|Laura, Me, and Molly. Omaha Women's Triathlon 2012|
First in age group, but only because the overall winner came from my age group or I'd have been second. In fact, the top three women came from the age groups 35-39, 40-44, and 45-49. The time breakouts are so informative...though I don't recall it, I must have taken a nap during the transitions. The top three were a minute or less in all their transitions. So much room for improvement.
The Omaha Women's Triathlon 2012 had 200+ women from 11 different states come out and subject their bodies and minds to a swim-bike-run combo. Average age was 34, but there were all ages, shapes and sizes, and that's what I think is best about the triathlons. It's just such a more welcoming and supportive environment compared to bike racing. After doing a couple of these things, I can see there are plenty of women willing to step out and give difficult athletic events a go, but some consideration will have to go into the nature of the experience.
Saturday, Molly, Laura and I took our bikes up to the venue and checked them into the transition area. Tri's are a marvel of logistics. They were guarded all night and no one enters or leaves with a bike without verifying it matches their race number. We then inspected the water weeds and the swim course followed by a partial drive of the bike course.
Sunday, we arrived at the venue at 6:30, arranged our transition points,which consists of laying out all your things so you can change quickly, then took a few photos and then started in three waves, each 3 minutes apart. Laura was in wave 1, I was in 2 and Molly in 3. Our super-swimmer Molly passed oodles of women to come out of the water 14th. I was 124th out of the water. Nonetheless, the swim went infinitely better than two weeks ago. I was able to keep my wits about me even though I was in the middle of the wave. It turns out the frothing mass of bodies and water doesn't bother me as much as the temperature change. My muscles just went anaerobic and I got so cold. At that point, I paused, rolled over on my back and got my focus back. Breath and count strokes, breath and count strokes. Progress was good until I caught a wave right in the face and inhaled what felt like a gallon of water. Pause again. Resume. Finally got back into rhythm and the rest of the swim went pretty well.
I had some trouble with my helmet so the transition to the bike was slow, but once aboard I started making up time and ended up with the fastest bike leg overall. The transition to the run was relatively quick and I was 12th in that leg. Both the bike and run courses had plenty of longish climbs.
I will tell you one other thing...tri tops and shorts make me feel like a stuffed sausage. From the photos, it appears my significantly increased amount of time in front of the computer is paying dividends in more ways than mere career advancement. I've got 10 lbs to shed. I think that'll improve those bike and running legs.
Oh, and another thing....apparently it's dudes that trash porta-potties. I couldn't believe it...probably over 300 women at the venue once support and racers were counted and the porta-potties I sampled were not nasty. Not even one.