What a HOT (but nice) day for a triathlon in central North Carolina! It was most likely the hottest day of the summer so far. The heat index got up to 120 yesterday so it was good that I was done at 9:30 am :-) The temp was a balmy 79 degrees when I got up to drive to the race site at 5:30am. By race start at 8am it was in the mid-80s. I’ve been taking time off to let my knee get better so when it finally started to feel better this week I jumped on the opportunity to do a tri. I just love the fact that I can sign up for triathlons at the last minute now that I have my awesome bike :-) I suppose it doesn’t hurt that I keep up my swimming and biking training all summer long. I didn’t expect my best times, but overall considering my conditioning and the weather it was great!
Keeping it cool and putting gear together at transition
The lake water was like bath water, no joke. The water temp was 82 degrees!!! Yuuuuck. Oh, and it was so murky I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face. Very different from White Lake, NC.
Thankfully the water was flat as glass and the swim went off without a hitch (except that it was murky and hot). My 800 meter swim time was 15 min 27 seconds.
Ruby’s been flying lately so I wasn’t worried about the 15 mile bike ride at all! I spent most of the ride in the aero position which I really think cut down on my wind resistance and helped my time. I figured it’d take me about 40-43 min and I was spot on.
After a lightening quick transition 2 (1 min to rack the bike, swap my shoes, and throw on a visor) I was off on the run. That’s when the heat hit me. I was in the mid to upper 90s by then so I was slowing down a bit. Also, thanks Set Up Events for telling us ahead of time that the run was a trail run (sarcasm…they didn’t say anything about it). Up, Down, Up , Down, UP, UP, Steep UP in the woods does not translate into a fast run. It’s too bad because my knee has finally started to feel better. The run took me 30 min, which is about 6 min slower than the Shenandoah Tri for the Y about a month ago (and that was following a longer bike!). Overall time: 1:40:40. Definitely not my best (if you check out my PRs on the active life page you’ll see this is a bit off from my best sprint tri time), but I only signed up the morning of just for the workout so it was a WIN :-)
It’s all good it was fun :-)
What a nice and HOT morning workout. Hope you’re weekend’s been fun/relaxing/enjoyable!