New London, CT. Sunday, July 15, 2012.
Results here. 1:34:07. 75th out of 321. PR by more than 5 minutes over last year's time.
7AM start, typical early start for tris. My support crew (Jana) was good enough to get up with me and be out the door by 5:30AM for the morning's activities.
Swim: 21:22. 220th out of 321. 0.5 mile triangular course. 3 minutes faster than last year.
|Pre-race jitters just before swim start|
|Swim course looked daunting to me|
|Return swim to shore: I'm somewhere in here getting trampled|
|Yes! I survived the swim, and |
didn't drown. On to the bike.
|Bike dismount at end of course before entering transition area|
Despite trying tips from veterans to ease the transition and Gumby-like feeling in the legs (such as spinning in low gear before getting off the bike), I still had trouble getting going on the run. First mile was a disappointing 6:26, fortunately followed by 6:02 and then 5:52 for the final mile.
|Start of the run: finally I'm in my element|
Running through a water fountain to cool off
|Time to chase down|
|End of the tri: I gave it my all|
(take 2 minutes off clock for swim wave start adjustment)
Low points: T1 was too slow at 2:08. Also need to get going on the run a little quicker, or at least get into my groove sooner.