My race report starts the morning of the day before the race. I woke up Saturday morning with horrible double charlie horses. After waking husby up with my screaming getting my calves to relax and rolling them out, we hopped in the car and drove out to walk a 5k being put on by a friend of a friend for a good cause. We made the 5k a nice easy stroll while husby filled me in on all the cray cray cases he had seen in his last day of OBGYN rotation.
After the 5k I noticed that my right leg was still feeling a bit tight, and as the day progressed the tightness turned into a knot behind my right knee. I tried to take it as easy as possible, but by the end of the day my knee was so cranky I didn’t know if I was going to be able to compete the next morning.
Sunday morning we woke up well before the crack of dawn. Packed up the bike, and figured out where I could get a cup of iced coffee and some breakfast, because I never think ahead about these things. Luckily there was a 24 hour Tim Horton’s by the hospital, so armed with coffee, a bagel, and a sour knee, we headed to the lake.
Once I got some coffee in me and my adrenalin got going as I unpacked my bike, my knee was feeling a bit better, so I tried to keep it going before the race started.
The lake was steamy! Which was nice because the morning was chilly.
I got a good spot near the front for the swim so I didn’t have too many bodies to try to swim through. I found some good pacers and kept with them through pretty much the entire swim, and really tried to press on the gas in the last 100m or so. Coming out of the swim and into T1 I was breathing pretty heavy, but I think it was totally worth it.
Swim: 0.5 mile, 16:56 (PR by almost a minute!)
In transition I kept my focus, got my shoes on and got out. Still on the slow side, but MUCH faster than in May
Into the bike I took a minute to see how my knee was feeling, and while it was a little sore on the uphills, it seemed to be pretty ok. The course seemed harder on my bike this time around, and the single speed steel frame love of my life for city commuting has officially retired from racing after this event. But she made it through, even though on one of those hills I thought I might start rolling backwards.
Bike: 12.5 mile, 53:24
Transition was quick. I thought I might be forgetting something, but it was all good.
The run at Island Lake starts out with this brutal up hill in the grass. It’s like the course designers were like, “What’s the meanest thing we could make them do after swimming 0.5 miles and biking 12.5 miles? I think this hill should make at least a couple of them cry.”
It’s an out and back run with a little bit of trail on the back part coming into the finish. On the way back another woman was keeping pace with me, just behind me. About a half mile from the end I heard her slow, and turned and told her “You got this,” and she picked back up and ran it out with me. It was as much for me as it was for her, I needed to hear her chasing me to push me to keep running. My knee was getting cranky, but it wasn’t injury pain, just soreness.
I kicked it up the last few hundred meters, and felt like I was going to puke when I hit the finish line, so I’d say I left it all out there, sore knee and all.
Look, I even still look reasonably happy after all that. And yes, I am still wearing my biking gloves. I was too tired to try and strip them off in transition, and then they weren’t really bothering me during the run, so I just left them on.
Overall the run was definitely slow, but I expected that with the knee. Mostly I was just really happy that I was able to finish at all considering how much pain I had been in the night before.
Run: 5k, 36:27
Overall time: 1:50:49, 9 out of 17 in my age group.
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