- “I’d never do the Capitol View triathlon again. That bike course was too hard, I hated it” — June 2011
- “I think I’ll do the Capitol View sprint triathlon again” — March 2012
- “I can’t find an Olympic distance triathlon to do, except for Capitol View, and there’s no way I’d do that course as my first Olympic distance triathlon” — April 2012
- “Well, I need the training miles. I guess I’ll do the Olympic distance at Capitol View instead of the sprint” — June 2012
That is a true dialogue of how I found myself at the race expo on Saturday, paying a lady $10.00 more to upgrade to the Olympic distance so that I can torture myself longer on a course that I know is tough. Not only is the course tough, but I knew heat conditions forecasted could be miserable too.
But it’s good for me. It’s allllll for the IronMan 70.3 Racine on July 15th.
The swim: Before the start of the race, there was an announcement about weeds in the water. He told us that if we feel them, rest assured, they will not pull us into the water. We should just relax.
Oh. Okay. (!!!!!)
Weeds be damned, my wave of pink swim-capped ladies were swimming towards the big orange buoy that looked like a mile away. Just like in my past triathlons, I struggled with getting my face in the water to start. I’m not afraid of the water, I’m not nervous, panicked, nothing. It’s the adrenaline of starting the triathlon that causes my breathing rate to skyrocket. It took around 500 meters in until my adrenaline calmed down, but by then the course had changed direction to go head on into the biggest waves I’ve ever swam in. It took a few minutes for me to develop a strategy to dive my head through the big waves, meaning I’d come up for air after every stroke, but it got me to the next big buoy quicker. At the next big buoy the swim changed direction to go with the big waves, and then I was Michael Phelps’ing it in to the shoreline.
The bike: A truly wise triathlete gets a new style of pedals and clip-ins on the Thursday before their race, right? No? Oh. Well, that’s what I did. I needed a shoe that would be easier to deal with during the transition. I’m fortunate that it was a smooth transition to the new kind of clip-ins.
The bike course was 24.85 miles, and I have memories of how much I hated the 10 mile sprint bike course last year. With my new Quintana Roo, I felt a lot more confident on the course. Though I felt confident, my legs kind of felt like jelly at the beginning of the ride. They didn’t want to move very quickly, and I conserved energy by coasting down the hills. Later I found out that the wind was 10-15 mph, which explained why I felt so slow for the amount of effort I was exerting.
The run: Oddly, this was the portion that I was most nervous for prior to the race. The run course is on trails, with lots of ups and downs, the bulk of it is on an open field with no shade, and the high temperature for the day was 89 degrees. I ran a smart, defensive run I think. I would run halfway up the hills, walk, and cruise down the hills. I stopped at all 4 water stations, downed 2 cups of water, and poured 2 cups on my head. If I felt my face feel excessively hot I would stop and walk for a minute and then resume running. I reasoned with myself often, “Does anything hurt? Are you dizzy? How about just run to that next orange cone?” I knew it would be my personal worst 10k run, but I was in survival mode, not race mode.
After finishing the race, I was pleased with how I did for not training specifically for it. I am capable of doing an Olympic distance triathlon on a whim, how cool is that?
“I want to go back next year and break 3 hours” — June 2012