This isn’t a typical sprint. The swim is the night before and in the pool. So the cool part about this, is you can go “all out” knowing you have until the following day to do the next two legs of the tri.
The swim was great, my goal was to hit under 10, which was exactly what I did, finishing in 9:58, which for me, is speedy.
The following morning, ate a Honey Stinger waffle and bananas, drank some Nuun and coffee.
Amber, Twila and I set up our transition areas and just watched the people coming in. Loving my OGIO bag to bring in all my stuff in.
Raced in my Velocity Sportwear kit and Zensah compression sleeves.
The gun goes off, and you then start according to your swim time. On the bike, I felt great, picking up people slowly as I headed up the hill. I was concerned that I hadn’t had my bike outside yet for the season, but felt good and felt that all the time on my trainer over the winter paid off. Hit the turnaround point, at the top of the hill and pushed as hard as I could going back down the hill. Got back into transition, quickly switched shoes (my new Asics were awesome!!), ditched my bike, helmet, gloves and jacket, and grabbed my water and race bib and was off! It’s a short 2.5 miles and then it’s over!
Coming in to my husband and our kiddos all waiting is always a great feeling!!
And I finished 3rd in my age group! Hurray!! The past two years I have been 4th, so this was awesome!
Its been a kinda crazy week between training, working, a sprint triathlon (more on that to come), my oldest daughter breaking her nose and ending up with a concussion, the start of the girls’ softball season and a great 10 mile run today.
It has been a busy week around here and with a sprint triathlon this weekend and my stepsons in town, it’s not likely slowing down!! Here is a glimpse of the week! Lots of family time between training.
What an amazing experience I had getting a professional bike fit Saturday! I wish that I would have done this sooner!
I went to B&L Bicycle in Pullman. The Level 2 Fitting is pressure mapping, range of motion and strength testing, as well as the actual fit. It was really interesting to see all the data and work out the kinks while I was there!
Brice, the owner, starts with a full interview, getting your measurements, your bikes pre-fit measurements, and your history/injuries. Then he does a series of tests to check out your strength, flexibility and range of motion. The test bike is then set to your bikes starting point, you hop on and start pedaling. As Brice does motion capture (video) of you from four different angles, to see all sides, he also does pressure mapping. Pressure mapping shows where the pressure is in your body. Brice then made adjustments to the test bike, to get better power output and less pressure. At each change, you start again, pedaling comfortably and then pedaling all out, then adjusting again. When you reach your ideal output and least amount of pressure, you hop off the test bike and Brice moves those changes over to your actual bike. Amazing!!! The evaluation is of 8 categories and 65+ individual measurements! The fit took just over 5 hours total!!! You have a follow-up after 30 days to make sure that you are still happy with the fit as your body gets used to the changes. And all Fits & Analysis have 120 day guarantee. Shortly after the test, Brice emails you all of your results. While the cost may seems steep, it is soooo worth the data you get back, the comfort of your bike after the fit and the attentiveness that you receive throughout the test.