I am not sure how in the world I forgot to recap this race, but I did! Bad Jenny. BAD BAD BAD!!
The race was held the last weekend in September so I'm going to do the best that I can to remember what happened oh 4 months ago.
I was excited to do this race. I had several buddies from CrossFit doing it (and for two of them it was their FIRST tri ever) and I had Denise, Chrissy, Megan, there as well.
This wasn't my first triathlon, but it was my first one of 2013!
Denise, Chrissy and I went up the day before the tri so we wouldn't have to worry about driving up in the wee hours of the morning. We wanted to make sure we were well rested!
The Cleremont course also promised hills, so we wanted to drive the course and see what we were up against.
After packet pick-up and the "expo" (which really for expo standards, was quite lame) we grabbed the map and off we went.
Yes there were hills. The largest hill was up Jalarmy Road. It looked steep but I had no idea how steep until I actually tried to ride up it on my Trek!
Photos courtesy of Denise is Run DMT
We also got a peek at Lake Minneola. I wasn't concerned about the lake swim at all, and thought that it looked like a pretty decent swim course.
It was the run that I was most worried about, so I knew the swim and the bike would have to be my saving grace for this race.
As we were walking to put our bikes in transition, I was checking out the swim!
Throughout the course of the summer I had been cycling and rowing. I swam twice, and ran a handful of times. But cycling was really the only activity I had been doing in addition to my normal CrossFit workouts.
We had a carb loading dinner at the Olive Garden, and went to bed at a decent hour!
Our alarm went off, we changed, grabbed breakfast and headed down to the course which was only a few miles from our hotel.
We were there before the sun went up! Thankfully I had an extra Polar shirt to keep on over my tri suit!
My age group was set to be the second group in the water at 7:33am. I was ready. Again, I knew I'd have to do well on the swim and the bike to feel like I had accomplished what I set out to do.
The swim was GREAT. I went in the front to the far right side and when we were ready to go, off I went. I veered off course just a tad, but overall it didn't impact me at all. I finished the 1/2 mile swim in 18:26, made it through transition in 3:09, changed into my shoes, put on my helmet, and off I went.
The bike course was GREAT. This is where I made up a lot of time. I was passing riders and feeling really strong. I even managed to tackle those hills. I also realized that I need to have my bike adjusted. I mean, I already KNEW that I needed a tune-up and had mentioned it to Denise on several of our rides, but did I do it. No. I could have done better on the bike course if my bike had been properly tuned.
It was a beautiful course (no photos...I forgot my phone charger, so it died very early on) and I finished in 48:52. Again through the transition and dreading the run. I got off the bike feeling strong. Changed shoes, took off my helmet, put on my visor and I started off.
I didn't make it far before that dang right piriformis muscle started bothering me. I wogged for as long as I could, and I knew I'd be getting passed soon by Denise. That girl can run. And yup, right near mile 1 she came up behind me! I hollered to her "I knew you'd pass me on the run" and off she went. When I got to the mile 1 water station, I asked if I could shorten my planned 3 mile to the shorter 2 mile without being disqualified and they said yes. So I turned around and finished with the 2 mile distance.
Overall the event took me 1:41:18 and I really did love every second of it.
And I'm glad I got done first because it meant I could cheer Denise, Chrissy, Megan, Jen, Amanda, Renee, and Chris through the finish line! Watching them finish was inspiring.
This was a great race, well organized and super fun.
I even had people cheering me on that I didn't know!
Too bad it won't be coming back to this location in 2014. The closest race will be in Atlanta. Maybe I can go? We'll see! I know that there are several Tri's I want to do in 2014, and I really need to train the run, but it HURTS. And not the good kind of hurt. Ugh.
I was happy to be able to participate in this race on behalf of Polar Heart Rate monitors.