It was a typical busy weekend for the family. Saturday morning started out early with the “Proud to Tri” youth triathlon for Alex and Vicki. It was held at Harkness Park and included an open water swim in the ocean. The temps were in the upper 40s when we got up but the kids weren’t cold once things got going. They have been practicing throughout the summer with the Nutmeg Youth Triathlon Team and this was the final event of the season. The swim was 200 yds, 4 miles on the bike, and a 1.5 mile run. They both had a good time at the race.
Saturday afternoon, Alexis and Christina came over to spend the night with Vicki and do a trail ride. Christina brought her horse, Fiona, and Alexis borrowed Mojo. Alex joined us on Dakota and I was riding Teddy. Mojo has been getting treated for Lyme for the past 2 weeks and been in a stall with only riding for exercise. As a result, he was being quite unruly on the trails, so Alexis and I switched mounts after the first mile. Teddy was a rock star and has turned out to be one of the more reliable loaner horses for trail riding. The group rode 6 miles and it was a great success for Christina and Fiona in particular, as it was their first trail ride together.
Sunday morning started with chores and loading horses onto the trailer to head out for lessons at Horse Power Farm. I rode Mojo for my lesson and then Alex rode Dakota and Vicki rode Duchess. All three of us had outstanding rides and a lot of fun!
This morning I finally returned to a triathlon after 3 seasons of no races. I chose the Mystic YMCA Sprint for my return since that is where I did my first Tri in 2010. The weather predictions for today were rain and storms, so I almost decided yesterday not to go. However, Anna said “you paid for the entry, you better get up and do the race.”
When I got up at 5 this morning, the weather looked like we would have a nice clearing in the rain. In fact, there was only a 10% chance of rain during the racing time frame. When I last did the race in 2012, there were 169 people at the race. Not large, but the venue is small so it can get crowded and parking is tight. When I arrived just after 6, it was definitely not crowded.
I got a great surprise this morning that my friend Natalie Edwards decided that she would come and race as well. Natalie and I used to do a lot of cycling together and ran tris together in the past. Yesterday, Natalie did an Olympic distance race at the Rev3 Quassy and placed 11/46 in her age group. That race had 799 racers.
The water was calm and probably in the mid 60s.
My entire goal for the day was to complete the race. I knew I was not nearly as fit as in years past, but I was sure I could complete the 867m swim, 14 mile bike, and 3 mile run. It did start to lightly rain during the swim and continued through the bike, but with air temperature in the upper 60s, it was a great morning to race. In the end, the much smaller field of only 106 competitors meant my overall time of 1:34 was sufficient for 3rd place in my age group and I got a gift certificate to Mystic Cycle Center.
I am really glad that I signed up for the race and I am looking forward to spending more time on my bike this summer (my weakest performance of the three phases today). Natalie ended up finishing as the 5th overall female and 2nd in her age group!
After sciatic nerve problems and a concussion that took 11 months to resolve, I was finally able to resume training. On Thursday of last week, I competed in an indoor triathlon at the gym on base in Newport. The transitions between events didn’t count towards the totals, only the events themselves. Here is how I fared:
8:40 for 450m swim
22:33 for 10 miles on a spin bike
13:04 for 2 miles on an indoor track that is 12 laps to the mile
Overall, I was 9th out of 53 participants and, while my swim needs work, it was great to be able to Tri again!