I like to be really early, plenty of time to set up and feel relaxed doing it. But as others showed up I continually became more intimidated by these women I've seen win top 3 in all their races, but I decided something. I can race them, I can wanna beat them, they can beat me sometimes too, but we can all be friends. So I introduced myself and got to talk and joke with some really really nice people.
13 mile Bike: My great nemisis. I always lose time on the bike and it really ticks me off. Today I knew if I wanted to place well I was gonna have to get out of my comfort zone...and I did. I never felt like I was just cruising enjoying the course, I was always pushing hard. Now not cranking down, stomping in my hardest gear, but I was never resting. I was passed by 2-3 women in the bike which is pretty good for me. There were several short but good climbs, and lots of tight right hand turns, many of which came coming off a downhill. Speaking of downhill, I never used my brakes on them and actually pushed hard down them which is really good for me. All that said, hilly, tight turns course, I still averaged 20.4. Nice
I spent a couple hours after the race chatting with the lovely ladies, and a few guys I met today. I did great today and am really happy with it, but it's funny how my body told me I'm not nearly as trained as I thought I was. Time for some added hard work!