|(what a long title for such a short race...)|
A race director is gambling with Ohio weather in April. You've got the chance for temperatures ranging from 30-70's and who-knows-what-else in terms of rain, sleet, snow, wind, sunshine, etc. This year we had 35 degree temperatures and wind. This is officially the coldest triathlon I've done in my career...
|Testing out my new XTERRA skinsuit|
The race begins with a serpentine swim through the lanes of the Miami University rec pool. The participants enjoy a time trial start, one racer leaving every couple seconds, to complete a 400 meter swim.
A sprint race can be won or lost by mere seconds and time spent in T1/T2 needs to be minimal. Not for this fair-weather-racer... Let's be honest: getting out of a pool and jumping on a bike dripping wet in 35 degree temperatures is not smart, nor pleasant. I put on 3 tops, head wrap, gloves, socks, and had toe covers already on my shoes. I had pants set out, but opted against them when I saw another racer I had passed in the pool about to start the bike ahead of me... time to get going.
|So glad for the Tri4Him long sleeve jersey|
Run: I spent 5k running with a guy wearing only a Speedo wondering why on earth he didn't put more clothes on (and assuming he was thinking the same thing). My legs were numb from the ankle down and I attempted a fast-turnover run through the university campus. I crossed the finish line 6th overall/ 1st female and spent the next 10 minutes waiting for my face to thaw so I could talk right. Some of us quickly packed up our gear and spent the next hour thawing in the hot tub :)
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