Unlike the “unlucky” #133 from my last race (only because it was a cancelled race…you see I’m still bitter, right??😉), this number lead to a RACE! It was bound to be good because that’s my age! 43, NOT 430!!
Let me take you on a walk through triathlon day….
Wake up: 4:00 am comes REALLY early!! Thankfully all is packed in my car the night before, all I need was a brush of the teeth, hair in a ponytail, deodorant and my suit and shorts. I grabbed an apple, protein bar, and my Tervis tumbler full of water…Clermont is a good hour and 20 minutes (-ish) from where I live in Valrico. I wanted to make sure I got my packet and got a good spot in the transition area. Little known fact…I’ve been a little
tardy to the transition and get the sucky spot between other bikes! Race time: I was the powder blue cap group (women 40 and over) with a wave time of 7:34am. And we are OFF….
- Swim: 440 yards in Lake Minneola. The water was perfect but that orange buoy that I had to swim to seems VERY far away! I managed to catch up (and surpass-YAY!) the wave ahead of me. Time-9:12
- Bike: 11 miles around Lake Minneola with some HILLS in the residential parts of Clermont. This is a JEM….I found out a little les than half way through the the bike, that I HAD A FLAT!!!!
- What’s a girl to do?? I pedaled for my life, that’s what I did and finished that damn bike on one tire! I am the queen of flat tires because it happened in my last race!! I checked EVERYTHING-the day before and when got there! It’s a sign to get better at biking by learning HOW to bike well and HOW to change a flippin’ tire!! #bikeLOSER. Another JEM…I couldn’t ascend up the HUGE hill towards the end of the bike. As most had to do, I wanted to get off the bike and walk up the small part remaining hill. Well….I had trouble getting my left foot out of the clip and I couldn’t pedal any more….and…..wait for it…..I fell off my bike! 😂 #classicME. Time-55:46
- T2: 2:50
- Run: 5k out and back in the South Lake Trail. My legs = BRICKS! Particularly peddling this ass on one functioning tire for about 5-6 miles! I really didn’t care what my pace was, I just wanted to finish!
- FINAL TIME: 1:48:15
I wouldn’t be…or better yet COULDN’T be mad at my time. Considering my training for this race was shitty (not spotty or shotty) at best. I am 10-12 minutes slower than my last race but I was prepared for that race. This was a “life got in the way and I squeezed in what I could” race.
Off I go to work on the next race….
How was your Saturday?