The Rochester Triathlon fit perfectly and since we are members of the RATs it was nice to do our group's triathlon. We picked the sprint distance since we haven't had as much time to swim and bike with marathon training, and I had a secret goal for both of us: to place in our age groups.
The one nice thing about this race is that it is about 10 minutes away from our house. We still had to wake up before 6am so we could feed our pets, but it wasn't 4:45am!
We had picked up our packets the night before, and Mike got his flat tire taken care of, so when we arrived we picked up our chips, got our body markings done and started to set up our transition areas. Even though the sprint triathlon wasn't supposed to start until 8:30am the transition area still closed at 7:30am because of the Olympic triathlon start of 8am. There was a safety meeting at 7:40am so Mike and I went down to the beach and waited for the meeting.
Right before the meeting, Amber, Greg and the kids arrived! Soon after that our friends Ron and Elyse and their daughters arrived as well. We were really happy we had some supporters for the triathlon (another bonus of doing our hometown tri).
I'm excited, Mike in the background does not look excited!
Ready for our fifth triathlon!
The safety meeting was pretty brief and then a fellow triathlete sang the National Anthem and the Olympic race was on its way! I had decided to wear my wetsuit and Mike went without, we decided it was a type of "experiment" to see which was faster, ha.
Swim Leg (.47 miles) - Jamie: 12:57, Mike: 13:09
At 8:30am, Mike's wave got into the water and he was off and swimming. I could see him for a little while but then I had to get into the corral to get ready for my wave. We were counted into the water and then we had a little while to wait, as usual all the girls were chatting prior to the start. All of a sudden the announcer said, "go!" and I was off and running. The water was really shallow at first so I took about two running steps and then got in the water to swim.
There were a few girls near me in the beginning, but almost immediately I pulled away from everyone. I knew that I was in first, in my wave, and I just focused on getting to the first orange buoy. The sun was in our face for the first little bit, but then it was better after the first turn. I had caught up to, and bumped into, a few of the prior wave swimmers and I just told myself to push it (since the swim was so short).
I got to the second buoy and made the final turn back toward the beach. I knew I was still in first and I just pushed as hard as I could. I could see the orange buoys for the start and the white flags indicating the swim exit and I swam until my hands hit the bottom twice. I jumped up, started to run and undo my wetsuit and I ran up the hill toward the transition area. I saw Amber on the sidelines and she told me I was first (I ended up having the second fastest swim time for all females)!
Mike at the end of his swim leg
Transition 1 - Jamie: 1:21, Mike: 1:08
Mike getting ready for his bike leg
I ran into the transition area, got my wetsuit off quickly and got ready to go on the bike. As I ran out of the transition area all of our supporters cheered me on and I got to the mount line. I was able to get on the bike relatively easily and I was off.
Ready to get on the bike
Bike Leg (20K or 12.4 miles) - Jamie: 46:15, Mike: 39:54
The bike leg was interesting, the sprint athletes had to do two-loops and the Olympic athletes had to do four-loops. The beginning was a little bit cluttered and I just focused on keeping a good pace. I didn't get into aero too much in the beginning, and I had to avoid some newer triathletes who didn't follow the drafting rules very well, and I took it easy on some of the turns.
The middle of the first loop
Mike going by everyone
The nice part about the bike course was that you were able to go by the transition area a few times, so we could see our supporters a lot! I waved to them each time that I went by. As I went by the transition area the first time and I got close to the hillier section, I saw Mike! We waved to each other and I headed into the wooded section of the race.
Some of our people <3
It was a little bit hard to see (I was wearing my new sunglasses) and the hills were a bit tough, but I kept pushing. I saw our friend, Heather, who was volunteering for the race at almost the top of the hill and I said hi. There was a nice downhill in this section and I couldn't really get in aero because there were some scarier turns.
Yay! Half way done!
Mike speeding along
I got back on the main road and as I was approaching the second loop, I saw Mike again! After passing by our support crew, I saw two people walking on the side of the road and it was our friends Eric and Sheila! I got their attention and they cheered me on. I could tell I was pushing the second loop and I focused on just getting in as quickly as possible.
Here I am again!
In the wooded section of the second loop, a fellow RATs member said, "I thought your tri shorts said 'Gucci' on them" (they're Sugoi) and that made me laugh. I kept on pushing it through the hardest part of the bike course and when I got back to the main road I saw Mike out on the run! I got his attention and we both waved to each other.
Off the bike!
He's so happy!
As I got back toward transition, I told the volunteers it was my last loop and then I got to the dismount line. I got off quickly and ran into the transition area. The only person I recognized was Amber but I heard all of them cheering for me. My watch clocked the bike leg as 13.39 miles at 17.4 mph and Mike's clocked it at 13.36 at 20+ mph, so the course was probably a little long.
Get to the run quickly!
Transition 2 - Jamie: 1:23, Mike: 1:17
Mike likes to sit while putting on his shoes
I ran into transition, reset my watch (but didn't put it in run mode) and got ready to run. Amber told me Mike was the 7th person overall at that point and this made me happy. I grabbed my GU and got out of there!
Run Leg (5K or 3.1 miles) - Jamie: 26:09, Mike: 23:19
Mike right at the beginning of the run
Happy to see my people
As soon as I started running, I saw Amber and her daughter and gave her a high-five. I then saw everyone else and gave them a big smile. I knew I was in the top of the pack, overall, and I started to pass some guys ahead of me. Right around 1 mile, Mike and I passed each other and high-fived.
Giving high-fives at the end
I was counting girls that were coming back (it was an out and back) and I only counted three. I knew I could place if I just kept it up. I grabbed some water at the aid station, and ran through the sprinkler, and then went into the woods. Luckily, we didn't have to go all the way up the horrible hill in the woods, and I made the turn around the cone.
As I went back down, I saw two girls approaching. I knew I had to maintain so that they wouldn't pass me. Unfortunately, my second mile was my slowest (I was getting tired) but they hadn't passed me yet.
As I got closer to the finish, both of the girls passed me and they were in my age group! I knew at that moment that I hadn't placed. I kept pushing, and picked up the pace, and eventually I saw my people! I saw Mike and everyone else, the kids were lined up with their hands out and I gave them high-fives.
Finish line is in sight
I heard my number being announced and I crossed the finish line. I was done!
Finishing Times - Jamie: 1:28:05, Mike: 1:18:47
After we finished, we went over to check out the results. Mike had gotten 2nd in his age group, 20th overall and 19th male. I hadn't placed, I had 4th in my age group, but I still felt really good. We decided to wait for the awards, but we packed up our stuff beforehand. As we came back I decided to check the results again, and this time it said I was 3rd in my age group!! I was so excited but didn't want to think it was true until I had my award in my hands.
We saw our friend Laura Beth finish the Olympic race and then the awards started soon after. I had placed! I got 3rd in my age group, 11th female overall and 64th overall (I got 3rd because two people in my age group came in the top women overall and one DQ'd, I think she only did one bike loop instead of two).
Getting my award
Third in my age group!
2nd in his age group!
Afterwards, Mike and I went home and got ready for our friends' wedding. We had a great day yesterday and it was a nice, almost, end to our triathlon season!
And that's how we go from triathlon to wedding attire