This is such a fun race! It's a quick 20 minute drive from my house so I didn't have to get up before 5am (always a plus in my opinion) to get there. Parking is easy, transition is totally chill, and it was a nice morning! I even got to catch up with friends I hadn't seen in a while. The only glitch in the morning was that I messed up the start time so I didn't leave enough time to get a quality swim warm-up in.
Rattlesnake has a time-trial start in reverse age order which has its pros and cons. On the good side, the 5 second spacing means little to no drafting on the bike. I didn't see any groups out on the course! On the bad side, you never know where you are in your age group and the swim is a little weird too. I just didn't feel like I could get into a good rhythm (doesn't that word just look strange?) with swimmers on the outside, inside, middle of the "lane". Oh, and the other great thing about this race? Wetsuit strippers! Randi helped me out of mine and she was the best - that was the fastest I've gotten out of that wetsuit all year!
The race? It was over before I blinked! 1:06 is a really, really quick race! I swam longer than that this morning! And with all this ironman training, redlining for an hour is pretty painful. I forgot what I sound like when I'm on the edge.....something like a donkey hee-hawing:) The family was there at the end and since it was a non-Ironman race, they all ran in with me at the end - awesome (but no picture - bummer)!
|where is that finish line???|
Kompetitive Edge was out there supporting the race and it's always great to see teamies Ryan, Brandon, Bob and Scott! Way to represent KE!
Now back to our regular schedule of Ironman training...a couple of BIG weeks coming up, Harvest Moon half in 3 weeks, and the final push to KONA. Holy moly, I can't believe we are almost there.