Sunday June 21st I headed east for my 1st triathlon of this season, I was giddy to say the least! I love the triathlon community and the sport. I had originally signed up for Maumee Bay Tri but then learned that this one was the same day. I switched to the Munroe Falls Tri because of the driving distance. Both are great races but I had much to do that weekend and didn't want to waste too much time in the car.
The swim went much better than expected. I hadn't been swimming much and it was my first time in the open water since last season. The water was a bit cooler than expected but no worries, I adjusted well. The swim is an out and back. I struggled to find my groove on the way out but once I turned the buoy I found my groove and kicked butt coming into the beach.
The bike was challenging. I assumed that all of my spinning sessions would help but this was also my first time on my road bike since last season. There were lots of hills! I struggle on inclines. I kept getting passed on the bike and was getting frustrated but I kept pushing through and forward. There was another female that I would pass on the downhill and she would pass me on the uphill, she kept me motivated.
My run was great, I PR'd and felt fabulous. My competition from the bike was gaining on me, passed me once, then I passed her and pushed myself to keep the lead. I'm not usually competitive, I do these races for fun, the atmosphere, the accomplishment, and the great people. I must say that I enjoyed the competition and she no doubt helped me PR'd. She pulled back the last 1/2 mile as I sprinted through the finish line.
I PR'd overall from the last couple of years. My swim was stronger, the bike average was about the same, and my run was badass. It was a really great race by Champ Racing. I was elated to see so many familiar faces and new faces as well!