race morning came early and james was up too for his own race out in temecula. so, i was sherpa-less, but determined to be self-sufficient and not blow it. i (barely) made it to the race on time and finished putting my transition area together on our team racks....
i was definitely running out of steam by the end and was oh so happy to see the finish. i crossed the line and got some ice for my hip. (it's definitely still a process with this thing- i'm now resting a few days).
(a side note about the transitions: my transitions were very "fast" in this race, but this was a combo of things: 1) i took off my wetsuit right after the timing mat, before making the long run to transition, i think this helped a lot and shaved some seconds. 2) i treated the running parts as a total part of the race and raced in and out of transition and 3) our team had ridiculously good transition racks- it turns out a lot of the girls in my age group had to run farther for their racks- so my T1 was 1:34 and most T1s were a little over 2 minutes. And, my T2 was about a minute faster than a lot of the girls in my AG.
For the race to be really fair, i would have been racked with my "age group" racks. but, there were lots of other girls in my AG (and people in general) who were also racked with a team or race sponsor, and you could also pay $ for VIP racking....which isn't totally (or at all) fair either! so, had i opted out of the preferential racks, there would have been others who still had them. it's a tough call. i think it would have been a fun race to the finish if colleen and i had been racked together, since my time was about 2:20 faster than hers.
overall, i had a blast and it was great to race with the breakaway team again. i definitely blew the swim, but had a solid bike and run. i WILL own that i had some fast transitions (i compared them to others racked with me), but there was definitely cushion time as well. i also did (finally) a non-embarrassing bike dismount, complete with the leg crossed over the top tube. yeah! when all was said and done, i had the top female amateur time and 5th overall with the pro women (who had awesome racks too, so not feeling bad here!) . the best part was....i got leid!
i was so very happy to be out there and have fun racing. i have lots of great people supporting me this year that i want to truly thank because i was so bummed to not be able to show up earlier in the season and i know i'm new to the sport and all these great people are supporting me and they really don't have to. seriously, without their help, i probably wouldn't be in triathlon, as i'm a recent graduate (hire me!) without disposable income- every little thing counts BIG time in my book.you know, sometimes its just a little discount, or a little extra time or TLC, but these things are huge to me: so thank you thank you breakaway training, zoot sports, lululemon athletica, betty designs, hi-tech bikes, and i know its odd to have more than one bike shop, but the dudes at B&L (james' bike shop) have been so great to me this year, dealing with all my daily "issues" as they're so much closer to my house than hi-tech and they are honestly just all really cool guys, our new fave, Nuttzo nut butter and also dan the man selstad, for keeping me a little less creaky than i would be without him.
i also have some buddies that have let me borrow gear and thus have also been great sponsors this year- trevor is keeping me honest on the bike with the power tap, and matt helped me bigtime for honu with zipps and a bike case. and last but not least, my training supporters, who offer advice, or even humor me with a workout or two even though i can't quite hang: so thanks mac, katya, james, colleen and the greater san diego community for letting me hang on your wheel. having people like this helping me become a little more of an athlete instead of a trainwreck without a coach is the most valuable thing of all.