Good, solid swim for me. Didn't need to take any breaks at all. Did a really decent job of sighting for once. On the way back, I got a little bit off course, but it was easily corrected. I rounded the buoys like a pro! :) Drafting sucked, but mostly because there was nobody around me to draft off of. We were pretty spread out. But I'm ok with that.
Was obsessing about T1 for the last three minutes of the swim, going over and over in my head the order in which I would do things, rehearsing everything. I think I'm pretty satisfied with this transition, even though it's probably one of the slowest in my AG, because I was organized (for me). And I got rid of a lot of detritus that I feel I normally clutter up my towel with. K.I.S.S.
Challenging course, but I decided to push harder on the bike than I normally like to, considering I always go easy on the bike so I can kill it on the run (this strategy does not win races, btw). I figured that since running is my strongest sport, I could push harder on the bike, muddle through the run and still post a reasonable time. I think this was the way to go. I tried to eat something every 20 minutes, because my nutrition usually sucks on the bike. I was very happy with this ride, even though it was long (grrrr).
Could not get the bike reracked properly (my wetsuit was in the way). I was not sensible enough to move the wetsuit, just kept trying to get the wheel into the slot. Oy. That slowed me down. Otherwise, good and organized T2.
What would you do differently?:
Maybe not throw my wetsuit ON the bike wheel rack.
Hot, hot, hot. Second loop I was starting to hurt. Took water and orange slices (OMG, orange slices) at every aid station. GU gel at mile 11. Pushed through at the end when I spotted a chick in front of me with a 31 on her calf. She made me work for it, but I dropped her at 12 and just took off.
Walked around, even though my legs were screaming to sit down. Went back into Lake George and chilled the muscles. Stretched and stretched some more.
This was the first year for the Half Iron distance and I think they did a great job. I enjoyed the course, they were organized and the food/drinks/goodie bag/prizes at the end were great (they had FRUIT SMOOTHIES at the finish, people). Would definitely consider doing this one again. Especially if they re-measured the bike course. ;)
Last updated: 2011-08-11 12:00 AM
Adirondack Race Management
Overall Rank = 94/224
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/12
Couldn't sleep (yes, that's part of my pre-race routine: not sleeping). Got up at 4:45, had a banana, grabbed my things and headed to the race.
I think I stretched a teeny bit.