Monday, March 11, 2013

Escape From Alcatraz 2013 - Round 3!

Escape From Alcatraz
San Francisco, California
March 3rd, 2013

1.5 Mile Swim --- 18 Mile BIKE --- 8 Mile RUN

Round 3 of the Escape from Alcatraz adventure!

Since I didn't win my age group in 2012, I had to enter the lottery for this year's race. I entered into the lottery because I knew my friend Gabby was racing, my friend Nicole was going to enter the lottery as well, and I knew I could get to SF pretty easily. Luckily, Nicole and I both got into the lottery when they sent out the list and we were all in!

I used my mom’s 2012 Felt ZW3 for this race because the bike elevation profile is either straight up or straight down for most of the race. I learned my lesson from the previous year, and since I had my mom’s new bike at my disposal, I decided to go for it with the road bike. It definitely proved useful! I could move much faster up the steep hills and I felt more confident on the technical curvy downhills.

Swim = 34:07
43rd OA, 1st Division (already 2.5 min faster than last year's choppy swim)
Pace = 1:12

T1= 5:36

Bike= 58:16
97 OA, 1st Division
Average speed = 18.5  
(a little less than 3 min faster than last year)

T2= 1:39
Sand Ladder= 2:41 (32 seconds faster than last year)

Run = 1:02:09
195 OA, 1st Division
Run pace = 7:47
(a little less than 3 min faster than last year)

Overall time = 2:39:02
2012 Time = 2:47:33
Overall Place = 62 OA, 12th Female OA out of 290 women, 1st Division

Heather Jackson went a blazing 2:18:08. Her bike split was epic and she went so fast on the run. I would love to have that kind of power some day. It was awesome to cheer her on! Sarah Groff came in close behind her as well even after injuring herself on the run. And the fact that I was only 5 minutes and 20 seconds slower than the 2012 KONA Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave was some pretty nice icing on the cake for my weekend : )
I have officially qualified for my pro card with USAT and I can send in an application after this race! However, seeing as Age Group Nationals is going to be my big "A" race for the year, I'm going to wait on the whole pro dream until I've got some more experience under my belt.

Can't wait to find out when the race is scheduled for 2014!!!

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