Anyway I arrived at the race to register and ran into a few other tri-fusion folks and chatted with them before the start. I headed down to the water with about 5 minutes to go to see the extremely short swim. For those that don’t know this swim is advertised as a 400 yards swim. It’s actually about 280ish. I swam out to the turn around and came back just in time to hear the countdown.
T1-By the time I got to my bike Michael was already heading up the hill out of transition. I wasn’t sure how he got out of the wetsuit so fast but he was gone. I later found out that the wetsuit was some crazy “zip all the way to the ankles” thing. That thing would perfect for a short race like this.
This course has a lot of turns in the first half so I lost site of Michael, and I had know idea who was behind me. I made sure I made the turn that I missed last year and continued to try and push it. We made the turn around and I could see him again and could also see that someone was behind me. I figured that I was about right in the middle “distance wise” between the two. The headwind and false flat on the way back to Medical Lake were a little discouraging, but I could tell he wasn’t putting much time into me. (Unfortunately I knew that race was pretty much over as he rolled into T2 about 1 minute ahead of me.)
I had decided not to push the run at all. I have a fairly big race coming up in October that I’m trying pretty hard not to derail.
T2- Racked the bike and threw my shoes on. Nathan Duncan informed that I was about 1 minute back. Then on my way out someone else told me I was about :35 seconds back. Someone was wrong. Unfortunately it wasn’t Nathan.
My final time was 48:35, about 1:40 back from Michael and :50 ahead of third. Although this wasn’t the race I wanted to be doing this weekend I still really had fun! It’s a first triathlon for so many people and it’s awesome to see the nervousness at the start and the excitement at the finish. I hope that this will be the start of a long triathlon career for most of them.
Next on the docket for me is the Long Bridge Swim in Sandpoint next weekend. I’ve never been in a swim race. I fully expect to get thumped by the real swimmers, but I plan on swimming without a wetsuit to get used to the kind of distance I will be swimming in Kona. It should be a lot of fun and Rumor has it there are huckleberries and chocolate milk at the finish.