The Coteeman Sprint Tri is a small, local race with a lovely, safe pool swim. No creatures from the black lagoon lurking beneath my feet. No need to freak out because of the swamp water smell or murky waters all around me. I grew up swimming and playing in Florida lakes but the one tri I did with a lake swim, freaked me out! Anyway...back to the clear, non scary waters of a pool.
This was my second time participating in the Coteeman Sprint Tri. I must admit that I didn't train as much as I should have. I was running, biking and swimming as my usual exercise, but I didn't put them together and do any bricks. It was a pool swim so I knew I'd survive.
We even bought fancy sTRIders tri suits!
The short pool swim was great. I was in and out and on to transition 1. I know I need to work on speeding up my transitions times. I'm too particular to get in and out of transition quickly. I actually left grass on my feet this year instead of wiping it all off before I put my socks on my feet.
I was off on the bike portion. For this course, we had to bike two loops before finishing the bike miles. On the first loop I caught up to my hubby Mike. That wasn't a good sign because he started his swim before me and is faster on the bike. He was sick and having a hard time breathing. He decided to take a DNF (did not finish) after the first bike loop. I was sad for him but kept on pedaling. After my two loops, I biked back to transition.
I felt like I had a million accessories switching from the bike to run. I had to remove my helmet and bike shoes and put on my Garmin, hat, sunglasses, race belt and running shoes. With that done, I was ready for the final run part of the tri. I finished faster than last year but not quite as fast as a normal 5K.
I beat all of my times from last year. I won 3rd place for my age group this year! Woot! Woot! Last year, I won first place for my age group but had a slower time by 3 minutes. My boys were confused by that. I explained that there was steeper competition this year.
The sTRIders cleaned up this year with members taking first place over all for male and female.
Overall time - 1:07:30
Swim - 3:50
Transition 1 - 2:48
Bike - 29:34
Transition 2 - 1:49
Run - 29:32