Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Marriage takes at least 15 seconds off

6am - somewhere between Boston and Freeport

"So, what time is your wave?" - J
"Uh, no clue." - me
Yeah, so this was easily the least prepared for a race that I've been all season.

But somehow despite that, I posted the best time of the season, and I did break the 2:35 barrier.  In fact, I ran a 2:33:53.  Over a minute better than Nationals and almost 7 minutes faster than last year.  But this year, the fast ladies were out:  I placed 4th versus 2nd last year.

Check out the results (I'm in red). Each marker is time check (when the athlete went over a timing mat, i.e., swim, start of bike, end of bike, start of run, finish)

My swim was 25 minutes (2 minutes better than last year), but only good enough for 7th in the swim.  Fast ladies.  But I had the #1 fastest T1, so I passed some one in transition.  

I had the 6th fastest bike (over a minute faster than last year), and passed 2 ladies, putting me in 4th place going into the run.  

I felt great heading out on the run, going up and over that first brutal hill.  Around mile 4, I got passed by the woman who finished 3rd.  She was motoring.  She had the fastest run of the age group.  But shortly thereafter, I passed the 5th place woman, returning me to 4th place.  I ran a 47 minute 10K, 2 minutes faster than last year.

Once again in this race, I didn't check my total time until I hit the finish line.  As I was running through, the clock said 2:53.  I was pretty sure I started 20 minutes after the first wave, but it wasn't til I made it through that J confirmed that I had finished in 2:33.  There were many hugs and high-fives all around.  Then beers and burgers.

This is such an excellent race.   And great to do it back to back years for comparison.  2:33 is serious, and it makes me think that something in the 2:2X might be possible next summer.  One more tri to go this season:  the sprint in Duxbury in two weeks.  Then it's time to focus on running, cause I've convinced myself that it's time to take on 26.2.  Watch out DC Rock n' Roll Marathon.  I've got your number.


rebekah September 18, 2012 at 9:26 AM  

Hooray! Can't wait to commiserate over marathon training.

Meg September 18, 2012 at 9:31 AM  

Nice job!! Congrats on a great race. Would it be your first 26.2 undertaking??

Anonymous September 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM  

NICE!!!! 26.2! The big show!! And DC! How exciting :)

Laura September 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM  

Indeed, it will be my first attempt at a full marathon!

Dave September 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM  

Nice racing! My favorite race in all of New England. Sad to have missed it this year.

Shannon September 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM  

definitely a great race, and what a race you had! sometimes the best things come when we're preoccupied :) Congrats, and good luck with 26.2!

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