Yesterday bright and early I made the drive to Clermont, FL for the Central Florida Triathlon Series. This was race numero uno! I have a history with this race/series. This race is where I realized that biking is my weakest leg. And I’m not saying this as a bad thing, but just for purposes of embracing what I need to work on most. Plus….Clermont is full of hills and as you remember, hills and I just don’t see eye to eye!😉. I don’t train hils because I don’t like hills.
On to the race!
I got to Clermont super early, so I could get my packet and set up in transition. I was a little bummed because my friend and fellow TriGut (that’s our “team” name, because we TRY to get rid of our guts, but it ain’t really working!) Tracy wasn’t with us. She broke her collarbone in a bike accident at our last race in Maderia Beach. She’s so awesome and I really derive strength to do this just being around her! She’s so positive and her vibes and words replay in my mind when I’m racing. I’m missing her and can’t wait until she’s back at it!
My wave time was 7:36 am. All of us in the 40+ AG had pink caps😝, but I dealt with it!
Swim: 400 meters
The swim was in Lake Minneola, which surprisingly, I don’t mind. I had a good swim this race and I felt good coming out of the water.
Time – 8:10
I decided to not bike (or run for that matter) in socks. I just put on my bike shoes and out I went….
Bike: 10.4 miles
Oh….what can I say about this leg??? Clermont has a lot of hills and the first one was right at the beginning of the race! Really??? Then the course becomes flat as we rode around Lake Minneola. And.then.it.begins! Hills into the neighborhoods, hills around the neighborhood, oh my! I’m clipped in and I am freaking out because I feel like I can’t get up the hill! But I did. And then another hill comes and I have to walk up a portion because my legs are dying. I’m not the only one and I’m not the only one allowing F bombs drop all over the place! Then the “mamma jamma” hill is there that I have to go down first and then meet its partner on the way up. Down went well (with prayer) but up?? Not so much. Again, I wanted to walk up, so I try to get out of my clips while peddling up…and I fall! And the same place as last time!
This is minor in comparison with what Tracy had a few weeks ago!! But,damn, am I pissed!!! I have to conquer this hill becuae she and I will meet again in this series of 4. Maybe, I will get it right!! #prayforme. I’ll leave with a positive because a) it was a faster bike than the last time I did this course, even with walking and falling and b) NO FLAT TIRE!!!
Ok, so the run was faster than my last race but it still sucked!! It was so freaking HOT by time I got to the run, I had some walk breaks. I hated that!! But I found a lady to run with (a fellow F bomber from our bike) and we ran the last 1.5 mile together. And she helped me with a new phrase that I think shall be my mantra with all of these races from this point out…“I’m not here to COMPETE, I’m here to COMPLETE”. Well..honestly, I am here to compete, but just with myself and no one else! This is MY race!
Total time – 1:42:04
I was a little less than 2 minutes slower than Madeira Beach, so I am bummed! But I have to remember my bike was awesome at that race and this one…. I haven’t figured out a word for it!!😂
Fellow team member, Lori, placed 3rd in her AG! Not worthy of her friendship, either!! 😂😂
Another TriGut member (who just did a HIM in April, btw) Meghann, did a great job and this was her husband’s first triathlon today! He missed the podium by seconds….next time for sure!!
The medals were cute because you DO know it’s really all about the medal and the shirt, right??
I’m going to keep working on it and hopefully be successful. I will remember this is my race and I have nothing to prove to anyone but myself. I want to do well and improve….that is all I want!!
Triathlon #2 in the books and looking forward to #3 (but not those hills!!). Thanks Sommer Sports for putting on such a great race!!
Happy Sunday and thanks for reading!!❤️