Once a year, whether I need it or not. :-)
The Gator Grinder sprint triathlon in Canby, again, hanging with Team Estrogen and Friends. I'm in the "Friends" group.
Upgraded my triathlon wear to a new Sugoi top.
Collected Cecil and we carpooled on over. I had a 9:30am start; hers was 9:45, so no need to rush. The weather was... damp-ish. Coolest, wettest triathlon I've ever participated in. I had extra layers ready for the bike and run legs, and a big plastic bag to put over the top of them so they wouldn't get wet in the rain.
Much visiting and twitching beforehand. I don't usually get this worked up before a bike ride anymore, but this was a race. Starting with swimming. My pre-swim-meet jitters completely took over.
|pic by Cecil Reniche-Smith|
Good swim lane, no demented frogs this year. Wish I could say the same about my swim. A few seconds faster than last year is all I can say. Transition to bike took a bit longer - with the cold wet, I elected to pull on knee warmers. This was a good thing. 2:45 faster than last year.
Didn't feel like I was running on wooden legs on the transition to the run. Cecil was coming in on her bike as I was about a half mile or so into the run. To the school, around the track twice, pass Cecil again, back to the start. Big TE and Friends crowd at the finish :-) Hugs, congratulations, pictures, waiting for Cecil. And there she was.
3:00 faster on the run.
|Pic by Jeff Mendenhall|
|pic by Jeff Mendenhall|
We walked back to the start area to put away our bikes and get our shower stuff. Once we were clean and warm, headed out to the post-race TE tailgate party area.
Many fabulous door prizes were won. I got a gift cert, which I promptly turned into a Transition Mat (think small yoga mat. works as a transition mat, something to sit on, all sorts of uses). Results were slowly announced. I had a cheeseburger and sides and cookies while waiting for my age group... Our group picked up MANY of the ribbons.
Waiting... 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd... They weren't calling times, and I heard the 2nd place called, and, well, she always beats me. Or so I told Cecil, right before they called my name for 1st in my age group. Squeak! First out of seven in my age group, and I took first place by 5 minutes.
A good day!
And great fun on Monday, sharing at our group standup. To quote a co-worker: "you CRUSHED!".