Final time was 1:36:43 - 13 minutes faster than last year.
Last year I did the Pirate Triathlon as my first triathlon, and not only is it well run, it supports a great cause - to send sick children from all over the US and Canada and their families to Camp Sunshine. Thank you all again for your wonderful support for the fundraiser, we were super duper close to raising enough money to send a family to Camp Sunshine for a week! I am very happy and thankful for that! The drawing for prizes will be tomorrow!
A family from Texas who was starting a week at Camp Sunshine spoke before the pre-race meeting, and between that and their sick little girl reading a thank-you letter she wrote to Camp Sunshine (they attended Camp Sunshine the year before), not many folks had dry eyes. I think it gave everyone a little extra push when they were out on the course too.
The Swim - .3 miles - 13:08
Pre-race in my pink goggles...I don't know why pink
Yeah, my time here sucks. But there is a good story to it.
Swim Course Battlefield
First, this is not the reason for my poor swim time, but they made the course bigger than last year, but only big enough to be actually .3 miles instead of...well, whatever it was last year, which everyone seemed to think was around 400 yards. Makes me think I was pretty bad last year if that is the truth, but I digress.
Pirate Tri Swim Course
Besides the fact I need to swim a whole lot more, I also apparently need to learn how to better fight in the water. It was super tight out there today, and there was a whole lot of contact, and not the nice, "oh, whoops I bumped you" kind, but the "wham bam thank you ma'am" kind.
Into the Fray - I think I am the one with the high elbow in the center
I was swum over 4 times, not over my head, but across my back, perpendicular to the course. Weird, right? I mean, where the hell were these people going? It started to freak me out a bit, so I did a few Tarzan strokes to reset (you know, head up looking around for coconuts, or in my case, buoys).
Back in my freestyle, feet were still everywhere, but weirdly, I had a hard time grabbing a draft. I got
After that I was able to swim in without incident, but I just couldn't get my head together for the swim.
T1 - 1:44
Not much to say here, transition went well except I struggled with getting my socks on. I am thinking about skipping socks from now on, I will see how that feels in training.
The Bike - 14 miles - 51:48 ~ 16.2 mph
It is a hilly and scenic ride. I wanted to be faster (doesn't everybody?) but really, I am happy with this time even though I had hoped for under 50 minutes. I hit a max speed of 45 mph which was cool. I feel like I rode this as well as I could have and I know I am stronger than last year on hills, and I know I have lots of room to improve. More hill repeats on the menu!
Mom took this, a view from the top of one of the hills.
T2 - 1:15
Good transition, I need to get speed laces.
Run - 28:50 ~ 9:37/mile
Pirate triathlon run course
This year, I have had very unusual training program when it comes to running. I didn't run the month leading up to the Sugarloaf Marathon, and I haven't run since the marathon, which was about a month ago.
Coming into the finish
All that said, I am happy with this run. It is about a minute/mile less than where I want to be, but given my injury (that is healing!) and lack of run training, I will take it.
It took me a while to get my legs under me, the first half was kind of a grind. But in the second half my legs came alive, and I feel like I was running at a pretty good pace. I found a girl who was in my age group and reeled her in, then passed her. That felt so good! I always seem to wish the run was longer in a sprint race, I feel I just find my rhythm at around 3 miles, and then it is over.
The race was well run and organized as all Tri-Maine events are, and it was fun to do my first triathlon again and improve my time. The race sold out this year, and it is a very popular race and in all likelihood, I will sign up for this race again next year.
The thing is, I really want to do another race before Timberman so I can get over that swim - I don't want that in my head before that race. So I will probably find a random race to sign up for sometime in July, preferably an Olympic distance, but we will see what I can find close to home.