Giant Acorn Triathlon Race Recaps

I can’t believe we did a triathlon this past weekend. It was rough.

Saturday, Jack had his international tri. He had been sick all week, was running a fever, sore throat, and stuffy nose. We drove down to Lake Anna in the rain and the weather was really starting to make us nervous. It was 46 degrees and raining. When we got to the Lake Anna Marina it was also really windy! The water actually had waves and quite a bit of chop. We found out that the power plant, which the water is used to cool, had been shut down since the earthquake in August and so the water temperature was a lot cooler than usual. Its usually about 77-78 degrees and Saturday it was 73. Still, not too bad.

My parents also came out both days to cheer for Jack and I! I think it really helped to have more people cheering for you!

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You know its gotta be cold if Jack is putting on a jacket for the bike!

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Apparently, Jack stopped next to my dad during T2 (for almost 5 minutes!) and had a little pep talk. He really was feeling like shit and wanted to quit. But he put himself on auto-pilot and managed to finish the run.

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Seeing Jack struggle a little didn’t make me feel any better about my tri the following day. I was stressing out all evening about my fear of being frozen and cold the next day.

Sunday, I woke up and didn’t want to get out of bed, it was warm! I knew it was going to be a miserable day, but I just kept telling myself that it’s only a sprint and will be over in less than 2 hours.

It was basically the same weather as the day before, only it was raining and overcast the whole time. No sun.

This is me stressing out about the cold!

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I kept telling myself that getting in the water would feel warm! A nice toasty 71 degrees. It was one of the hardest parts. I was already frozen and I almost quit.

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I didn’t warm up at all before the race because I didn’t want to take off all my layers till the very last moment. The swim went really slow for me. And the worst part was the water had a film of gasoline on it! So every time I turned to breathe I would get a mouthful of fumes and gasoline. Yuck!

Finally out of the water! haha 18:52 is slow for me. I’m ok with it though because I didn’t train for the swim at all. Last time I swam was the Luray tri!  Oops!

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Jack said I came out of the water looking surprisingly upbeat!

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T1 was 2:35. I thought that was slow because I stopped to dry off and put a fleece on. But I ended up having the 13th fastest T1 time! Its only because everyone else had to take the extra time to take off their wetsuits.

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The bike was painful because I couldn’t feel my feet or my hands. 45:26.

T2 in 2:36, I had to sit down to put my running shoes on because my feet were so frozen that I couldn’t stand on one leg at a time!

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And I think I was finally starting to warm up on the run! I was really happy with my run time! Finished the run in 26:43. Total time:1:36:06. And I finished 11th in my age group. I’m happy with that! I’m also happy we have no more triathlons this year! (It’d be too cold)  I’ll be doing more next year for sure!

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