Sunday, April 24, 2016

Half Moon Bay "Super" Sprint: My first podium!

Last weekend, I did my first triathlon of the season, the Half Moon Bay Super Sprint. I'm not exactly sure why it was called a Super Sprint since it was basically as long as a regular Sprint. Well, the swim was only .33 miles but it was .35 up to the transition area, the bike was 11 miles and the run was the standard 5k.

Anyway...

I don't normally race this early in the season but I have wanted to podium at a triathlon for a while. I've done it in other kinds of races -- running, AquaBike, OWS, and Aquathlon -- but never a triathlon. This race is new and usually cold so I was confident that almost no one would show up in my age group. Of course, this means it was beautiful weather and more people signed up than normal. But I still managed to beat two of the people in my age group for a second place finish! I was so happy.


I had a decent race too. It was hard to judge the swim because I forgot to look at my watch existing the water and then there was that long run. But I felt good even running up to T1. My T1 was a bit awkward, longer then normal, though. I was happy with my bike -- it was much faster than I expected as the course was very fast. I was still last in my age group on the bike which means I really need to improve there. It probably didn't help that I hadn't biked in three weeks before that, only done Spin classes. T2 was also a bit longer than usual because when I got back there was a bike in my spot! Then my run was fine. I beat my time goals on that too and felt good enough to really race to the finish line.

In the end, as annoyed as I was with my transitions, I only beat the third place finisher because mine were better than hers. So I guess they weren't that horrible even if there is room for improvement.

My next triathlon isn't until June but I'm doing two running races in May. I feel basically prepared for them even though I've been slacking off in my long runs. I made myself run 12 miles today and now I'm going to start tapering. As soon as they are over, it's back to triathlon though and I plan to do a ton of biking. I'm tired of being the last in from the bike!
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