I’m gonna start out this race report by saying I had NO expectations coming into this race. I had just come off the biggest weekend of Ironman Wisconsin training, and I knew my legs were pretty fatigued, even with a fair amount of recovery leading into the race. I also knew that there were going to be LOTS of fast girls here, who’s focus is primarily Olympic distance, and who are trying to get their pro-card. I just wanted to try to beat my best Olympic distance time so far. The last true Olympic distance race I had done was in 2010. I finished in 2:30:53. And although every course is different, and based on my swim time at that race, and where my swim was at, at the time, the swim course had to have been short, but this was the last “true” Olympic race I had to compare my times to. So, I just wanted to beat it, even if it was by a second. My second goal was to actually RACE the bike. I am still working on this, and this was a chance to practice RACING the bike.
Since I had flown into Wisconsin a whole week before to hang out with my family, train on the IMWI course, it made race day/weekend really easy. My parents live 10min north of the race venue, so that made everything even easier.
Friday – wake up – do shake out run…
My mom and I then headed down to Discovery World for the pre-race swim window, to do a shake out swim where the swim is actually taking place.
Picked up my packet, and then headed back home for a shake out bike ride with my mom.
I was really excited to be racing in my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I grew up 10min north of the city in a suburb called Fox Point. Milwaukee doesn’t really have triathlons, there are triathlons just south in Racine (Racine 70.3), there are triathlons out in other little outlets of Milwaukee, but not one in my true hometown. So, this was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss.
My wave was not supposed to go off until 9:18am, but transition was only open from 5:30am to 7:30am. Bikes had to be racked the night before, so I really didn’t have much to do race morning. So, I woke up at 5:45am, left the house at about 6:45am, got to transition at about 7am, set up transition, and was good to go by 7:15am. Now it was time to WAIT for 2hrs. I didn’t mind waiting, per say, but it just increases your anticipation and anxiety race morning. When I wake up race morning, I just want to GO! There was a 15min delay on the start, as they had to make sure all cars were off the Hoen bridge, which is a part of a major highway. So, now my wave wasn’t going to start until 9:33am. Fortunately, it was a VERY pleasant day. Perfect conditions, if you ask me. So, it wasn’t too bad to wait and just chill out in the shade.
Swim – 1500m – 26:51 – 1:40/100yd – 68/170
The swim was beautiful. The water temp was perfect, around 68 degrees. It was in an inlet, so there wasn’t much wind or much current to wrestle with. I started out hard, and just tried to find some space, I ended up on a girls feet, who was sighting pretty well, but I felt like I wasn’t pushing hard enough, so I passed her, and then found more feet. I started drafting off this girl, but this girl was making us zig zag like crazy, so I dropped her, and started doing my own thing. Unfortunately, I think I spent more time drafting, and deciding if the person I was drafting off of was going fast enough, and if they were doing a good job sighting, and whether I should keep following their feet, that I ended up going slower than I know I can go. Like A LOT slower. Judging by my Garmin 910XT, the course was a bit long by about 100m or I swam an extra 100m because I was following that girl who was zig zagging for too long, so according to my Garmin I swam 1:38/100yd. STILL, not the best swim, but it wasn’t a BAD swim either.
T1 – 2:35 – This pretty slow for me, I was struggling getting out of my wetsuit, pretty sure I forgot to put glide on my wrists and ankles.
Bike – 40k – 1:11:32 – 20.8mph – 54/170
Finally a good bike split for me! The bike had about 800ft of climbing in 40k. So, not a ton, and not pancake flat. Most of the climbs were steady where you could still maintain a good pace. I just told myself, like I do on the run “you are stronger than you think you are”. I just kept pushing. I got passed by a few girls, but I passed a lot of girls too. This bike course is UNREAL. They shut down all the roads, so there was no traffic at all. Plus, the waves were really spread out, so it wasn’t too crowded either. I LOVED the bike. I also bought a new aero bottle for my bike, and it doesn’t make any noise, and I’m not worried about my water bottle falling out of it’s cage. And I actually drank from it, because you just have to lean forward a bit and take a sip. I think it made a huge difference.
T2 – 1:40 – just threw my shoes on and off I went
Run – 10k – 47:36 – 7:40min/mile – 60/170
My goal was to run 7:30min/miles – according to my Garmin I ran 7:35min/miles. That’s what I generally compare my progress to, because it’s the only thing that’s consistent for me. I wear it on training runs and races, and so I have to judge progress of it. So…based on off that, I’m not too bummed. My legs were just super tired, and this was all I could muster. It wasn’t even that they were in pain, they were just DEAD. It’s like I couldn’t get them going. So, I just tried to fight with them, and tell them that we are going to go as fast as we can, and that I really wanted to do 7:30′s. Overall, I’m proud of my run effort, given the fact, that I’m training for an Ironman, and the training is very different compared to training for an Olympic, and that I didn’t come in completely fresh, I’m saving my freshness for IMWI in 4 weeks!
Total Time: 2:30:15 – 38sec PR! – 63/170
Am I happy? HELL YES! I accomplished my TWO goals. I RACED the bike, in fact that is where I placed the highest in the rankings. AND, I got a PR! So overall, I’m stoked on my race performance. I definitely want to come back and race here again next year and do even better! I HIGHLY recommend this race to anyone who qualifies next year.
I think the thing I loved most, was overhearing all the positive comments about Milwaukee. Most people have never been here, and everyone had such nice things to say. It warmed my heart.
4 WEEKS TIL IRONMAN WISCONSIN!
A BIG thank you to my parents who are the most amazing fans/sherpas in the world! I LOVE them to death, and I couldn’t do this sport without all of their encouraging words and support.
Also, thanks to my friends Kelly, Lisa, and Claire for being the best cheerleaders ever! You girls rocked it!
My friend Jason, also flew in from New York to race. We had a huge crew of us. It was amazing! We all hung out post-race at Claire’s lake house. It was the perfect way to end the day!
It truly has been a special time here in Wisconsin! Looking forward to coming back in just a few weeks!