Lake Samish Tri, Bellingham, WA – 08/07/2010
Back in May of 2010, I was having so much fun training for ChelanMan that I signed up for a second tri before even completing my first! Luckily, I had a great time in Chelan, and my goal for this second one was simply to finish without having any breakdowns.
I also decided, since it was only a 90 minute drive away, that I would save the motel money and just drive up in the early early AM. Although this ended up working just fine, I don’t recommend it. 3am is eeeaarrrllly.
The water was noticeably warmer than the air, probably around 70 degrees (the air being 60 or less). I put myself a little further towards the front this time, but ended up getting passed a bunch. I’m still figuring out where I belong in the pack (granted, it’s sure to be a different pack every time!). This race had the men start 5 minutes ahead of the women, which meant the women had to stand around in the water waiting, which some were very verbally complaining about (and I don’t blame them a bit).
The gun went off, and we set out. The water was flat and calm, so all I had to worry about was running into people and staying on course. I almost failed the latter as I made the turn around the first buoy and headed towards the 3rd! I caught myself after a dozen strokes or so, but felt very silly.
The forecast in the week leading up to the race had been for rain, but I was really hoping for a break. No such luck. Although it wasn’t a downpour, there was plenty enough mist on the bike to keep me wet and cold and miserable (yet still, somehow, having fun!). The course was a double loop around the lake. It was gorgeous, with only mild hills (though I didn’t think they were very mild at the time).
I was pretty drenched, cold and tired by the time I started the run. Plus, the route started with a pretty brutal uphill section. My legs felt like lead, and I was sure I was going at a snail’s pace. Halfway through the run I finally looked up and realized what a beautiful area it was, and I was smiling from there to the finish (in my head, anyway).
My friend Michelle (who was kind enough to get up at the crack of dawn to come cheer me on) and I then headed to Bellingham for the traditional celebratory Pina Colada (or two). this time at Dos Padres:
swim: 18:17 / bike: 52:35 / run: 30:06
(distances: .5 / 14.75 / 3.1 miles)
placed: 11/14 in my division, 125/186 overall