O2fitness athlete, Trixie Bradley contributes to the blog this week with a race report on her first triathlon back since shoulder surgery and rehab. Way to go after it Trixie! Well it was my first Triathlon since shoulder surgery. I had only been in the pool 6 times but figured what the heck. I could do the mini Triathlon! I had done the Auburn triathlon a few years back and knew what I was up against. Short 500 yard swim, 8 mile bike all uphill and a 3.2 mile run!
My start time was not till the very last wave at 7:35 but had to have transition ready by 6:30 since other waves were starting much earlier. I decided to not bike down to lake like most athletes were doing since it was dark and well I was flying solo and didn't feel like making that trek alone.
I drove down and had plenty of time to get set up, go to the bathroom and dance my way into my wetsuit!
Thankfully a friend Sara was there volunteering...she helped me pull the final part of my zipper up in back and got me situated.
Thoughts in my head prior to putting on wetsuit...did I really need a wetsuit for that short of a swim, it will help me float, transition will be slower to remove it, ok just wear the darn thing and forget about it.
Next thought...should I wear extra shoes down to the water?? Quite a run back up in weeds since water so low! Ok just wear the shoes it will help on the run up the hill to transition!
I finally made my way down to the water, which seemed like forever since I was the last wave of swimmers. I don't think I've ever had so much down time before a race.
Got in and warmed up for about 10 minutes and I was glad I was wearing my suit. Felt warm, buoyant and comfy!! I was trying to mark out my competition. Deep water start so as they were calling us out I positioned myself at the front. I'm a descent swimmer and hate having to get around thrashing about in the water.
The horn went off and we were off. I am one who never looks under the water while swimming in a lake. I close my eyes except to sight the buoys. It keeps me relaxed and not wondering what the heck I might see in the water below! I kept telling myself...be consistent don't stop and try not to sight too much. You see my usually strong arm the one I had surgery on and not so strong anymore is the arm I pull with to sight. Well to much energy and I
knew it would blow my arm up! So I kept telling myself....be consistent,
don't stop to look, you got this, you are doing awesome, be strong and do the best you can. Before i knew it I was coming out of the water. Shoulder talking to me a bit but nothing I haven't been use to for the last few years. lol.
I was on my way to grab shoes and off and running up to transition. Peeling my wetsuit down to waist and feeling great! Transition went great. I'm never as fast as I would like....always room to improve! Heading out of transition they were saying there's been a crash watch out!
Man my heart went out for that person. That sucks!
I was off and heading uphill. I knew it was all up hill to transition 2 so I kept the gearing easy at first to get my legs ready for the bike! I was feeling good...passing a few people! Just then a girl passed me. All I could think was wow she's fast. I sped up to try and keep up but she was slowly pulling away! My first thought was dang it I am so slow. Then I thought...no you are fast and doing great. You only started training 3 weeks ago! Your doing awesome!
(I don't know about anyone else but I have to have positive talks with myself along the way) As I started to head up the steep part of shirland track there was a girl who kept looking back at me then she would pedal faster. She kept doing that over and over. She knew I was there and she wanted to keep her position. When I could tell she was getting tired I cranked it out and passed her and didn't look back!
I was at transition 2 and feeling great! Just 3 miles to run and I was done.
My kids and husband were there waiting for me and taking pics! I racked my bike, changed my shoes and was off! Running I would say is my weakest leg. I am consistently about 9 to 10 min miler during a race. My area I need to work on!
Thank goodness I have Julie Young coaching me. I have always ran to get fit but Julie says you have to get fit to run!! I LOVE that! No more excuses for me!! I just need to work hard and do everything she says!!
So on the run there was a girl that passed me. Darn I thought but then I saw her calf was marked 30! A young-en! Not in my age category. Lol I let her go and just kept going as fast as my legs would take me. Before I knew it I was finishing!
I came in 1st place in my age division and 5th female overall!
I felt very good with my race and couldn't wait to train some more!
Julie had me doing a 2hr hill climb recovery ride the next day. At first I thought she was nuts and wondered how I would survive. I was surprised when those hills didn't feel that bad and I had a great ride! I am so thankful for Julie's coaching! She is so right about everything. All I have to do is everything I am told and BAM I get stronger and faster! Got to love that!