The Heart of the Lakes Tri was yesterday in Annandale and it was a blast--and a great way for me to finish my tri season. Lots of P2 teammates raced and did well, particularly Micah, against a very deep field. I'm so proud of him!!
My goal for this race was two-fold: 1) finish my season with a strong performance that I wouldn't look back on with any sort of "should have" sentiment and 2) beat my time from last year. Well, check and check.
Finally my swimming is coming around! Coming out of the water 3 minutes earlier than last year put me in a much better position heading onto the bike. The bike course was fast, and I think my 21.2 mph was the same as last year. The run out of transition was seriously like a 200M dash--that long.
The run was where I really didn't want to leave anything. Since I started in Wave 8 (the last wave), I got to spend the entire run hunting down women with earlier wave #s written on their calves and picking them off one by one. It was a very fun game! I do think it's what helped me keep my mile splits down around 7:24 (vs. 7:35 LY). Busted out a sprint to the finish right after I passed Dad, and it felt AWESOME! Good enough for 3rd in my age group in a very competitive field and a chance to stand on the awards podium!
One note on the female overall placings: I was 17th. But here's what I don't get. The transition area is set up with certain bike racks designated for different waves (which are determined by age). In most races you can rack wherever. (The prize for being an early bird).
My designated rack was located at the very far end of the transition area, while others for other female age groups were positioned so that they only had to run maybe half of that distance in and out of transition. So in my mind, the overall gender placings at this race don't mean very much if the transition distances don't equal out (which they usually do).
Either way, it was great fun and it left me wanting more! Better to end the season a little early than be burnt out in August!