Mid-summer is here with long days, parched lawns and ripe blackberries. Mid-summer is also triathlon time and this year put me at the 5 mark. I decided to go for the Olympic distance course again, hoping to improve my time from last year. My good friend Bronwen, whom I met through Jonas' co-operative preschool, was also doing the Olympic at Seafair, so I had a friendly face to look for on the big day. We actually ended up with similar bib numbers and set up on the same rack in the staging area.
I still had my goal in mind of finishing in under 3 hours and felt that I had a decent chance given that I actually did adhere to a training program this year. I also was able to bike commute to work quite a bit starting in June, which gave me more bike time than I usually get for training. The day of the event was forecast for quite hot, but it has been a hot summer in general and I did many runs in hot and humid weather. It was 77 degrees in the water when our wave started at 6:45am. By the time I was in the running segment it was easily 85 degrees out.
2015 - Olympic
Finished in 3 hours 11 minutes. Almost 10 minutes better than my finish last year. Not quite to my goal time of less than 3 hours overall. I managed to cut 3 minutes from the swim time and 5 from the bike, but my run time was exactly the same. I was really feeling the heat fatigue at that point and my legs were feeling shot from pushing myself in the bike section. Perhaps if I do the Olympic next year, it will be a nice cool morning. Still, I'm happy to be making progress and getting better. Bronwen was doing her first Olympic distance and placed 5th in our age division. Nicely done! I was 15th in our division and 318 out of 350 finishers. Moving up, slowly, but surely.
Bronwen and I carpooled in the morning and then our husbands came later with the kids to cheer us on. Nick was able to be my trusty photog again and get a few action shots and our traditional post-race shot with Jonas.
He was not so pleased me picking him up, given how sweaty I was -- but we managed to get a good shot for posterity. And eventually I even got a sweet little kiss.
Future triathlete? Keep working on those swim skills, kid.
I'm debating on whether to do an Olympic again next year or see how much my Sprint time has improved since 2013. For now, I'm enjoying my recovery week and glad to have another year under my belt.