It was a good day for me all in all - I can't be unhappy with sneaking into the top ten of the elite amateur division (I was 9th), something I really wasn't expecting. My time from last year was 7 minutes slower (!!) YIKES! So that's the scientific difference between working part-time and full-time :)
I'll write a longer race report later, but here's my recap. Got to the start and finally met Jen Harrison and Beth Shutt face to face - which was pretty impressive seeing as we were all in our wetsuits, cap and googles. The horn (kind of ) blew and I sprinted out as fast as I could. If there is one thing I do well, it's the start. I can high step and dolphin dive with the best of them. So I end up like even with 2nd place which is ridiculous since I'm not that good of a swimmer, but sometimes I get lucky and it helps me latch onto some faster feet. This year's swim was more on the gentle to mid-cycle of a washing machine and we had to deal with a current which seemed to make our times quite slow. But I wasn't too far behind Jen Harrison getting out and she is a great swimmer so I new I had pulled a better-than-Bri swim out of somewhere.
I had my shoes clipped to my bike and that was a bit of a debacle leaving transition. Why is it when I practice I have no problems but then in the race I have all sorts of problems?! I also managed to drop the gel I wanted to take on the bike. My bike felt okay - I'm nowhere near my bike shape of last year, but averaged 22.1mph so that's good for me. I rode most of it by myself except for passing a few girls and having a few pass me. There was one little pack that was running a nice draft-like paceline, but luckily I passed all those girls on the run.
I started the run and just didn't feel comfortable. I tried to stay positive but had several different talks with myself about not quitting or stopping or sitting on the curb until the sun went down. I was passed, I passed some others - it was a bit of a death march the last two miles and nowhere near what I'm capable of. But it is what it is and I went as hard as I could. Honestly, with the amount of time I've put into my training, I am really happy with my result. I do need to buckle down and try to hit Eagleman hard, so I'm going to try and be serious over the next few weeks.
I had a great time talking with Beth and Jen (although I didn't get to talk to Jen very much - I wish I had found her earlier). And we stayed almost through the entire awards ceremony and had a lot of fun with Kathy Frailing and Christina Noordstar - they are really cool chicks. Off to some parties tonight before our 7am flight back to RDU tomorrow and then straight into work. Augghh!