This past weekend, I raced in the Chattanooga Olympic Tri. I did this race in 2011 leading into B2B. It is a nice race but have not worked it into the schedule again until this year. I mean, I am doing the IM in Chattanooga so it seemed like a good time to revisit this race course. Just like I am nervous for the race in September, I was oddly nervous leading into the race yesterday. I had no real time goals other than a hope and a prayer that I would be faster than my time in 2011. (I would like to think I have improved somewhat in the last three years!).
The race is a time trial start meaning you go off one at a time a few seconds apart. You might bump into a person here or there but in general it is just like a big open water swim practice. Only faster. The swim course was point to point which makes it even easier. Get in, swim a straight line and get out. My goggles fogged up to the point where I could not see buoys about halfway through so I had to clear them super quick and get back after it. I probably wouldn't have bothered to try to clear them except that I could not see anything and, well, sighting is kind of important. :)
Swim - 1500 meters 28:23 - This was actually 2 minutes slower than 2011. Oh well. Not too worried about it.
|The stairs from the swim exit to transition. Stairs seem to be a theme of this race as they are also on the run!|
Bike - 26 miles - 1:29 - TEN minutes faster than 2011!
Run - 6.2 miles - 56:13 - eight minutes faster than 2011!
Overall time 3:00:31 (you see why I am cursing the hill walks now - JUST missed a sub 3:00. Darn!) In 2011, I had a 3:17 so even though I lost 2 minutes on this swim this year, I still came out 17 minutes ahead. I am making progress!
All in all a good way to head into the last 90 days before IM Choo. Still nervous but am going to focus on the good things from the race this past weekend to get me through until my next race in August!