|Yah, on the end...right by the exit!|
Walking into the expo area was fun! Great atmosphere! I immediately saw Harmony as she was walking her bike into transition and said hello and headed over to get my packet which had tons of stickers with my number for the bike and everything else, plus tattoos for my body markings. Headed over to get my timing chip and change into the Athena division (figured there was a better chance to place). They also took my picture for the the finish line, they show your picture as you're coming through, FUN stuff if you ask me. Got my bike are stickered up (I hate putting stickers on m y bike) and set-up in transition...this made it REAL (you would have thought the registration fee would've done that)!
Harmony joined me in this adventure and I was thrilled to have her and her family there on race day. It meant that our families could hang out while we rocked our TRI! Great plan and I highly recommend it. Our families did the "Little Rev" Race together which was HOT and FUN! And way further than I ever imagined. Thankfully my 6-year old has a little competitive streak in him and ran to all the check-points and didn't even want to wait for the rest of our family at the finish because he wanted to be first! Really? He still thinks we were first because we were the only ones running through the chute! I won't tell him...
|Cole is MORE than ready!|
|Max and Harmony's kids leading |
the "Little Rev" race
|Love that they give the kids medals!|
RACE MORNING! I woke up before the alarm and felt great. Took my time with breakfast and just took it easy and wasn't feeling rushed which I prefer for race morning. Dropping the bike off the day before made everything a ton easier.
My family dropped me off and I headed to finalize my set-up. Walking into the transition area felt amazing and I loved the energy. It got my so excited for what we were about to do. Harmony was just 2 spots down but wasn't there yet. You can learn a lot from watching people get their transition area ready. Everyone has their thing they do! Putting powder in your socks, placing your helmet a certain way...you know! Before I knew it...it was time to get the wetsuit on. I saw Sonya, my friend from the Dilettante Tri who was doing the half and we chatted as we walked to the lake. It was go time...
|My Transition area and my Amazing TRI bag! |
The GYST Concept Backpack 2-10 (HERE)
The SwimI was hoping to get a good practice swim in the day before the actual race, but that never happened. I was glad to get few strokes in before my wave started which was better than nothing. Most of the people racing were doing the Half distance and a small amount were doing the Olympic.
The water was 73 degrees which meant I didn't have to wear my wetsuit but I opted to since all my open water swimming had been with it. The extra buoyancy really helps.
|Getting the low down on the swim! |
Important stuff people
|Yah, this is happening!|
I was disappointed in my swim time, but who knows what the actual distance was? I had read on a pro's recap that it wasn't her usual time, took her longer...which makes me thing it was longer than .90. Plus they include your time running to transition. My goal was 28 minutes and I felt like I swam well.
Division Place: 1/4
Wave Place: 11/49
Swim to BikeHeaded out of the water I started taking off my wetsuit, ran up the steps and saw my family! Ahhh...I love that. REV3 had a hydration station set-up as we headed to T1 and I had some water then got into transition and tore of my wetsuit, ate a Honey Stinger Waffle (first time), got my helmet and gloves on...made sure my sunglasses were on and headed out for the bike!
The BikeThe bike was a FLAT, out and back. The bummer is that Portland had torn up part of the road which made for a long stretch of BUMPY road, probably a good 7-miles. The view was beautiful as we rode along the Columbia River and out passed the Portland Airport. The bumpy road slowed me down a bit...it's hard to go fast when it's that bumpy. I went from 18 mph to 16 mph on the rough road. A few people on the course kept saying how they need to stop on their dentist on their way home. Lucky for me...my bike rocks and it handled it pretty well. It was time to turn around and head back which is always the best part! Finally I got to ride on smooth pavement again which allowed me to speed up. Beautiful Mt. Hood in the distance on such a clear day...made for more great views. I got to see Harmony as I was headed back and was so glad she had her yellow tank on...easy to spot.
I worried how my legs would feel after the bike ride since I had never biked this distance followed by a run...I would soon find out. Biking flat is nice, but it means you are moving the ENTIRE time...no up means no down to rest your legs at all. I started seeing some runners on the course I couldn't be a bit jealous that they were almost done. Couldn't wait to be there soon at the turn around for the run and heading back to finish. Mentally I started preparing for the 6.2 mile run since I knew that would be the toughest part for me. I made sure to hydrate well the entire time on the bike so I would be ready for the HOT run. They were setting up all the run, water stops as we were biking so it was good to see where they were. I came into the finish and saw my family waiting and they were shocked to see me come in so early. Also got to see the Davis Family...so fun. A gal passed me as we were coming into the finish, bummer. The first 17-miles my average pace was 17:73 mph and the last 7.80-miles was 21.60mph! I will always wonder what I could have done had the road not been torn-up? Oh shoot...I had to go to the bathroom...clearly I was hydrated.
Division Place: 2/4
Wave Place: 14/49
|Loved seeing my boys!|
Bike to Run
Took my bike shoes off, got my Mizuno's on and took some more nuun and grabbed some Power Gels to take with me. I wore the REV3 visor which is a HeadSweats...AMAZING! I was ready to go out and finish! I still had to go to the bathroom, but there was no WAY I was stopping and the trisuit I was wearing would take so long to get back on.
|Headed out for my 10k!|
I was worried for the run. Though I have been a runner it isn't my strong point right now. I had a 6.2 mile, out and back that was on the same course as the bike. I decided to mentally break it down...only 3-out and 3-back...I can do that. It was HOT, really hot! We have not had nice weather in the Pacific NW so that means no TRAINING in the heat...not cool! The first mile was hard and I felt slow, but wasn't as slow as I felt, which is typical when you come of the bike. My family watched me in the park which boosted my energy a bit...then I ran past the Davis's! It's all a mind game at this point, especially when you see how far you have to go on a flat, straight out and back...it plays games with your mind and you have to fight back. After the first mile I was feeling good and was grabbing water at each water stop. My legs felt good, but my core and lungs felt heavy...does that even make sense? Not sure how to explain it. I came to a water stop that had food and salt tablets and grabbed a salt tablet. I wish more races had these at water stops! I kept a few people in sight and tried to stay with them.
|Headed back and |
|Hello Davis FAMILY! Almost done...|
Division Place: 2/4
Wave Place: 21/49
Oh shoot, I forgot to tell that after the race I went and checked my final time and I had placed 2nd in the Athena category! I was totally STOKED! So I got a 2nd medal! I had to keep apologizing for my TWO medals clinking together...it was rather noisy...It was sweet music to my ears! I have never placed in any running races so it's super exciting to me to place in my last 2 triathlons! Woohoo...super fun!
|Sitting, shade, water...BEST FEELING!|
|Having my FAMILY be there supporting me was the BEST|
|Harmony...WE DID IT!|
It was a beautiful day and a wonderful race! The entire day went better than expected. Anxious to see what the future holds for more triathlons. I am loving it! Can't wait to do another and get better! Thank for reading the LONGEST post ever!