I was hoping my new plan of starting at the left side of the swim wave would keep me out of the washing machine and away from slower swimmers. It may have worked if I hadn't been sidetracked by other issues.
I "drank" from the lake several times.
No matter how much I swam, that second buoy never got any closer.
I really need to work on my upper body strength so this doesn't keep happening.
As I rounded the third buoy I got a solid clonk on the head.
She was super apologetic though and we kept swimming.
After the swim I went through T1 agonizingly slowly and started biking.
I felt really good. Being on a familiar course was helpful, and I was glad that I had made progress on my cycling skills compared to years past!
I got to the turnaround where I almost did not actually make the turn.
I should really work on that.
I guess New Me still has some work to do.
The run was good. Nothing scary/exciting happened and I managed to keep my pace just under 9 minute miles. I hustled to the finish line to claim my wonderful finisher's medal.
I found Christy, who had already finished,
I high-tailed it to the food tent and got some delicious wraps, some Chobani yogurt, and, of course, coffee! But, as I was drinking said coffee I felt something touch my lip.
So, I guess that made up for the lack of "exciting" moments during the race.
I love this course and will probably do this race again. Athleta/Iron Girl was very organized, had great swag (hello Athleta t-shirt!), and had phenomenal course support. And thanks to fellow FitFluential ambassador Axel, I found out that Meghann is from FitFluential too! How did I not know that??
Also, somehow I managed to shave 5 minutes off my swim from 2011, giving me a 5 minute PR!!
That said, the Athleta Iron Girl gets my official seal of approval.
So, who's joining me next year?
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