I had to do Vineman Showdown again this year…after last year’s issues at this race (fall, bike problems, wearing chain grease across my face, etc), I wanted to come back and be a little more successful. That said, I probably won’t do this race again with the course changes they made and my general lack of enthusiasm for afternoon starts (this year the race started at 4pm, my wave at 4:30 pm). Still it was exciting as today was Jenn’s first triathlon! I will let her tell her race story on her own blog but I’m very proud of her!!!
Enough waiting already, let’s start!
Our wave goes off!
0.25 mi Swim. Including run onto the beach and up a steep hill to the timing mat. 2009 time: 10:16. 2010 time: 7:25
T1. 2009 time: 2:21. 2010 time: 2:07 Got my wetsuit off a little faster.
New added course feature (blech): 0.25 mi run with your bike to the mount line. Uphill. 2:19.
9 mile Bike. Windy, hilly, bumpy and fun! 2009 time: 42:10. 2010 time: 33:31
New added course feature (double blech): 0.25 mi run with your bike from the dismount line to transition. Steep downhills. 2:18.
3 mile Run. Uphill, downhill, flat, uphill, downhill, flat. 2009 time: 25:49. 2010 time: 25:12. With that extra 1/2 mile of running with my bike weighing on my legs, I’ll take it.
Done. Really really really done. Total time 7.5 minutes faster than last year, even with that extra 1/2 mile of hill running thrown in.
After cheering Jenn in to her finish…*
*I may or may not only be posting this picture because it makes my butt look small.
we were happy to be done with our “evening” sprint and go home!
Super duper huge gigantic thanks to my wonderful amazing fantastic rockstar husband for driving me to and from the race, taking pictures and generally being awesome.