I had decided to race in the Athena division on Friday and heard conflicting announcements regarding which swim wave I should be in. I went up to one of the timing crew to ask for clarification before the first waves of the sprint started. Imagine my surprise, when he asked if I was my sister Lindsey's sister! The timing company for the race was from Oklahoma City and my nephew is friends with the children of Kevin on the timing crew. Such a small world sometimes!
The bike course is full of rolling hills and the first 4 miles are mainly uphill. I saw my friend Kyla on the bike course...she had another commitment and could only stop by for the start of the race. I tried to pass more people than passed me. I made sure to drink and eat a couple gel chews on the bike. Around mile 10, is one of the largest hills that I have ever ridden. It is long and steep and in general sucks! I stayed positive and worked my way up it slow and steady. The last 4 miles rocked and were mostly downhill which is way more fun.
I have been dreading the run for weeks and that probably contributed to my struggles on the run. It was hot and sunny and my legs just weren't turning over and loosening up. I had to take walk breaks and hated doing it. The Rush team worked the water stop which is was at the 1 mile spot on the course so you hit it 2 times. My second time through got cheering from Mike via the bullhorn. On a side note...It is surprising that my first sport is my weakest...I have been running for 10 years and only picked up biking and swimming last year. I haven't trained as strong in the run this summer mainly because of the high heat we have had. I'm going to fix that before my late season triathlons!
|Me, AJ, and Britt post race!|