This past Sunday I raced in the PT Solutions Allatoona Sprint Triathlon. It was a 500 meter swim, 16 mile bike ride and a 5K run. This was my 1st time doing this race, and overall it was a great time.
I packed for the tri Friday night, because it was a busy weekend in our household. Shaun had a jiu jitsu tournament all day Saturday. This is what I packed:
- Flip Flops
- Swim cap
- Bike (not pictured…) & bike tools
- Shoes for bike
- Water Bottle
- Towels (2)
- Small towel
- Change of clothes
- USAT Card
I also packed stuff to sleep in Acworth since we got a hotel so we didn’t have to wake up super early and drive.
Shaun’s tournament was pretty fun to watch, and he did really great!
After his tournament, we ate dinner at the CNN Center, went back home to switch cars, get my bike and Mac, and headed to Acworth.
Since we were pretty close to the race and I had picked up my packet earlier in the week, we didn’t get there until about 6:45AM. I didn’t get my stickers for my bike & helmet so I did have to pick those up, along with my timing chip and get body marked. It was kind of crazy for a second situationg myself, but I got it together. I also got my bike checked out by Cannon Cyclery to make sure all was well before I started.
They were running 15 mintues behind, which gave me time to get everything ready in transition, stretch a little, and of course hit up the porta potty!
Finally it was time to start. The swim went crappy..as usual. I always have high hopes that I’ll swim freestyle and stay calm, but that never seems to be the case. It was a struggle and I was constantly getting kicked or kicking people. There was a point that I did backstroke for a bit just to collect myself. The water temp was 84 degrees. A little too warm, but what are you gonna do? Eventually I made it out of the water at 13:18.
Next up was the 16 mile bike ride. I was excited for this one since I knew it would be a good course. It was similiar to the Acworth Women’s Tri’s bike. Everything was great, I accidentally ate a little too many sports beans at once, but it turned out to be good for me.
I don’t remember the mile number, but after I turned off of Cobb Pkwy, I saw a rock in the road and thought “someone better move that out of the way!“. I came out of the curve and saw a woman on the side of the road trying to change her tire. As always I called out to see if she needed help and she said the tire won’t come off. I slammed on my brakes, jumped off my bike and ran to her. Part of me was like “what are you doing!?!?!” and the other was all “can’t let a fellow triathlete be stranded like this!”.
She wasn’t kidding, that tire was a b*!c4 to get off! I ran back to get my tire lever, and as I was an equestrian truck was about to pull in the driveway my bike was in front of, so I had to run back, grabbed my bike and ran with it to the woman. Nucking Futs!!
Eventually she got the tire off and sent me on my way. I didn’t get her name or anything, but I hope she finished the race! It probably added 4 or 5 minutes to my bike time, but I don’t regret it. My total bike time was 1:03:59.
Next up was the lovely run! I knew this one would be hilly, but somehow it wasn’t as bad as I remembered! I ran about 95% of it, which in my book right now, is great for me. Even my mile splits weren’t bad! My hip did bug me, and so did my foot, but I stuck it out. My total run time was 35:03.
My official time was: 1:55:21. Not too bad…6th in my Age Group.
500 Meter Swim, 16 Mile Bike, 5K Run
Next up, the Peachtree Road Race on the 4th!