The Reston Sprint Triathlon is one of my favorite races and I look forward to it as the official start to my summer tri season. This year, not only was my spring bike training really derailed with all the rain we had in April and May, the race was almost cancelled due to weather.
On Friday afternoon, the forecast was looking quite grim with heavy storms & dangerous lightening predicted. Just what you want for a tri race right? The race organizers were really on top of the situation sending out emails detailing their rain plans. There was some talk of canceling the swim and just doing the bike and run if the rain came in. The final decision would be made at 4 am Sunday morning.
I was so stressed on Saturday not knowing if we would have the race or not. I prepped my flat mama and adding in a few extra rain layers and tried to get some sleep. I have really developed some serious race anxiety. I was up all night looking out the window to see if it was thundering. I got up at 4:30 and was pleasantly surprised to see that the storms had moved off and the rain had stopped. The race was on!
I picked up my Tri buddy, Holly, and met up with our other MRTT friends at the transition to set up our stuff. Body marking is such a fun triathlon tradition. I could probably do without my age on my calf though.
The pool had warmed up to a nice 84 degrees and before we knew it the race was starting. I felt pretty good on the swim and did not get trampled on or passed too much. This was a snake swim so everyone is swimming in the same direction for the whole 400 meters. Felt pretty good exiting the pool and heading towards T-1. Swim time was right where I expected.
Quickly hopped on my bike and headed out. I was a little nervous about the wet roads as this course has a few sharp turns but once I got going, I felt a little better. My bike time was about 1-2 minutes slower than I had expected. Not really sure why. Finished the 3 loop course and headed back to T-2.
Off to the run! I know from previous experience that this is a hilly course. I felt great coming off the bike and my first mile was strong. I hit the big hill at mile 2 and slowed down a bit. I saw lots of people walking the hill and I was determined not to. I felt stronger on the run than I ever have before. So happy to find out that I dropped 1:30 off my run time from last year. Ended up with a 10 second PR-I will take it!
Overall, a great race and a fun time. I’ve got some work to do before my next tri in 6 weeks. I know I can have an even better bike and run time.
I need to do something about my race anxiety. Does anyone else have this issue? Any tips for me?