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Baldwin Park Triathlon

by Meghann on May 23, 2010

I did it! My second sprint triathlon is done and done! :)

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For a moment this morning I was scared it wasn’t going to happen.

I way underestimated how much time it would take me to get to the triathlon site as well as how much time I needed to set up once I was there. I learned a very important lesson: make sure to arrive at the site at least 1 hour pre-triathlon for all future events. Lesson learned!

I woke up at 5:45 (the race started at 7:00!) and quickly shoved an arnold’s thin with almond butter and fresh berries into my mouth.

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Derek and I then bolted to Baldwin Park where I quickly grabbed my packet and headed to set up the transition area.

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I only had about 10 minutes before the first wave was set to start and the guy with the bull horn kept yelling at me to hurry up! Talk about stress!

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Luckily I was in the FOURTH wave so once we got to the water I had a moment to chill and relax.

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The best part of any triathlon is being marked up. Every person I passed – or any person who passed me – I automatically checked their leg for race and age to see if they were direct competition. I think being marked up should be a requirement for every race event! :)

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I lined up with the other pink caps and watched the first three waves of males take off.

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Before I knew it, it was our turn to head into the water.

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The water was disgusting! It was bath water warm and full of seaweed. Yuck!

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After a 30 second countdown the whistle blew and a few dozen pink heads took off.

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I started off feeling confident in the water, but once the whistle blew all of that confidence evaporated.

I was kicked immediately in both my right and left shoulder and I could feel people grabbing at my legs. All of a sudden I was claustrophobic and I knew I needed to get out of the crowd. Seaweed plus what felt like a million other girls trying to get past me was not a good combination. I held back, caught my breath and gave the pack a 30 second head start before taking off with the thinned out pack in the back.

Giving the other girls a head start was the best decision I could have made during the race. I felt much better in the back and no longer fearing the wrath of the other swimmers gave me a chance to relax. I was now swimming this race on my terms. :)

I pulled through the .75 kilometer swim by taking it a buoy at a time. Once I hit the first buoy I gave myself a mental pat on the back for being a third of the way done. One I made it to the second buoy I gave myself another pat for being two thirds. All of a sudden I could see the blue flags and it was time for the first transition!

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Swim distance = .75 km Official time = 15:57

Thank god the swim is the first part of triathlons, I think I would drown if it was last!

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Run to Transition Time = 00:05

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I tried to keep it simple during transition.

I laid my socks out next to my shoes and decided to tackle putting those on first. Then I grabbed the Garmin ( Derek let me borrow his for the race), number belt, and helmet. I debated putting the shirt on I had brought, but decided putting a dry shirt over my wet body would take way to much effort.

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First transition time = 02:24

I felt fast as soon as I got on the bike, but others were much faster.

The bike course consisted of 5 loops around Lake Baldwin, which means when I was taking off on my first lap many of the males were on their 3rd or 4th! I hugged the right side of the road and let the speed demons pass me without any fight.

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I stuck to my guns and instead of worrying about the really fast males passed me, I concentrated on my form and my own abilities. This was a race with myself, no one else.

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Having to do five laps of a course I know like the back of my hand may not be the most exciting part of the race, but at least it gave me a chance to ride by family of spectators along the course.

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Hi Family!

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Bye Family!

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The funny part is when I first took off on the bike I didn’t know we were suppose to do 5 loops of the lake. It wasn’t until the 3rd lap that I heard someone yell something about it being 5 laps. Perhaps if I wasn’t let I would have picked up on that important piece of info before hand. ;) Oh well.

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At the end of my fifth lap I entered the transition area.

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Bike Distance = 13.4 mile Time = 49:11

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The second transition was easy. All I did was put my bike up, throw the helmet off, and took off!

Second transition time = 00:28

I love how they save my favorite part of any triathlon for last – the run!

The run is where I’m strong and the run was where I knew I would make up some ground. All I had to do was 2.7 miles. 2.7 miles? That’s nothing. I had this in the bag!

My goal was to maintain 8:00 min/ miles and I am happy to say I stayed right around that range. I planned to finish strong and that I did. I had no problem letting my competition pass me in the swim or on the bike, but the run Heck no! The run was all mine! :)

I started checking legs and seeking out any females with the ages 25-29 on their leg. These ladies were my direct competition and if I was secretly planning to place in my age group (I was) these ladies had to go down. I found my first girl with a 26 and passed her with ease. I found the second girl with a 27 on her leg, but she put up a little fight. I believe the words ‘oh, hell no’ escaped from her lips (said in a joking spirited voice of course ;) ) as I ran by.

No one passed me on the run, but I did manage to pass quite a few runners. I felt awesome. :) The 2.7 miles flew by, I could have easily done 10 more!

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I finished the run strong with a smile on my face. :)

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Run Distance = 2.7 miles Time = 21:11 <— the fastest run time in my age group!

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Official Finish Time = 1:29:29

3rd Place Female in 25 – 29 Age Group! :)

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Considering the bike portion of the race was a full mile longer than my first triathlon I more than smashed my time goal!!! I was a happy girl this morning! :)

Two sprint triathlons down! Now it’s time to start thinking about that olympic distance and then perhaps a half ironman? ;)

Lots of thanks to my trio of spectators!

Derek, Dad, and Maddie!

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Maddie was a super cheerer! She always jumped for joy when I rode by. :)

We skipped the awards ceremony – of course now that I know I actually earned an award I’m kicking myself for that – and headed to my FAVORITE breakfast spot to celebrate.

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Briar Patch has hands down the BEST pancakes out there, but since I just had pancakes yesterday I decided to order the Pear and Gorgonzola Egg White omelet with fresh fruit and dry wheat toast.

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The pear and gorgonzola omelet was ummm… interesting. These flavors work well together in salad form, but their not quite omelet material.

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Maddie had a BIG morning of spectating and could barely keep her eyes open at breakfast!

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“Take me home. I need sleep!”

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I need sleep too!

Another day, another race, another personal victory. :)

Rock on!

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