I participating in the 2013 Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon in Clermont, FL on September 29th. This was my last tri of the season and I didn't trained for it. Come to think of it, I didn't really train for Coteeman either. Why do I keep signing up for triathlons?!
Denise, Jenny and I drove the hour and a half over to Clermont on Saturday afternoon to pickup our packets and check-in to our hotel. We decided to stay the night instead of leaving at 3:00am the next morning to make the trip to Clermont. I'm very glad we did because we were able to check our bikes in at transition, get a look at the lake and drive the bike course to get a feel for the hills. And oh there were hills!
The next morning we were up, out and setup in transition with plenty of time. I was very nervous about the lake swim because it would be my longest race swim at 1/2 mile.
|Jenny loaned us Polar shirts to stay warm.|
I was in the third wave of swimmers. We got in the water, waist deep, and waited for our start time. Once it was go time, I ran in the water until it was deep enough to swim. We had to swim out to a buoy, turn left and swim to a second buoy, then turn left again and swim toward shore. I attempted the freestyle stroke that I was practicing over the summer but I was too overwhelmed with the rough water and other people swimming around me. I'm a good recreational swimmer, most comfortable with the slow breast stroke so I switched to that and took my time.
Half way to the first buoy, my non-fogging goggles were so fogged that I couldn't see. They never fog! What happened?! I had to hold on to a kayak to rinse them in the water. Afterwards, I realized that was my problem...I didn't wet my goggles before I put them on my head.
|That's me with the purple cap.|
The bike course was great in the beginning with a couple of little, manageable hills. The first major incline appeared where the sprint racers separated from the super sprint racers. After driving the course the day before, I vowed to try my hardest to make it up the steep inclines without getting off my bike to walk. As I started up the incline, lots of racers were walking their bikes up the hill but I was passing them so I struggled on, with my feet clipped in. The next portion of the course was filled with hills including one other steep incline. I enjoyed the downs with a top speed of 29mph. I managed all the hell hills, on my bike, and made it back to transition.
|I can tell from my posture that I was tired and ready to be done with hills.|
I survived the 2013 Iron Girl Tri sprint with a 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. Now that it's done, I can say that I enjoyed it too!
Overall time - 1:42:42
Swim - 23:03
Transition 1 - 3:09
Bike - 46:43
Transition 2 - 1:11
Run - 28:36
Division Place: 26/41
Overall Place: 106/218
Disclaimer: I was given an Iron Girl Tri registration in exchange for event promotion and a review. All opinions are my own.