First official blog post! I am very excited to launch my blog, Sprinkled Twist, and what better way than to start it off than with a race recap! Two weeks ago (yeah sorry for the late post) I competed in the Athleta Iron Girl Tri Series in Pleasant Prairie, WI. As this was my second triathlon ever, I was eager to see how I would do now that the nerves and anxiety of racing in my first triathlon were over.
The day before the race I went to rack my bike and pick up my packet. Packet pick-up and the whole race for that matter were very well organized, no lines or wait.
Since I live pretty close to Pleasant Prairie I checked out the bike route and run course a couple weeks before. It was nice to know what I will be facing and having completed it once before I was more confident going into the race.
The race packet and goodie bag were filled with all the essentials: bib, cap, cute shirt, and some product samples.
ON TO RACE DAY!
I woke up around 4:15AM and had my usual pre-race meal, toast and peanut butter, gathered all my equipment and left my house around 5AM. Transition opened at 5 and closed at 6:30. I figured I would have plenty of time to get there and set up, but I was not expecting the main road to the race site to be closed before 6! It took me about 30 minutes to drive there, but those who entered from the east were forced to park a mile away and walk in. Once I arrived I scrambled to get body marked, set up my gear, pump my tires, and use the bathroom before we were called out of transition and to the swim start.
Of course I had time to take some pictures :)
So many girls competing!
Luckily, I was the last wave so I didn’t start until 7:45 (race start was 7:00AM). I was able to collect myself and squeeze in a quick warm-up in the water. Overall, I felt good. However, I wish I brought something to eat at the swim start because I was very hungry!
Beautiful day for a tri!
My boyfriend, Jahr’y, and my parents and sister arrived in time to wish me luck. I am so grateful that they all came, the support and cheering really help and make the race a lot of fun!
SWIM: My wave, the 24 and unders plus the relays were last up. We got in the water and shortly after we were off. The swim was a straight shot across the lake, which is great because you do not have to worry about turning around. This leg went off without a hitch and before I knew it I was exiting into transition.
My first transition took entirely too long, but once done it was out to the bike.
BIKE: I felt strong on the bike. Other than trying to get my heart rate to go down it was a great ride. It seemed shorter than 12 miles, which they claimed it was, and it turned out that it was more near 10 or so miles. This course was great too because there wasn’t a lot of hills!
RUN: Worst leg by far, like always, but I am working on it! I went out into the run I believe in first or second in my age group and finished seventh. It hurt to run, but I did not stop, which is a huge improvement from my first triathlon. 5K completed and I crossed the finish line at 1:20:07! Considering how short the bike was and I think the swim was shorter than 800m, I was still happy with my time.
Please notice that it says I averaged 22.7 mph on the bike… YEAH RIGHT! It was more near 19 mph
I had a great time competing with all women and it was a fun and energetic experience, I would definitely do this race in the future.
Heres some more pictures from the day.
Chicago Triathlon Recap coming soon!