2014 Ice Breaker Report
I pulled up to the parking area and its always great seeing bikes lined up in the transition area. I set up my stuff and spent the morning chatting it up with all my tri friends and acquaintances. Racetri events are great and if you do a few you’ll start seeing the same dedicated folks. The commodore of a shared interests and a high level of respect for professionals to first timers. Everyone had to start sometime and it’s great to see a smattering of mountain bikes and old ten speeds at these events.
Another great speech and pool dive by Race Director Aaron to start things off. I was glad that I picked a close swim start, this way I didn’t have to worry about someone walking in the pool in front of me. It was good to see James Lawrence helping volunteering, he is a local coach and the World Record Holder for accomplishing 30 Full Ironmans in one year. His job was to say “Go!” to every athlete. That’s one thing that I love about these events, people who could be on the podium will volunteer and help out in whatever way they can. Mandy Oscarson volunteers before the race begins, she then races, and hang out and help after the race. Anyway, James said go and off I went. The pool swim is always a great way to start a tri, no freak out and short. I felt like I swam well, I had a few pulls where my mind started freaking out, but I just took a few deep breaths and pulled myself together. I tend to have a “freak out” moment every race and I’ve done enough now that I’m able to work through it. I got passed by two guys, who were drafting me, then they got ahead and I drafted them. I got out of the pool, ran out of the bubble, and into transition on the baseball field. I was surprised at how much I was breathing and feeling worked.
I sat down and thought to myself I need to bring a bucket to sit on. Got the shoes on, the helmet, and off I ran with my bike, feeling dizzy.
The bike was tough for me; I’ve been spending a lot of time on the trainer but didn’t feel like that paid off much. I was slow and breathing heavy. I had a hard time getting my legs to go. It was kind of frustrating. I don’t mind being passed, but when everyone is passing me I get a bit grumbly with myself. When I finally got to the top of the hill my legs were finally coming together. The downhill was better I just took the road and went hard. When I came to the next loop I knew that I was supposed to go strait but I turned down and had to zip around folks and get back on the road to do the second loop. My brain wasn’t in the game. I lost a bit of time there but the second loop was better, felt like I had more power. The downhill section was fast and fun.
I was so glad to see bike catchers! What a nice feature to have someone take your bike into transition for you, this allowed me to dash into T2. Off with the bike shoes and on with the running shoes. I almost forgot to take off the helmet, but didn’t want to be that guy.
The run was as I expected it to be – up hill for the first half. I kind of plod along, slow little steps. I am always in awe of the guys who just jam on the run, especially when the number on their leg tells me they are over 50 years old … respect! I got to the top and tried to pick it up, but the legs go at their pace. The downhill was better – I increased my pace and stretched out a bit more. The finish line was my best part of the run. Literally I found a good boost of energy as I approached the Finish Line party, with the music and cheering crowds and was able to pick up my feet and move. It felt good to pass a few people and finish strong.
I almost knocked over a gal giving out medals because I was running full out and didn’t really have time to stop so I had to dance around her. All participants receive a custom die cast one of kind finisher medal. They are HUGE, and have some real weight to them which I display proudly at the office. I have a co-worker who loves the medals as much as I do. I do these races for the medals and the pictures. RaceTri has a few cameras out on the course capturing your race day and then they load them onto their Facebook page. While they are not Brightroom or Zazoosh they are free for all the athletes, a nice value add at all the RaceTri events!
I was a bit bummed at my early season performance but I needed a good kick to help me up my game as I’m training for a full Ironman this year. Overall it was well managed by RaceTri, enthusiastic volunteers, great finish line goodies, complete with Winder Farms Chocolate Recovery Milk. It was great to hang out with friends and congratulate all the folks that passed me. I hope to see you at the 12th Salem Spring Sprint, it’s going to be awesome!!!