It's been a while and a lot has been going on since my last post. I have been training a LOT... specifically running and riding - I rode a couple of 80+ mile rides, six or seven run 5 10-14 mile runs.
I did my first triathlon of the season - Tempe International - a few weeks ago. And, I had a poor showing. I didn't taper at all, and it was hot, and I had a swimming problem. The swim was SO bad that a kayaker came up to me to ask me if I needed a break. REALLY??!! After 34:58 struggling minutes in the water, I finally made it out. I sped through transition, got on the bike and felt great - did my bike split in 1:10:28 - one of the fastest . Then, I finished it up with a 48:16 10K, total time 2:36:17. 4th in my age group and 29th female. UGH! Very frustrating!
This very poor swimming showing motivated me to sign up for Masters Swimming... two weeks of masters swimming and i was feeling pretty good...
Raced Tribal Sprint Triathlon this last Saturday morning. This race in 2009 was my first triathlon. And this particular race is geared towards swimmers - the sprint swim is 1000m, where most sprint races are 400-600m or 750m. I just went out to give it my best shot and ended up 6th overall female and won my age group! With a total time of 1:27:56! I was 24th of 75 out of the water (WOW! Huge improvement for me!), 4th on the bike and 6th on the run. FABULOUS! Very exciting for me, and I beat my 2009 time by... drum roll are you ready for this... 13 minutes!!!!! (Last year I finished in 1:41:00). Wow. What a great feeling! And, last year I was 73rd of 90 out of the water - wow.
Prepping for this weekend's half Ironman at Deuces Wild in Show Low, AZ. I'm looking forward to it. I'll report back :)