Other recommended title - "You Ran a 5K How Slow???????"
Pre - got there in plenty of time especially since I did package pick up on Sat. I ate 1/2 a bagel and a pancake. How cool is the Team Z grill when you can order pancakes?! Got transition set up, into the wet suit (pissed that there's a cut almost all the way through), and took a practice swim. Water wasn't near as bad as Mooseman and I did that in a sleeveless wetsuit.
Swim - 17:08 - 8/26 Age Group - Out to the first buoy was bad. I couldn't get my heart rate down or get into the groove. Once I made the turn I was good to go. Still thought I was creeping along and realized there is a HUGE difference between pool swimming and open water. Note to self: Must spend more time in OW before IMS. It was the straightest I've ever swum though.
T1 - 1:52 - 2/26 Age Group- My best event in triathlon - TRANSITION!
Bike - 42:06 - 9/26 Age Group- Went two minutes slower then the relay on Saturday - proof to Robin and Jason that I really did give it my all on Saturday. Note to self: Must ride lots and lots and lots more hills before IMS.
T1 - 1:39 - 14/26 Age Group- I think it took longer to rack my bike then anything else. I hate when people don't rack their bike correctly. I'm always tempted to take the time and toss it over the fence. (And I know it was racked wrong because I had the end spot and his bike was above my stuff).
Run - I don't even want to type the time - 34:56 (seriously!) - 20/26 Age Group - EVERY STEP HURT. I started with a very slow run and realized I could walk faster then I was running. I also could not catch my breath. Heidi was my hero and got me to start running again while she coached me on breathing. Finally was able to breathe and I ran with her for awhile. Again, EVERY STEP HURT so I decided to walk the hills. With Tim Gretin on my heels, I ran most of the return, running up the hills as far as I could, then walking the crests. Right before getting back to the woods I looked at my watch and it said 32 minutes. I actually said out loud - "are you fricking kidding me"? Pushed myself to run and even made a lame attempt to sprint the finish. Still appalled at the time - that's my marathon pace!!!!
There were 3 distinct times during this race when I asked myself WTF was I thinking for signing up for Ironman. Then I remembered, different race, different strategy.
I am also embarrassed to think that my goal for this was to "smoke a sprint distance". The only smoke there was when I burned out on the run.
As usual, Team Z support before, during, and after the race was incredible. I was sorely disappointed in my race and many team mates pointed out all the positives and helped me get back to my real focus - Ironman! This race was a freebie.
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