Hi! :D I wrote a little about the weather already, and now it's time to tell you about my experience in the Hayden Sprint Triathlon...
As you can see, I was # 278. I'm sorry I don't know how many participants there were, but probably around 300. (Yes, I procrastinated signing up - secretly hoping to get out of it. J.K. ;)
The biggest thing I did to prepare for this was learn to swim. I had an incredible challenge of learning to be comfortable with my head down in the water so I could swim efficiently. When I first started it seemed impossible; I was a terrible swimmer! :o From March through June I swam three days a week most weeks. At first I could only swim the 25 yards to the other end of the pool in a hyperventilation type fashion (I knew the life guards were secretly "on guard.") My head was up, and I held on at the other end for dear life as I rested and waited to be sure I wouldn't drown on the way back to the other end of the pool.
|Me and Columba Aguilar. :)|
|My husband spied and took photos before the race started.|
|Me and Valerie Johnson. :) Valerie got first in her division!|
|Me waving to my family as I got off the bike... :)|
I also learned that I need to train on flats if the race is on flats (would you believe that of the small amount of training I did since I got my bike assembled a month before the race was all hills? I assumed this to be a good thing but was surprised that my legs had no idea what to do on flats! WEIRD!) Consequently, my time on the bike was awful! Almost 43 minutes - ouch! I think I was trying not to use too much energy on the bike to save it for the run (I did this on the swim as well). That was nuts, considering the run was only 3 miles long and the bike is where I could have shaved the most time had I pushed myself on the bike. Oh well... Live and learn. :) I had no chance of winning that race anyhow with "wonder man" and "wonder woman" there. ;) (Seriously, the first place man and woman flew with amazing speed! They both finished the entire race in just minutes over an hour.)
I finished the entire race in an hour and 34 minutes and 21 seconds, which I wasn't too happy with because I knew I could do better and regretted not pushing more on the bike or in the water. I clearly didn't "sprint" :o on the swim or bike, but I ran fairly well (for me) at about 26 minutes and 24 seconds. It was almost all flats with just one or two small hills, and I was happy to discover I ran those three miles in 8.5 minutes each. Nothing like the first place finishers, but at least I did it! :) By the way, the toughest part for me was the transition off the bike. The first few minutes of the run were painful. I stopped to visit with a couple friends and stretch for a few seconds - twice. :D LOL (different friends)
*YOU CAN'T TELL HOW WELL A PERSON WILL DO OR HOW IN SHAPE THEY ARE BY LOOKING AT THEM! seriously... I absolutely loved watching unsuspecting individuals pass people who you would think might do better. And when it came time for awards, I LOVED seeing a women go up when called to stand on her first place throne (she was wearing an outfit which clearly showed off her amazing abs, etc...) - followed by the second place person, wearing an outfit almost identical to the first with almost identical amazing abs... - followed by a new mother with a modest outfit, and a precious little baby in her arms... :) I couldn't believe I didn't think to take a photo until it was too late! Darn! But here is a profile of the young and unsuspecting winner among the crowd after she received her metal. :) Doesn't she rock? :D And, I have a friend who won third place in the Althena group - also a new mom... She seriously rocks! I'm inspired! :)
Here is a website you can go to to see every one's results: www.haydentri.com
Here are my results...
2012 Hayden Triathlon
|Representing:||HAYDEN ID US|
|Chip Time Information|
|Actual Start Time:||00:00:00.000|
|Gun Time Information|
|Assigned Start Time:||07:06:00.000|
Final Time: 01:34:21.6
Race Distance: Sprint
|F 40-44 Place:||11|
|No||Name||Interval Time||Total Time||Pace||Overall Place||Overall Back||Gender Place||Gender Back||Divsion Place||Division Back|