My legs are extra sore this morning after competing in the Tri for the Y yesterday at the Freeport YMCA. I did this race last year and was so excited to do it again this year. I LOVE that the swim portion of the race is in the pool and it’s just a really fun event in general, whether you’ve done hundreds of triathlons or doing it as your first race. Anyway, here is a recap of the course!
325 Yard Swim
You start the swim in the deep end of the pool and swim 13 lengths and get out in the shallow end and run to the transition area. You start in the water and share the lane with one other person. I really don’t care for open water swimming and there are not too many triathlons that have a pool swim so this adds to my love for this race 🙂
Usually the bike course is 13 miles but this year there was a last minute change and it got shortened and re-routed. I think this year’s was about 11 miles. The “new” course was a two loop course that seemed like it was slightly up hill the entire time. Even though it was shorter I would say it was much more challenging! The course felt slow and so did I. It was also a windy day… I will be very excited next year when the course returns to what it normally is 🙂
This is the part that usually kills me. The course is almost completely flat. Oh, except for that GIANT hill right in the middle of it! It’s advertised as a long gradual climb but it’s really just a straight up hill. My favorite part of the run portion of triathlons is knowing there’s nothing left to do afterwards! Needless to say I was happy to cross that finish line 🙂
Angus and I both won our age groups and we got pint glasses! This was probably the most useful prize I have ever won in a race!
Also, Angus is pretty darn fast. Even if he stands on the bottom of the pool during the swim. 🙂
So what’s next? No more triathlons until August. I have my eyes on the Old Port Half Marathon in July though. Then in August it’s either REV olympic or half iron man, and tri for preservation.
This past weekend Angus and I participated in the Tri for Preservation in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. This was Angus’ first triathlon and my third and we already can’t wait for next summer to do more races! Between studying for my CPT exam and planning a wedding (that is happening in 10 days!!!), there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for training this summer. Even so, I’m very happy with my results and am eager to train for races next summer! Our great friends Mike and Courtney woke up at the crack of dawn to come cheer us on and to take great pictures! The pictures in this post are taken by Courtney Elizabeth Media.
Angus and I pre-race
The Swim- 500 yards of swimming at the beautiful Crescent Beach. Not a whole lot more to it. They had advertised that it would be an in-water start. Thankfully, they ditched the idea and it was a normal beach start. Next time I will swim more than once before the race.
Finished with the swim and running to my bike!
The Bike- The bike featured a two loop 14.5 mile course along the coast and the marshland. There were a few rolling hills but nothing major. I spent three years in college racing road bikes and for some reason, I am much much faster now than I ever was then. I wish I could say it was from all the hard training I did but I think I have ridden my bike to the Gelato Fiasco more times than I have gone for a road bike ride this summer. I guess it will just be one of those mysteries!
Almost done with the run!
The Run- “Ouch” pretty much sums up the run. It starts on a “fire road” which really felt more like the beach. SO MUCH SAND AND SO SLOW. Luckily it wasn’t a very long fire road and the run finishes on the road. There’s even an aid station at mile two with water and gatorade. It was just over three miles and I was pretty darn happy when it was over 🙂
Angus and I post-race. About to go get some bagels from 158 with Mike and Courtney!