Marin County Triathlon 2015
This race was great fun! I like immersing myself in this location every year: Camping it, swimming it, biking it and running it! It is nicely organized race with nice people for the non-profit Sustainable Sports Foundation and 100% of the net proceeds go toward charity. I finished in under 3 hours, improved my PR by 2 minutes, and in the top 20 females. It was a small field and even smaller for my age group. Don't you just love small local races? I did better on my transitions and a little better on the swim and run. The bike was about the same with two minutes slower than last year. Got 2nd AG! Overall felt strong throughout. The hardest part was the first bike climb out of the water with cold legs.
The Swim: The swim was warm, in the low 60s. Wore the sleeveless wetsuit. I had brought both the tinted goggles and untinted so I had options. It was overcast so went with untinted. The current was flooding so I got to the turnaround in 13 minutes. Kept a steady pace and was overtaken by the next wave on the way back.
T1: For my transition, I didn't overthink it. My mantra was "head to toe": Stripped head to toe, dried off head to toe, then put bike things on head to toe. I took the time to put on gloves and wool socks. It was chilly so wore the windbreaker.
The Bike: The first climb hurt, as all the blood was shunted out of the legs on the cool swim. Love this course! It's so scenic and fun with all the rolling hills. My other mantra was: "Stay in the moment". I thought about this the day before to relax and not stress. I tried not to coast and kept pushing uphill and cranking on the downhills. Had 3 scoops of UCAN chocolate with protein in a gel flask for my bike, and took huge sip at each of 3 loops. Polished off two bottles of water.
T2: Again, keep it simple. Head to toe everything off, then throw on a visor, glasses and shoes. I had a hand-carry bottle of water with a gel. I was really thirsty and didn't want to stop at aid stations. It had heated up by now and I was ready to throw the windbreaker away!
The Run: Warmup for the first mile to find my legs around 9:00/min pace and then locked on a comfortably hard pace which happened to be around 8:00/min per mile. Just focused on breathing, form and relaxed effort. Had the Gu Roctane Gel after the first loop, then kicked it to 6:00 min/mile pace on the last quarter mile into the finish.
I don't know what I would have done differently, as I felt I did my best that morning. If anything, I could always run a little faster! I looked at the clock and felt I did slightly better than last year, but not by much. This was fine as my main reason for doing this is to stay fit and healthy as I get older, so I had realistic expectations. It felt a little easier this year. I was able to stick with a healthy diet and workout routine for several months leading up to the race, which is why I do it. Didn't gain a lot of weight either, which is a first. The post race breakfast was delicious pancakes and frittatas! I ate, got dressed and as I was packing my bike heard my name being called. I wasn't expecting to get a placement! I ran over there and was almost late for my first triathlon podium pic! I picked up some prizes: a new thermal swim cap, lotion and gift certificates! Love this race and look forward to doing it again.