This year’s triathlon season really snuck up on me! Our prolonged winter kind of had me in denial of sorts. Nonetheless, I completed the Westfield’s Sprint Triathlon last weekend. Here’s a quick recap of how it went and what I will be working on going forward.
Westfield’s Sprint Triathlon
I completed this tri race in 2017 and had a huge PR mostly due to my much faster bike times. I did not have as many opportunities for outdoor riding due to cold weather this year. However, my rides the last few weeks were pretty solid. I felt pretty confident going in. My recent run + bike bricks were also pretty good.
Rain was predicted but luckily we were spared and awoke to temps in the mid 50’s. The Westfield’s Sprint Triathlon takes place at Rec center with an indoor pool. The bike and run take place in the surrounding area. I easily found my bike rack at set up my transition area.
Met up with my friends for a quick photo before lining up for the swim. Triathlons are always more fun when you have friends along for the ride.
The Swim- 250 m snake swim
A fairly short swim even for a sprint. I felt comfortable on pool swim and was in and out in just over 5 minutes. Because the swim was in an indoor rec center, the transition time to get to my bike was a little long.
The bike- 12 miles
With temps in the 50’s, I opted to shimmy my wet self into a jacket for the bike. I had a little trouble getting out of transition but once I got going felt great. Maintained about 17 mph pace. A little slower than last year’s pace. Chugged some Gatorade and had a handful of Honeystinger gels before heading out on the run.
The run- 5K
Always my most challenging leg of a tri race and this day was no different. I have no idea why but I got a horrible calf cramp about a minute into my run. I tried to keep running and ignore it but ouch no such luck. I pulled over to stretch on the curb a few times but it did not help at all. This has never happened before and I have no idea what caused it. Normally, this would have had me in tears, but I did my best to get through it and get to the finish as best I could.
This first race of the season showed me that I am a little rusty for sure. Overall, I am happy with my effort. While I am disappointed with my run, there really was nothing I could have done. I am excited for the rest of my triathlon season. Thanks for hanging in on a long recap!