There's only so much I can say about a sprint tri, so I'll do it quickly. And with pictures. Everybody likes pictures.
It's always better to race with friends! With Mary Sue and Meredith.
I've been using this giant tub of Aquaphor for training and racing for like 2 years now. It's awesome.
Eventually we put our wetsuits on and headed down to the lake. Right after this photo, the first wave jumped in the water so we got in to warm up.
After about 5 minutes in the water, we realized they hadn't started the first wave yet. 30 minutes later, they announced there was a delay due to bike course issues. 45 minutes after that (over an hour after our original wave start time), we finally started the race. A bit of the excitement - and all of the warmup - was gone at that point.
Swim - a 400 yard swim that was in reality 550-600 yards. I swam hard, I stayed in the mix with a lot of other women, I got out. 10:19, including the run up the beach and all the way to transition.
T1 - felt like it took forever but I was in and out in 52 seconds. Fastest in my AG.
Bike - either 9 miles (officially) or 8.5 (my Garmin). In either case, a big victory for me as for the first time ever in a race, I averaged over 20 mph for the entire ride. And also higher than my threshold power by several watts, so maybe someone has improved since the last bike test! 25:29.
T2 - 35 seconds, 2nd fastest in AG (only because the girl who was faster set up her transition against a tree, after they told us we HAD to be on a rack and couldn't set up there. I guess showing up late pays off).
Run - 3 miles, and this is the part where I D-I-E-D. My legs made sure to point out that I had just run an Ironman marathon 4 weeks ago and they had zero speed training on them. So I ambled up and down the hills as best I could and made it to the finish. 24:18.
In the end, this race served as a nice baseline for all the improvements I plan to make next year racing sprints with some actual speedwork under my belt! It was also good enough for 7th/90 in my age group and 24th/438 overall (apparently my AG was stocked with a lot of the fast women!). So guess who's qualified for USAT age group nationals for next year?!*
*yes, it was a USAT sanctioned race, I've checked like a dozen times to be sure!