It has been awhile since I have posted, so I thought I might as well get back to it!
After dealing with a hamstring strain for most of the winter and spring, I decided to build my fitness back up with some olympic distance triathlons this summer. I have raced every distance except olympic, so I had no idea what to expect.
My first race was back at my Alma Mater, William and Mary for the Rev3 Williamsburg Oly.
I arrived a day early and picked up my registration packet. Everything was well organized and I was able to set my bike-up and get ready ahead of time. I spent the day touring campus, visiting old friends, and making some pit stops at my favorite places. I was lucky enough to stay at the home of a good friend, so it was great to catch up with her and have a relaxing evening.
The Peanut Shop, Aromas, and the Cheese Shop: 3 definite must-dos if you visit Williamsburg
How has it been 8 years since I walked through the Wren Building during graduation?!
I started out race morning in a little bit of a panic because I realized I forgot to get my timing chip during registration. Luckily, when I arrived I was able to pick up my chip from the late check-in station. Crisis averted!
My age group was last to start the swim, so there was plenty of time for my butterflies to build. The water was a nice temperature; definitely not cold enough for wet suites, but I not too hot either.
Overall, my swim was not great. There was a current, so my pace was faster than normal, but it wasn't a strong swim. First, I was talking with others while the gun went off ; next time I need to stop my gabbing and pay more attention! Second, I still vision myself as a weak swimmer, so I started in the very back; as a result, I ended up having to swim around a lot of swimmers. Third, the water was really shallow, especially at the end. During the last 1/4 of the swim I could have walked because my hand was actually brushing the sand under the water. At least everyone was swimming through the same conditions!
After the swim, I quickly made it to transition, took a salt pill, and then headed out onto the bike. The course was awesome! It was flat, well marked, and completely shaded by trees. It was a hot day - in low 90s - but it didn't feel terrible because there were large trees providing shade the entire course. I had no idea what to expect in terms of time, so I had a hard time pacing. Looking back, I could have pushed it a little more, but overall I was happy.
I headed into transition, grabbed my running shoes and gu, then headed out for the run. My legs felt surprisingly fresh! Similar to the bike course, the run was flat and shaded, so even in 90 degree heat it wasn't too bad (at least in comparison to Chattanooga last year!). There is an uncovered bridge you start and end with, so that was tough during the last mile, but overall it is a great course. I had no idea what to expect in terms of time, so I was pleasantly surprised by my leg turn over. I took it mile by mile and was able to finish feeling strong.
Always nice to see the finish line!
I was pleasantly surprised by my time and AG finish. I had no idea I could bike or run that fast! I was able to keep an even effort throughout the race and enjoy the beautiful course. Of course, as with every race, I learned a few valuable lessons:
I highly suggest the race! It is a flat and shaded course, well organized, and a fun place to visit.