Thursday, March 7, 2013

Tritonman Draft-Legal Sprint

Fiesta Island, Mission Bay, SD
February 23rd, 2013

750m SWIM --- 12 mi BIKE --- 5km RUN 

The first collegiate-run draft legal race in the nation!! For someone who fell in love with the idea of this kind of racing after participating in the collegiate draft-legal relay in Alabama last year, I was so excited for this!

3:45am roll out of bed
4:15 roll out in the truck with my parents
5:15 arrive at Tecolote Shores

I ran into Jeff Dahlen and Rachel Marcuson during the check-in process. Jeff’s an old MVN friend, and Rachel of course is a fellow Stevens Swimming alumnus. It was really nice to see the both of them there and actually on the same team seeing as I know them from two completely different walks of life haha.
It was a nice quaint race, so check-in and setting up transition went quick and painless.

Swim = 9:04
6:39.45 /mile pace.
About half a mile paralleling the path right on Tecolote Shores. It was cool to be able to walk by and see the men’s race swim by right next to you before our race.
I definitely wasn’t warmed up enough for a half mile hard. I should’ve gotten in earlier and actually swam instead of jumping around pretending to warm up the muscles. I got going well enough and held 3rd out of the water.

Bike = 34:03
Best part of the race right here, seeing as the title of this racing style “draft-legal” specifically highlights the bike portion. I got out on the bike ahead of some girls who came in behind me on the swim, and eventually backed off to regroup with them. We slowly grabbed the two girls ahead of us after 1 lap of Fiesta Island and then all worked together (a group of 7 of us).
Some girls pulled more than others, I tried to put on the hurt when I was out front, and some girls needed serious pace-lining lessons and etiquette.
I broke away at the last little bump in the road on lap 3 and pushed it HARD to stay in the lead coming back around the island, over the bridge, and into the transition area. I did it because I knew I had no chance at out-sprinting any of those girls on the run, so I’d make my parents a little bit excited at least for the bike finish ; )

Run = 20:22
6:33.3 /mile pace.
Faster than the first 5k of my duathlon the previous weekend. Right on.
It took a while to get into a rhythm because I completely pinned the last couple miles of the bike to get ahead for fun, but once I got going, my cadence picked up and I was alright. I was really pushing the last straight section back to the finish line, but couldn’t catch the girl ahead of me. Good reminder for me next time that I just need to focus on moving my arms faster… and the legs will follow!

Overall time = 1:04:49
Overall Place = 7th Female

There were 25 ladies in the female wave of the race. In comparison, 55 men started in their heat. Probably would’ve been cooler with a deeper field, but it was super fun and the lead pack was still rockin’!

Major kudos go out to the UCSD Triathlon Team for putting on a fantastic race! And ditto to USA Triathlon for being there for support and seeing that this super FUN style of our sport continues to grow for high schoolers, collegiate athletes, and all the rest of us : )

Results posted here:

Click here for UCSD's Photo Albums of the Race

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