You know what time it is??? Triathlon Season! (Well….at least for me it is!). Sunday was my first race of the season
Maderia Beach Triathlon in (you guessed it) Maderia Beach, FL. This is about 20 minutes outside of St.Peterburg. I’d never been to this beach town, but that’s not surprising either!😂 #nolife
I was able to race with a few friends this time and we stayed on that end of town to get away from an early wake up AND a drive!! Plus, we were able to get our race packets earlier and save that hassle and time of picking it up race morning!
We settled in at the hotel and decided to head to the hotel lobby bar for some Pre-Tri warm up and preparations…
I’m the Stella, by the way!
And we had an amazing sunset…
I love Florida sunsets!!
Hubs does a lot of work in Florida since he’s a General Contractor. He suggested Mario’s for us to try. Mario’s is a cute little “Mom and Pop” Italian resturant with a wonderful menu. I had the Baked Ziti- Ziti pasta mixed with marinara, ricotta and parmesean cheese and then baked. It was so delicious! The only down side was I haven’t eaten cheese in a while and my stomach was like “WTF??”. But it was worth it!! As usual, Hubs was SPOT ON with his food suggestion! Not only does he know how to build, but my man knows his food!!
It was an early evening for us because we had an early wake up! But….let me tell you that on our way to our room, we got stuck in the elevator for 15 minutes. I can check that off my list of “Things done during this lifetime“✔️
Wake up time was 4:40 am because we wanted to get parking and in the transition area without any issues.
Hello,Moon!! Where’s you other half??
Just in case you wanted to know what’s going on here in the transition area:
- Bike is in the rack
- Helmet is out
- Cycling shoes and socks
- Running shoes
- Race bib on race belt
- Towel to give some resemblance of drying off in between legs
It makes me ready!!
We walk down the beach to the swim start. It’s almost 1/2 mile, I would guess. We see our other ladies and it’s game time! 7:00 am sharp start for the first wave (Elite and 19 and under participants). Two of our friends are in Wave 2 (7:03 am start) and Tracy and I are in Wave 3 (7:06 am start). Then the unimaginable happens! The announcer comes in the PA and announces that we have to move out cars because a certain grocery store (ahem..WINN DIXIE…ahem) was going to have our cars towed; even the Sheriff Office wasn’t going to be able to stop them. Really??? REALLY???! We all had to move out cars and vie for limited spaces and get back the start in 30 minutes for the race start. What????
Swim 🏊🏽 .25 mile
The swim eventually started and all my blue cap-ers (40-49 AG) went in the water. Let me say, the water was extremely choppy. The swim to the first buoy was a challenge because I was swimming against the current. Eventually I was parallel to the shore but swimming as the current is crashing against you is not fun. Let me give you a visual- you know when you see surfers swimming out to catch a wave and as they are swimming, their bodies are being pushed up and then crashing down a wave? That was ME! Another item of the life list! ✔️.
T1 – 2:12.2
Bike🚴🏽 10 miles
Let me say that this bike was the best ever! Why, you ask? I started out unlike my last two races…my tire wasn’t FLAT!! So I started out great! 😂. But in all seriousness, this was a great course with two bridges (that weren’t as bad as I usually make them out to be!). I felt good about this ride, which I never have!! But I am looking forward to more like it!
T2 – 1:46.1
Run 🏃🏽 3.1 miles
This was the worst 5k ever! It was the slowest because the course was on the beach. There was packed sand but it wasn’t really low tide by the time I began running. I’m dodging the waves and eventually the uneven sand. My IT band felt tight and I think my patellar tendinitis might act up again. I shall say for this race, there were many walk breaks! Beach racing is a deal breaker for me….won’t be doing this again!
Time: 46:43 (gag!!!)
Total Time – 1:40.26
All and all, I was pleased with this finish (despite the fact that my run was awful!). This was my starting point, so I know what I have to work on for the next race. I can do better!
As I was getting my stuff together to go home, I looked down at my legs…
I figured it is a triathlon after all, you should have tri-colored legs, too,right? 😂. My next investment will be a tri kit with better coverage!
My next race is June 4 in Clermont, FL. Time to get moving, because hey…
What did you do this weekend?