I feel like I have been training for and talking about this Westfields Sprint Tri for months now. Since I officially started training for it back in January, I guess I have. Spoiler alert: it was pretty great and I am excited to share how it all went down with you today.
Westfields Sprint Tri
Writing my race day letter to myself a few weeks ago helped to remember how hard I’ve worked and to ease some of my race day anxiety. I can so easily let race day nerves get the best of me and I found, this time around, writing out my whole race plan and then imagining myself performing each step was a game changer. I literally read and re-read my whole race day plan a few times the days before and the imagined myself experiencing the race just that way. I will be doing this from now on.
Woke up at 4:15 am (why do these things have to start so early?) and arrived at the race at 5:45 to set up my transition. I loved that our names were printed on the bike racks. I had plenty of space to set up my gear.
My MRTT friend Laura was fortunately right across from me.
This swim was a 250 yard swim in an indoor pool at a rec center. The swim was self seed and I put myself right where I thought I should be. It went smoother than I expected and I only got caught up in a pack twice. Finished the swim in 5:15 which included getting out of the pool and running across the mat. Very happy with that time for this distance. Those master swim classes are helping quite a bit.
They did not provide out T-1 times but I know it was around 2:30 m we had a long run from the pool to the are that our bikes were racked. Running barefoot through the parking lot not my fave.
The Bike- 12 miles on a 2 loop course
My plan was to go out hard and fast and give it my all on the bike. Those hill rides I have been doing the last few weeks have really helped me to up my bike confidence and fitness. I averaged over 18 miles an hour. Best tri bike leg I’ve ever had by minutes. Pulled back slightly on the last 2 miles to get ready to run.
Smooth and fast I am guessing around 1:30 m
The Run- 5K
No matter how great I feel when I get off of the bike, I continue to find the run challenging and today was no different. I pulled back on the first mile (per my plan) to get my HR under control and find my rhythm. I was supposed to gradually increase my pace in the second & third miles but I just couldn’t get my legs to move any faster. Was able to pull out a little burst when I saw the finish w and average pace of 10:18. I was hoping to be more around a 9:50 per mile. My weakness is running off of the bike and that’s what I will be working on the next few weeks.
I knew I had managed a PR in the sprint tri distance but did not realize until I got home that I had an 8 minute PR from my last tri! I am more than happy with the start of my season and look forward to seeing how I will do once I figure out that running part. The Westfields tri was one of my favorites and I know I will be back next year.
Thanks for reading this long recap! Next race in 4 weeks
Any tips on how I can get better running off of the bike?