And suddenly it was time for our next tri. I have to admit, I hadn’t been training as much as I should have been.
Well, the big difference for this tri was that the swim was in a bay. Also, it was slightly less than an olympic distance tri.
Swim: 1000m Bike: 19 miles Run: 5 miles
Race morning, we show up and I get everything ready in my transition and head down to the water to warm up. The water was pretty chilly, not nearly as cold as the first tri we did earlier this year, but cold enough that I decided to wear the wetsuit.
Warming up with the wetsuit on, I was amazed at the extra buoyancy! I heard that it really helps, but I felt like a moon man with no weight in the water!
Unfortunately that didn’t help me in the swim. Again, about 200 yards from shore, I realized that the wetsuit was too tight and constricting around my throat and I wasn’t breathing properly. Again, I stopped at a lifeguard on a surfboard and had her help me unzip the back of the wetsuit. With the wetsuit open in the back, it probably added a lot of extra drag in the water, but at least I could swim normally. Swim time: 21:29
Once the wetsuit was wet and I was out of the water running to T1, I was able to pull it off with no problems. T1: 3:16
The bike course was flat and some what uneventful, back in T2 I quickly changed shoes and was ready for the run! Bike: 1:07:31 T2: :44 (2nd fastest women’s T2 time!)
It was super hot by this time, and no shade! But since it was a slightly shorter course, for some reason mentally the 5 miles seemed much better and easier than 6 miles. I really felt like I ran strong, passed some people, and finished with a good sprint. My average mile time for the run was about 8:40 minutes. Finishing the five mile run in 43:26. I was pretty happy with that! Total time: 2:16:24
Jack did really well again too! Finishing 12th overall and 2nd in his age group!
Later that evening, after laying out my the pool all afternoon, we looked up a decent beer bar and headed out!
We found the Taphouse Grill in Hampton, VA.
They had a nice selection on draft and So I couldn’t resist the St Bernardus Abt 12 by Brouwerij St Bernardus of Watou, Belgium at 10% abv.
Its one of the best quads I’ve had! Sweet dark fruits, cherries, plums, and lots of malts. A little sweet and bready, biscuits. Candied sugars, warming sensation, smooth. Very well done.
Next up, I ordered the Trappist Achel 8 Bruin by Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse of Hamont-Achel Belgium at 8% abv.
Rich and creamy. Bready and Belgian yeastiness. Dark fruits, raisins. Moderate carbonation. A fairly sweet beer, but well balanced with the dry finish.
After we had our fill we headed back out onto the street. They had closed the street off and were having a little block party with local cover bands!