Two weekends in a row, I’m racing!? This is not normal! Dave was the official photographer again for the 14th Annual UVAS Triathlon. Out in the middle of nowhere in south San Jose, this short tri has been a favorite of many.
We got up at 5am to leave the house, and the wind was howling and it was raining off and on. I’m not a huge fan of riding in the rain (not only because it is dangerous, but because I have to clean my bike after!!), so I was not excited about this. We decided to go anyway, thinking it might clear up by the time the 7:30am race started. Apparently, everyone else had the same plan – not many no shows. I spent time setting up the transition area and, by 7am, it was pouring. I set expectations with myself (and with Dave) that I would do the swim and then “evaluate the weather.” I’d have no problems packing up my stuff and heading home after finishing just the first leg. Heck, I’m not proud!
Believe it or not, the sky opened up and the sun came out as the swim started. My swim was great – I felt strong and successfully avoided all the “slime” in the reservoir. Gross. I was the 4th woman out of the water (4th by one second) and forgot all about my plan to “evaluate the weather.” I swam just over 18 minutes for 3/4 mile.
I hopped on my bike and tore off. The bike went well – it was pretty flat with a roller here and there. It was a 16 mile looped course. Around the backside of the reservoir, the rain came down again. The roads were very wet and slippery and there were many sharp turns that slowed everyone down. Out of 990 racers, no one crashed on the bike. That was a good thing. I finished the bike in about 55 minutes.
Then my favorite part. Not. The Run. My blisters had just healed from last weekend, so I didn’t even think about the “no sock” trick. The run was a 5 mile out and back course, pretty flat. The weather was cool, but not raining, which was perfect. I’m in no kind of shape right now, but managed to maintain 8:15/mile, which I was quite happy with. (Or, more likely the run course was short!)
I didn’t get a medal or anything, but enjoyed the day and was glad I decided to race. I was 15th in my age group, out of 50-something. Just fine with me.
Now I have two weeks to “cram” for a half ironman. Hmmm….