Thursday, July 21, 2011

University of Okoboji Triathlon

We just got back from a week long road trip to Iowa to see Scott's parents and to participate in the Lake Okoboji triathlon (more on the road trip later).  This was my second year to participate in the triathlon and Scott participated in the 10k for the first time.  I did not get much training in this year (2 weeks), because I decided so late that I was going to do the triathlon.  I had originally planned on doing it and wanted to get at least 6-8 weeks of training, but then I had my eye surgery and couldn't see well for 6 weeks, so I was not sure that I would be able to do it.  I am so glad I decided to participate.  I was not expecting to do that well, but deep down I knew that my competitiveness would kick in and I wanted to beat my time from last year. 
It was an early morning again!  I had to be there by 6:30am to set up.  The swim started at 7am.  The lake was a little chilly, but once we started the swim it felt great.  The swim was 0.6 miles and I finished in 19 min and 6 sec (I beat my time from last year by 30 sec).
Hannah was still a little tired and didn't feel great that day....
Transition to biking.  I didn't have a bucket to sit on last year, so this helped a lot!
I finished the 18 mile bike ride in 53 min (I beat my time from last year by almost 2 min).
The run was cut from 5.5 miles last year to 4.2 miles this year, but I didn't know about that (the website still says 5.5 miles).  So, I was a little disappointed, because I paced myself to run 5.5.  I brought my GPS watch, so that it would be easy to pace myself, because I remembered from last year that I had no clue how far I had already run. And since I don't know the area well, I had no idea the finish line was just around the corner :).  I thought they would send us for another loop since I only had 4 miles on my watch.  I finished the run in 39 min and finished the triathlon in 1 hour and 55 min.  I finished 20th out of 120 women (last year I finished 32nd out of 132 women).  I am happy with the results.
It was a lot of fun and I am glad I participated again.  I am trying to recruit people for next years race.  Scott did great in his first 10k race.  He started the race at 9am and it was already getting very hot.  It was one of the hottest weekends in Iowa! He finished in 54min and placed 75th out of 282 people. 
Waiting for daddy at the finish line.....
What a fun morning. 

1 comment:

  1. Great job on the TRI, very impressive finish!