- Sleeveless wetsuit was a good choice. Not cold at all and my crappy, impinged, left shoulder much appreciated it.
- Swim was changed to 2 loops from a 1 loop, confusing course. More "contact" (polite way of saying got run over, kicked in the head, scratched) in this swim than in any other race I've ever done. Including a mass start IM.
- Felt flat for the first loop, but found a bit of a groove on the second. Meh swim time, maybe the course was a bit long, as rumored.
- First 10 minutes of the bike were really good.
- Next 6+ minutes were spent on on the side of the road with a clusterfluff (no, I only *wish* it was the Ben and Jerry's variety) of a tire changing effort. Ending with an under-inflated front tire.
- Mentally blew it after the tire change. Checked out for a bit. Including another stop when I swore the tire was leaking again.
- Finally got pissed off at myself and my pity party and started to get my butt in gear. Too little too late, I fear. But I did manage to pass quite a few of the people who flew by while I was taking my unplanned rest break on the side of the road.
- Did not eat or drink enough on the bike. Too much time spent talking to myself I guess.
- Am still waiting for a *good* race on the new bike. Adjustment period has been much too long for my liking. Between fittings and mechanicals, I am less than pleased. Husband has already warned that I can not just replace it. (hee hee)
- The fit now feels pretty dang good at least.
- Coming off a bike under-fueled and with overly toasted legs does not lead to a good run.
- The last 1 - 1-1/2 miles were spent trying not to throw up. and trying to ignore my lightheadedness.
- The good news is that I did not pass out nor throw up. Nor pass out in my throw up.....oh, wrong story. Sorry.
- No PR, no course PR, nothing today. But if I subtract my rest period on the bike from my time, I would have had a course PR. So that's *something* I guess.
- On the run several people said something to me about my biking. I think maybe a woman standing on the side of the road (who was swearing, but only silently) makes an impression? Not sure. Impressed that I could actually change a tire? Who knows. Just kind of weird.
- One part of me is incredibly frustrated at my year so far. As I told my coach, even before this race, I feel like I've been "playing" with this new bike all year.
- Another part of me has moved on to the next race already. This one is done. And in the grand scheme, pfft.
- Onward and upward. Only one more sprint, then the big one, the half iron in September.
- Perhaps the new bike fit/mechanics will all come together for the half. Wouldn't that be nice.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
SV International Tri
A report of my participation in the Silicon Valley International Triathlon, in bullets (because I haven't posted in so long, I'm not sure I can string sentences together):
Posted by Kris at 9:02 PM