Swim start took place at a water ski show venue.
In-water, non-wetsuit swim for the pros. I managed to stay with the first pack for all of about 10 seconds. Then I swam solo around the entire lake as fast as I could. No danger of getting kicked in the face when this happens!
T1: Run up a long (long) ramp, get to transition and see only a few bikes (DOH!!) Leave quickly.
Bike: 2:43, Cannondale Slice, Profile Design areo bars, wheels and hydration, Rudy Project helmet & glasses, Tribe Multisport, Powerbar Gels
The bike route was beautiful, hilly and had a bit of everything - flats, a lot of climbing and even a few I-must-stand-to-climb hills. I felt horrible. I spent just about the entire ride solo, trying to push the pace, trying to ignore anything that hurt, and make it end. Normally I enjoy the bike, but some days try as hard as I might, it seems I am going backwards.
|Start of first significant climb.|
T2: Back into transition, same position I left in (7th). Run in, drop bike, run out - time to see if the legs want to show up and play.
|More beautiful Wisconsin scenery.|
I started the run in 7th. $ went 6 deep. I had no idea how close the next girl was, but I was really hoping I could find out prior to reaching the finish line. About two miles into the run I realized it was going to be quite a hilly course, which made me happy. I tend to run better the harder the course.
In the END: 4:42, 5th
|Always enjoy standing on stage with other speedy girls.|
|Compression + comfy shoes = happy athlete!|
|Water slides also make for great recovery!|
THANK YOU to my sponsors, family, friends, ninja runners, etc. for keeping me motivated, laughing with me and helping me chase dreams.
I will spend the remainder of this week training on the Ironman Wisconsin course, looking forward to some open water swimming, hilly riding and enjoying Madison.