Well it seemed a lot like that...so here is the long and the short of it trying to focusing on the positives. Disclaimer: There is still a lot of whining and excuses and if you think this is bad, you should have read the other report!
|I felt almost as awful as the pic looks!!!|
- My transitions both seemed slow but no major issues.
|I am sooo much happier on the bike than the swim!|
- As I headed out on the run, it was very warm and humid. I had tucked my inhaler for my asthma in my sports bra before the swim and I took a couple puffs on that...perfect location for that thing. I might have to tuck it in there for some long runs and see if it bugs me as perhaps for REV3 CP, I will put it there as I feel safer having it with me and that is a convenient spot to have it.
- I had decided that I was not going to bother wasting time with my garmin and for some reason the only split times on the results page are for my swim and finishing time so I have no idea how my pacing was. This was also due to the fact that there were not clearly marked mile markers at every mile. I thought I saw a knocked over 2 and maybe a 3 but it was nothing that I could clearly track on my watch. As I neared the first turnaround I passed S (who finished third female and I got to talk to her after as I did not know her going in) and then it was just KS waaaay out in front of me. I think I just fell into I nice steady pace. I guess I figured this would be my finishing position and instead of racing hard for myself, I just ran an easy tempo.
- I was very happy to finish 2nd overall female about the 7 minutes behind KS that I had lost on the swim. All good, I was happy for her and knew that would be the outcome as she is a solid well-rounded triathlete who works hard. While everyone wants to win, I had no illusion that given my current swimming that it would be quite a stretch in an oly. It was a good training day. More than that, it was sort of a triumph to come back to a race after a bad crash and come in with a podium finish.
- I suppose afterwards, I have been a little hard on myself as I just don't feel like I pushed as hard as I could have on the bike and run. While it would not have mattered in my place, I should have raced against the clock for myself.
- I will say this again as I say every year it seems, I really really need to focus more on the swim. I am not concerned so much now as I know the shoulder is not fully healed and it is sort of a little too late for this season but in the off-season, I will make some big changes to my swim training...FOR SURE.