So I did the Daybreak Tri about a week after we found out we were pregnant. Yeah I was a little nervous, but my body knows how to do this stuff (race, it's not always the best at staying pregnant apparently), it was a sprint, and I really wanted to win that 3rd time. It went great, no problems. Then around 8 weeks I think I did the Women Rock tri mainly because it had a trail run - those don't exist in regular non-Xterra tri's, and it was great! So much fun! Then I took about 8 weeks off. Some because my mind was going crazy with worry about this pregnancy lasting, and some just because life got in the way. Well, we hit about 15 weeks I believe and I knew of this great little open water race and decided to jump in. I finally felt pretty safe in the pregnancy, I know I can control my pacing and listen to my body and I just wanted to do it because triathlon is FUN and I missed it and the atmosphere and people, and it was probably about the last time I could fit into a larger wetsuit :)
The swim - water felt SOOOO good! Now this is Utah lake, a notoriously yucky/murky lake, but the beauty of where they held this race was it wasn't in the main boat ramp. Yes I couldn't see my hand in front of me, but I never tasted boat fuel at all, didn't taste anything actually. So the wave took off and we made our way about 100 yards and then were out of the sheltered area and found ourselves riding some pretty big waves! Now not white capping ocean stuff obviously, I wouldn't call the water rough, just some big rolling wake. I'm a swimmer and I know some struggled with it (I stopped to check on a few people), but I thought it was a blast! Seriously! Yeah I got a few face fulls of water, but I was laughing and smiling the whole way. The size large sleeveless wetsuit I wore was perfect too. Great swim! They had great in water support too, very important.
Bike - wasn't sure how much time I'd spend in aero, actually figured I really wouldn't at all as it was gotten a bit uncomfortable, but I actually rode most the ride tucked in. It just felt good and the roads were keen to it, fairly flat, nothing that I needed to stand for, and in good condition. I felt better during it than expected and again, just smiled my way along. The views riding along the lake were nice and traffic control was good. No complaints here
Run - running out of T2, literally, 10 feet out of it some guy was like "come on, why can't I run?!" He was so mad. We were 10 feet out of transition and I let him know it. I told him to calm down, we just turned a corner and left the transition area. Just thought it was weird he'd declare it was a bad run already when we'd only taken a dozen steps. Anyway, took off at what my body knows we race sprint/oly tri's at, I swear it just has a preprogrammed pace. So I had to reign it in a bit, but not much. I really expected and planned to run slower, but I felt just fine at probably 7:30 pace. I watched my breathing and any discomfort anywhere and just smiled and ran and cheered for others and enjoyed the views again looking toward the lake.
|Neat views all over the course and closed to traffic, yay!|
|Some 15 week belly shots. Also notice the calm water in the middle pic post race, oh well, I enjoyed the waves|