|June 12, 2011|
La Grange, GA
Swim: 28:28 (1:54/100m) - terrible, absolutely terrible (read on for further excuses)
Bike: 1:13:27 (20.3mph) - okay, nothing spectacular
Run: 43:06 (6:57/mi) - the highlight of my day
Finish Time: 2:26:34
Placement: 6th overall female, 2nd F25-29
Let me back up about a year and recall the death march that was the 2010 Westpoint Lake Triathlon. Water temperature 90 degrees, air temperature during run 90+ degrees. It was by far the most miserable triathlon I have competed in, and still a year later the local triathletes talk about the misery of that race day. You can imagine the great memories I have of that race and the excitement I had to repeat in 2011! All negative thoughts aside though, this race really did hold a special place on my calendar. Since I start residency July 1st (think 80+ hour work weeks, lots of call nights, very little time to sleep let alone train), I knew this would be my last planned race of the 2011 tri season (or at least the last race that I was properly trained for). My training block leading up to the race was nothing short of intense, tiring, and at times, downright frustrating. Between having to adapt training for a week's vacation and fighting a nagging case of pes tendonitis it wasn't exactly the ideal peak block. Nonetheless, I felt I had made some fitness gains and was ready to lay it on the line in competition.
|My Dad's attempt to catch T2 on camera. Evidently he was a little excited in the moment and just caught a glimpse of my leg. Good effort though - and thanks for driving down to cheer!!|
This may be the last race report I write for a while. My future holds 11 nights of call within 20 days during July. And that's just month 1 of 60. Welcome to intern year in an orthopaedic surgery program! Rather than race details I may be sharing stories of late night traumas, endless note-writing on the floor, granola bar dinners, responding to my first code, little sleep, and all of the other fun and games that comes with spending your life in a hospital (and NO, it's not anything like Grey's Anatomy!). In reality, though, I'm very excited to be starting this next chapter of my life and looking forward to the experiences it will challenge me with. And the fact that a pay check with my name on it is in the very near future makes me VERY HAPPY!