okay, i will sneak my post in here before Danielle posts her own tri race report. [see, we are versatile in that if we cannot run the GRR course we can SWIM IT. or something like that].
the background is that i did an early season sprint tri in May and placed second in my age group-but awards were only handed out to the winners of each age groups. i lost by 12 seconds. there were a multitude of reasons this occurred, and i am giving equal weight to reasons 1 and 2:
1) i didn't train enough
2) a cop who could care less it was his job to direct bikers on the race course totally watched me go the wrong way until i pedaled back and said, hey, um, excuse me, is this right??? at which point he half tilted his head in the direction i was supposed to go in and i finally got back on track.
today, the top 3 people in each age group at this sprint/olympic [the distances were in between] received awards. i was number 4. i was 12 seconds behind the third place person in my age group. however, i can only attribute today's showing to me not going fast enough and also being too lazy to put my tieless shoelaces into my shoes last night.
i can also say that i really really really deserved fourth place. in my age group i was 4th in the swim, 4th in the bike, and 4th in the run. i mean, i am REALLY 4th. now that i write this i'm actually kind of alarmed...were there more than 4 people in my age group??? i will check and get back to you. [edit: there were 8 of us]
in shocking news, it appears i'm not too bad at swimming. in huge relief news, my biking is okay. it turns out the bike course i bombed in June [Olympic] was 8 trillion times harder than today's course and i averaged a more respectable for me mph (today ~18.2 as opposed to a ~15.7 at Mooseman) . and my running was average. i got hot.
from miles 2-4 into the run i did my usual internal chant of: NEVER AGAIN. NEVER AGAIN. i considered cancelling my registration for my 1/2 IM later this season. then i finished, chippered up, met some new potential tri club teammates, and headed home to do more LAW RESEARCH!! YEAH!!!!
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