Sadly, yesterday was the last triathlon of my season at the inaugural Cedar Creek Triathlon. Other than the long walk from the car with gear and bike in hand, all else ran very smoothly. I would definitely recommend this race to anyone if they plan to have this event again next year. The air temperature was about 55 degrees so with bare feet and minimal clothing on, I was FA-REEZING! With steam coming off the lake, I knew I would warm up immediately once I got into the water. The water temperature was 78 so being in the warm, muddy water unthawed my poor little toes.
The swim went TERRIBLY! I need new goggles (and probably bigger swimming muscles). A really bright glare was coming off the lake so it was impossible to see where I was going. It ended up being about 100 meters longer than planned and I don't know if that was because of a longer than expected course or I was swimming all over that lake!
When I came out of the lake, I must have passed about 20 people on the bike and another dozen on the run. I had my fastest bike of the season, creeping closer to 20mph. Maybe next year! The run felt easy (as easy as it could feel after pedaling hard for 30 minutes). I came in 2nd in my age group and 5th overall female. It was a small race so I'm not celebrating but will come away with more confidence that I'm getting stronger on the bike.
The offseason starts NOW! I'm going to start lifting again (I promise…), get a better bike trainer, and swim harder. Next year I plan to do a few shorter races and an Ironman. I would like to do either the Kansas 70.3 again or ITU Chicago (olympic distance). I'm thinking IM Wisconsin or Louisville would work best so I would have all summer to prepare. Although it would be great to do one in the late spring in Texas, I'm not sure 3-5 hour bike trainer sessions are in the cards for me. Doing one early in the summer would allow me to have a life in the summer though…
Here's some candy for the eyes from yesterday. Triathlons are so glamorous!