A quick last minute decision – race the Monte Rio Olympic Distance triathlon on June 2nd. I signed up about two weeks before the race. I figured, it would be good to get one race “practice” under my belt this season before Ironman, especially if I want to better at IMLP this year. Plus, the race was a new addition from the team that runs Vineman – and lots of my friends from Golden Gate Triathlon Club (GGTC) were participating.
The race was sandwiched in between a perfect Northern California weekend. On Saturday, my friends Ann, Heather, Rachel and I cycled near Monte Rio – tackling most of the Levi’s Grand Fondo Medio Route which includes a stretch of Highway 1 and a climb up Coleman Valley Road. Post race on Sunday, we spent some time at a pool, then Stonestreet Winery and finished with dinner at Chalkboard – a new restaurant in Healdsburg (fresh crab and tater tots, yum!).
The race was great! It was a perfect course for my strengths. Here’s a quick recap.
Olympic Distance – Swim 1.1 miles, Bike 25 miles, and run 6.2 miles
Overall Time/Finish: 2:51/8th in age group
- Swim – a bit uneventful. It was longer than it should have been. I’m glad I wore my wetsuit (it was the one thing I had been debating before the race). And, I’m pretty sure that I hit my fellow GGTC member Erika several times – sorry Erika! Time: 30 minutes
- Bike: What a perfect course for my strengths! Flat and fast! From the moment I left the transition area to the time I returned, I felt like my goal of improving the bike was paying off! Lots of bikes in transition when I left and not many when I returned. I only recall a couple women passing me. And yes, I do recall feeling a bit competitive! Time: 1:17 (19 mph average)
- Run: First, there was my rookie transition move – I had my shoelaces tied on my new shoes. Oops. It took the first mile to get into a groove on the run. I felt confident running, but I definitely did not push myself. I only seemed to remember to race when I was coming into the finisher’s chute and there was a woman in front of me struggling up the little steep hill before the finish line – “I’ve got this,” and passed her. I think I spent most of the run looking for my GGTC teammates to say hi. I almost feel like I forgot to run. Time: 55 minutes (8:53 pace)
The race definitely reinforced that my training is on track and I am getting stronger. It helped me think about where to spend the next 5 weeks before IMLP too. I’m excited to see if I can put a little more rigor into the run like I have on the bike. The race also reminded me to push myself a little harder – if I’m swimming laps in the hotel pool after the race, I might not have pushed hard enough!