Sunday, July 29, 2012

Evergreen Sprint Tri race report

This is a little fuzzy but I do want to get it down so  I'll do the best I can...just like I did at the tri. :) It also contains some of the worst pictures I've ever seen...but well what's a blog post with no pictures? :)

The alarm went off early...way early. I was a little worried about parking since it was pretty limited . It was a small tri 215 finishers, but also only one way in and one way with a 45 minute drive and a 5:00 transition opening I was up around 3:45. I tried to choke down a peanut butter and banana sandwich but was feeling pretty sick to my stomach. Nerves.  I arrived and got the closest parking I have ever had for a tri. I was literally parked right next to the transition area. It was great. It was a very cool morning. I met up with Aimee and Kathleen and we got all set up.

Me, Aimee and Kathleen

With out a doubt one of the worst pics of me I've ever seen...we were all cold and barley awake

After getting our transition areas set up we went and sat in my car to keep warm. Lucky for us due to some very warm temps around Colorado the water was actually around 67 I think..almost unheard of for Evergreen.

The swim: 18:27
We were all in the last wave. I've finally managed to find a pair of goggles that don't fog and don't leak and what a difference it makes for sighting! On the other hand because I could see I think I was it the middle of things more and never seemed to find clear water until the very end. And because of this I also never seemed to be able to find a groove. I'm sure that this had nothing to do with the fact that my swimming has been sorely lacking. The water was very murky and pretty weedy. The mud at the exit was crazy...sucking you in...I swam until I couldn't any more just to avoid it. This is the first race I've ever done that had wet suit strippers. I used them but don't know if it helped and because we had to go through so much gravel the mat we laid on was just covered and then of course so was I.
I borrowed some pictures... :)
T1 2:24..uneventful...slow

Bike 1:04
You may remember this from the pre ride
The pictures from this race were...not good. :) It really hit home just how much weight I had put back on.
I knew this was going to be hard. It's quite a bit of climbing and I knew that I had a hard time during the pre ride. I was passed by a few people all though there just weren't that many behind me after the swim I passed a few also. I just tried to stick to a fairly easy pace and do what I could. around mile 5 I saw  bike off to the side but know one around. It was turned upside down so I don't know if the problems or just gave up. I kept trucking and was doing pretty good until I hit the last hill. It's just after the 7th mile and probably the steepest one. I just couldn't do it again...I had to walk. There was another lady walking with me. Shortly after getting back on the bike one of the motorcycles went by with a girl on the back. For what ever reason she must have called it a day. Finally at this point it is almost all downhill...and it's nice, all though parts of it are so steep that you ride your breaks and still are moving at good speed.

T2 1:44
The "run" 40:38
This run starts first it's not so bad but I was not really doing much running but you just keep going up and up and then you get to the steep part. :) I think its about the first 3/4 of mile before you finally hit a down hill. While challenging all of this course is quite beautiful. The run goes through  a bit of a mountain neighborhood and along the golf course for this part. After a nice downhill you run by the lake before you get to the end and find some stairs to go a little more and then go up the stairs.
What can I say, awful...but at least I look like I'm running....slogging..or something. 
 Here I found one of the most fabulous volunteers I've ever encountered. She was running up and down the stairs with everyone...well maybe just us at the end but she was fantastic! As I started up she was finishing with another lady and she says..I'm coming doing to run up these with you and there she was just encouraging and being so very nice. It was awesome. From there it was all flat to the finish and I just ran and walked as needed. It was slow but I was ok with it and just happy to be finishing.
Total time 2:08

Slowest sprint ever....most challenging sprint ever...biggest accomplishment...first sprint ever not to have to stop to use the restroom during the race. :)


Jill said...

Hey pretty girl....just a quick comment before I have to go do some work but wanted to tell you that I think you look fantastic and I am so very proud of your effort at that difficult race. Nothing like a race that's tougher than we planned for us to get a little bit self-imposed a butt kick :). It makes us reach a little further for the next, I think.

Katie told me I needed to be at the triathlon next week at 5am so I can get a good transition spot. Can't I just throw my bike on the ground next to the swim exit???? :)

Thanks for writing up your report - love it. And you :).

Bron said...

Great race report - not so good races can offer us lots of things to learn from!

Diana said...

No matter how many mistakes you make, or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't even trying!
Congrats Julie on a great race!

sugarmagnolia70 said...

The hardest races have the sweetest finishing lines, don't they? Congrats, you pushed through and did it!

Terzah said...

Good for you for getting back out there and sticking this one out. That swim sounds like a nightmare movie (weeds, mud....were there zombies too?). Evergreen *is* really beautiful. You earned that finish line for sure!

Denae Coates said...

Great Job!!Nice report!

Jennifer said...

Great report! You managed a challenging course. You should treat yourself for another finishline crossed...hmmm...maybe a camping trip with your son? ;-)

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Tough races are sooooo much more rewarding, congrats

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