Once there, I set up my transition area, picked up my race chip and did the whole body marking thing. I was a little bit nervous about the open water swim because the river was pretty high and had a strong current. I haven't even attempted an open water swim since last November because the river has been high for months now. Every time I have planned to go for a swim, the river has been above flood stage and the weeks when I could have gone in the river, I was either out of town or racing. Needless to say, I knew that my swim was going to be slow and tough. As soon as I had everything in place for the race, I went down to the river and jumped in to see what the river was like.
I am very glad that I did a short warm up swim because the water was crazy tough! I knew that as soon as the race started I needed to swim hard and just keep swimming. After a 15 minute delayed start, the race director decided to shorten the swim course by a few meters and then we were off. I was in the third wave and so after a few minutes my swim began. I am not even going to lie, my swim time sucked and I am sort of embarrassed by it but oh well. I will just have to try to do better next time. I felt strong coming out of the water and was determined to try and make up some time.
I jumped on my bike and felt great. I live just a few miles from this course and I have been practicing this ride for months now. I knew that I sucked at the swim but I was determined to beat my bike split from last year. I started riding and felt so at home on the course.
I was able to pass quite a few people on the bike and even a few guys with fancy race wheels...I don't think they liked that! I made it back with my fastest bike split ever and after a quick shoe change I started my run.
I am a runner. I love running and it is where my heart is at. I was so excited to be at the run portion of the race, that I didn't even think about how jelly like my legs were feeling. The run course at Tavern is awesome because it is mostly on shaded trails with a quick loop through a neighborhood and then back to the finish line via trails. I had a small mishap with my shoe and had to stop to readjust the laces which totally sucked. I know this cost me a few seconds but things happen. I was able to pass a lot of people on the run and I finished with a new Tavern PR.
I finished third in my age group which was a complete surprise to me because I literally thought the swim had killed my race.
I had a wonderful time at the race and was wishing that we could do it all again as soon as it was over. The best thing about the race though was that I was able to see what I need to work on for the next race (swimming and transitions) and I finished with a smile on my face. I love the Tavern Tri!