On Friday afternoon, I picked up my race packet filled with race tats (#670 – based on my slow swim time :< ), t-shirt, towel, & lots of useless paper. After talking to the Team Magic co-race director Therese Bynum about cyclops toe, I decided to do the Aquabike (swim/bike). With a bad finish time, I would make my ranking WORSE than it would already be so I figured to try my hand at Aquabike. After packet pickup, I rode the run course for Laura to visualize & to loosen our legs & check our bikes, but it only made me want to run it. We jumped into the lake for a swim only to discover fish net-like seaweed everywhere. This is why it is vital to PREVIEW YOUR COURSE. I would have freaked out on swim day if I had waited until race day to practice swimming as slimy-version of Swamp Thing from Creature from the Black Lagoon.
On Saturday morning, the Guntersville Rec Center was filled with bikes, athletes, supporters, flags, half-naked bodies and purple (female), yellow (male), & green (relay) swim caps. At 7:30a the race started by estimated swim time so it was almost 7:50a before I hit the water. During the past two triathlons, I’ve struggled to stay calm during the swim which led to poor times & panicky breathing. I was committed to making this one my best even though it was going to be the longest swim of the year. By practicing the course, focusing on my breathing, & remembering the swim techniques emphasized by my coach, John Hanna of E3Tri, I was able to swim smoothly and calmly during the whole distance. What a success! Even if I was slow…slow & steady – goal accomplished!
The bike course was fairly flat with some rolling hills & annoying dump trucks and pickup trucks. I was hoping to finish the 16.2 miles in 45 minutes but the traffic held me back. I “chicked” several guys & girls and was never passed by a female which apparently got me 3rd place in Female Aquabike. Too bad they only had one age division & only give an award for 1st place. I got beat by two older ladies who were stellar swimmers. Back to the pool!
Overall, it was a great race for me & I was thrilled with my efforts & successes. I was able to push hard then relax. I even got to run with Laura to the finish during the last 1/2 mile of the race. With her & several other friends also racing, it was nice to cheer them home.
The Aquabike results are below.
AQUABIKE Female 1 - 99 DIVISION Place No. Name Age Rank Swim T1 Rank Bike Final === ===== ==================== === ==== ======= ======= ==== = 1 24 Ella Dunn 48 2 11:28 1:36 1 46:54 59:57 2 52 Dianne Jacobs 44 1 10:06 1:47 2 49:08 1:01:00 3 670 LyndseyRobinson 30 4 16:03 2:01 3 49:52 1:07:55 4 539 Debbie Schmid 55 3 15:54 2:34 5 57:22 1:15:48 5 264 Martha Johnson 47 5 16:42 3:03 4 57:11 1:16:54 6 506 Karen Vance 63 6 17:33 3:52 6 1:04:51 1:26:14