled up I saw a nice looking couple and ask them if they had an extra…. Turns out at that moment my Life Savor, Stephan, was deciding between regular or Aero helmet – I made his decision easy :)
Checked in and transition set up
**Side note, LOVE this race company. Super organized with everything. You have assigned spots, with a nice name tag, and underneath your name it reads the reason you ‘Tri’. Mine said to 'Build The Machine'
15 minute run with 4, 30 sec. strides
15 minute bike with accelerations
Drove upstream to race start – Made friends with the couple that lent me the helmet who were super nice. Learned he had completed several Ironman’s with great times.
You have about a ¾ mile walk through corn fields to get to the start. This walk really calmed my nerves. At the start, I jumped in for a quick 5 min. warm-up swim. The water was SO hot… think 73-75 so I decided to go without the wetsuit.
--Started in the 2nd row
We didn’t have to tread water because the water level was so low everyone was standing. Start was like any other swim start: head kicking, smacks, until each of us could get into our groove. Felt pretty great the whole time. I focused on quick arm turnover and keeping my legs straight and high up in the water. For all but 1 section, this was a straight shot swim, so spotting was not an issue. Throughout the swim I saw several people just walking because the water was so low. I am not counting this is a swim PR because there was a current. It seemed like I was not in the water for more than 5 minutes before I saw the red swim exit signs. I should have been pushing harder throughout the swim because my breathing was just 'normal' when I got out.
First ever transition that went so smooth – I did everything in the order I had mentally practiced. Shoes (No socks)> Garmin > Race belt > Helmet > Glasses > GO
Teresa had told me to make sure I stay in race mode and that is what I did on the bike. I was most happy with my performance on the bike. I never stopped pushing. Course was relatively flat with 2 main climbs. Can I tell you how good it feels to pass men with their gorgeous bikes, and super fancy helmets, and loud tires? :) Having the fast men and this one super fast girl really pushed my inner competitor on the course.
-I had been working on passing this one man; once I finally did I took a wrong turn and went about .25 off course. Whoops!
-I need to practice turning around cones. There were 2 cones on this course to turn around and I about fell over on both of them
-Stayed in aero 95% of the time
-2.5 Gels: 1 at start, 1 30 minutes in, and ½ a gel at 1 hour
-1 Bottle with Poweraid Zero and 3 scoops of IP Perform throughout the ride
**Could have used ½ another bottle of just water
Smooth transition as well. Bike stuff off, grabbed visor and 1 gel.
Run PR :)
7:48pace (7:44, 7:47, 7:50, 7:43, 7:53, 7:44)
I was a little disappointed with this run. I wanted to sub 45 – the 90 degree heat killed me. My legs never felt super heavy from the bike I just felt like I was sweating to death. The run was cross country style 2-loop which I have never ran on a course of that type before. I thought I was going to like running on the grass but I was not a fan. I wore my Brooks Pure Connect which I love on the pavement but the uneven terrain and wet ground was not meant for these shoes. About ½ way through the run, a blister started on the bottom of my foot from the water and mud getting into my shoe. Each aid station I took 2 cups of water, drank 1 and 1 went over my head. Took in 1 gel, 1/2 at the beginning and 1/2 at mile 4.
A buff 51 years young woman took first female with 2:12. I hope I am like her at that age. Top male, BJ Christensen (1:54) is a freaking rock-star. My dad and I ran into him at the gas station after the race... such a down to earth, nice guy. Since my opinion matters to him, I think he should turn pro. :)
2:57:37 > Lake Powell Oly October 2011
2:21:57 > 36 min PR!:)
1/10 Age Group
....Lake Stevens 13 days!