Westchester Olympic Triathlon - 9/29/13
Conditions: A fairly nice race day overall. It was pretty chilly in the dark before the start but warmed up more than enough by the time I was running.
Swim (1500m, 31:53): Ugh, my swim has gotten slower each race. My heart was not into swimming fast, more like just getting myself through the course and out of the water. I had trouble sighting the buoys but managed to follow the pack and not really go off course. I got clobbered around quite a bit, but on the plus side I did get to draft for a portion of the swim.
T1 (1:51): I was nervous about starting with my cleats clipped in after having trouble last race, but I went with that method anyway. I had no problems and the transition went smoothly. The only downside was that the pavement really hurt to run on in bare feet.
Bike (25mi, 1:18:15): The course was alright; mostly uphill the first half and mostly downhill the second. My main issue here was all of the sharp turns at intersections that required braking! At least everything was very well marked and staffed with plenty of volunteers. There was one main “climb” that was really hyped up but turned out to be not so bad. I felt blocked to some degree, in that I couldn’t get myself to push as hard as I would have liked. I was also being very careful about not drafting and passing legally, since they were patrolling and giving out penalties pretty strictly.
T2 (1:40): I still haven’t gotten a handle on efficiently dismounting barefoot so I just clomped into transition in my cycling shoes. I’m also still sacrificing some time here to put on socks, but I do think it’s worth it for me. I may work on that.
Run (“10k”, 45:11): Another apparently short course, probably only about 6.1 miles which seems to make sense based on my time. In the past I have been very consistent off the bike, both in my times as well as always just wanting the damn thing to be over! Running 10k off the bike hurts, there’s no way around that. Regardless, a solid run for me.
Overall (2:38:49): This was a decent race for me; it wasn’t particularly good or particularly bad. I wish my swim had been stronger but I know that’s my weakest leg and I still have a lot of room to make gains there. I also need to work on pushing harder on the bike. I finished 23rd out of 80 collegiate females.
Moving Forward: This was my last race of the season! I have a 10-miler in a week and a half but I won’t be racing any triathlons until next spring. My game plan for the off-season is to build up a solid base, while getting back into strength training, then peak in time for (hopefully) Nationals in April. I’ll really be focusing on bringing my swim up to par, so I see a lot of pool time in my future.