Saturday we spectated at the sprint race in the rain and had dinner and marshmallow toasting at the campground with Julie and Richard and Betsy and David.
|having fun spectating in the rain. Photo by Tom Marek|
We got to the race start early and Melissa body marked me. Then I felt like I just stood around and waited and chatted with friends forever! My wave was the 2nd to last half wave to start, Jeff said I was bitter about starting so late, and maybe I was, I did talk about it a lot before the race. But I watched most of my friends start and finally got in line to swim. I was not wearing a wetsuit and I was cold in the morning air, so the 77 degree water actually felt good. I was afraid the swim would seem long since I had only done 1 long open water swim this season, but once I got in the water I got into a rhythm and felt good. I always liked mass swim starts and didn't think I'd like the TT start, but all 3 times I've done it, I've had good swims, so I'm cool with the new TT starts. I watched for David in a kayak and finally saw him around the 2nd turn. The water temp was perfect without a wetsuit and the sun coming up over the water was beautiful, I tried to swim at a decent pace, but I mostly just enjoyed the swim. Swim time was 46:34, not my fasted, but I did have fun :)
|Ed caught me not smiling!! I was trying to figure out why they were telling me "go LEFT", they just meant to the left of the wetsuit strippers, not left back to the swim start :) Photo by Ed Sparks|
Jeff and Adam were there cheering me on as I got on my bike and I took off. I felt fast and happy has I cruised down 27, my average speed was 17.5, crazy fast for me, when I turned off to Centerpoint, that 2 miles is the worst chip seal in the entire world! Yuck!! I just tried to get through it knowing it would get a little better after the next turn. Jayna rode up beside me on that nasty stretch and complained about the chip seal too. Then the low water crossings, the U-turn and the the big hill, I actually passed a few people on this section which is harder for me, so I was feeling pretty good when I turned onto 173, as I rode by the campground Richard and Jeff cheered! There was a ton of traffic backed up (which I don't remember happening in years past) so Jeff said "I'm stuck out here!" I rode back into town feeling great about my first loop and as I hit the hot corner there were tons of people cheering and screaming for me and Kellen in his Moxie speedo and a huge skull mask. It was awesome, I was having a great ride and I just felt pure joy bubbling up inside me, I thought "this is why I do triathlons, this is so awesome!" that feeling carried me all the way back down 27 to Centerpoint, that chip seal really kind of hurt the second time around. In 2012 I felt like I was the only person left on the bike course on my second loop, this time there were always 3 or 4 people in sight for me to try to catch, and I even caught a few of them! I had a better bike than I expected and a lot more fun! Bike time was 3:37 my second fastest half iron bike ever (I thought it was my fastest until I went back and checked past results).
|very happy on the bike (and bonus dimples for Kim Burkhart :) Photo by Kristen Carey|
I got onto the run course and almost immediately saw Ron, one of my "goals" was to start the run before Ron finished the entire race, so of course I waved to him and said something about that. I know many people don't like looped courses, but I love the 4 loop run course at Kerrville, I get to see everyone spectating 8 times, and I get to see other athletes, even the really fast ones! My running has been slower this year after having a labral tear last winter, I haven't had any pain in quite awhile, but I'm still being careful to not run too much too soon, so I expected a slower run this year.
|Had to give Tom a non-smiley pic, so tongue out instead. Photo by Tom Marek|
|Happy on the run, Photo by Ed Sparks|