Monday, July 14, 2014

Early Bird Sprint Triathlon Race Report

Early Bird Triathlon - Ottawa - May 17, 2014

This was the race report that I wrote for the Ottawa Triathlon Club discussion board. I've reposted it here, just to keep everything in one spot!

If I had written this immediately post-race, my tone would have been a lot different, but with a few days to reflect, I can definitely say that I'm much happier with my race than I was just after I finished. I've been pretty hard on myself lately, so I just need to remember that this is all for fun. And in fact, it was a fun race and the best part was seeing all the other OTCers out there racing and cheering.

Going into the race, I felt underprepared. My training from about mid-March to now has been lackluster at best. Lots of skipped workouts and no real "plan" except for the HPS workouts. That needs to change ASAP. BUT, the base that I have from training since January with HPS and with the Monday night TTP group on occasion, has definitely made a big difference.

Pre-race: Got set up and tattooed. In the end, I enjoyed having a spot in the T-Zone that was really close to the OTC tent. I do wish that I had given myself a lot more time on-site before the race though, since everything I did felt a little rushed.

Photo Credit: Zoom Photo

Swim: Happy to have had time to get in and get wet before the race started! Great to see lots of familiar faces up at the start too. Swim felt good until about 250m, when I started to feel the effects of missing quite a few swims over the past 2 months. Was lucky to not have to deal with passing or being passed. Shoes on and run to transition went smoothly. I actually didn't mind the run either, because I think it helped to settle my stomach before getting on the bike. In my only other race experience, I had terrible stomach cramping on the bike, but didn't have any problems at all during this race (pre-race nutrition was exactly the same too.)

Bike: By far my weakest. I am still struggling to figure out how to know when I'm going fast/hard enough. I have a feeling I wasn't in the right gear and of course I didn't have my Garmin set properly so I couldn't use that to help. BUT I definitely felt stronger overall than last summer.

Run: The run started off brutally slow, with having to remove rocks from my shoes and actually having to tie my laces since my bungee laces broke the night before, and then the grassy, uphill struggle. I cursed myself for missing a few hill workouts and set a mental reminder to get out and do more hill training. I loved the run though because I got to actually see people, and give encouragement and high fives along the way. Seeing an old colleague made my race and I always find that cheering on others gives me a little extra pep in my step.

Overall, I am pleased with the result, but know that I have a lot of work ahead of me. Track practice and getting outside to ride will definitely help and I'm excited to see what the rest of the summer brings!  Placed 2nd in my age group, 7th overall for women, with a time of 1:25:04.7!

Huge thanks to all those cheering and congratulations on lots of fantastic races! A fun way to start to the season!

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