Monte Rio triathlon is based out of a small town on the Russian river east of Santa Rosa on Hwy 116. The same group who owned Vineman full and half until WTC bought the rights to both races. If you liked racing the Vineman series; I suggest signing up for this race. It’s well supported, Volunteers were top notch and the course was fast and beautiful.
Swim- The swim took place on the Russian river in monte Rio. They did use swim waves based on your age group. Every 5 minutes they allowed an age group to start. The river had a decent current that took some effort to stay in one place, waiting for the gun to go off. Once the gun went off I stayed as far right on the river as possible could to minimize the current. My swim felt strong and the current didn’t have much impact on me as I thought. Went as planned, sighting was a tad off, swam more than I needed to. Swim time – 36:34 2000 yards
T-1 Went as planned, nothing to report other then it was a long run to the bike.Time-4:46
Bike-the bike course took you from monte Rio on Hwy 116 to Jenner. This section of the course was flat with some rolling hills, nothing to worry about though. Once you get to the town of Jenner you turn around and back track to a “T” intersection where you head south on HWY 1 for a few miles. Within the first half mile you climb a decent hill up to goat rock and on top the hill. Here is where it gets a little tricky. Your now exposed to the ocean breeze or today-”Wind”. This section of the bike was the best as you had the great Pacific Ocean as a back drop and, cool, crisp, clean air. All, tail wind with cross breezes for 3-4 miles while heading south. At the turn around, you know it’s coming, yes the, head wind! This was the most difficult as the winds seemed to increase with speed, and, add a few rolling hills, the legs were feeling it. As you approach Goat rock, you start your decent back to Monte Rio, where it’s flat, fast and protected from the wind. I felt pretty strong on the bike today, with hopes of riding over 20mph. Missed it by a few tenths but really enjoyed the bike course. Time-1:15 25miles
T-2 went as planned, nothing to report. Time 1:53
Run- The run followed the Russian river, west, on a side road that was paved and lined with residential houses. Flat and fast course that was shaded 2/3. Aid stations about every mile. I felt really strong coming off the bike today, as they should, considering the long rides I’ve done. I settled right into good pace, getting a few seconds faster every mile until the finish line. Strong run today. I was happy with the run. Time 50:34 6.34 miles
Overall– my age group was stacked as usual and fast. The top finisher, finished 2:00 flat. I had my fastest swim yet, bike could be better, and my run could be a tad faster, but I was happy with my finish today. This was a great taper race for boulder Ironman that’s a week away. Overall time 2:48
This was only my 3rd Triathlon and it’s race day for my first HIM. I have been training for the last 4 1/2 months with my friend and teammate Bryan Wertzer.. I put in the time and was ready but nervous to get out there. Arrived at the shuttle right at 4am. As we are driving the 35 minute route to the start the bus starts to pull over multiple times on the freeway. Eventually we pull off under the freeway because the bus has no headlights. We wait 45 minutes for our rescue bus and now I know the clock is ticking for me to get ready. We finally get there at 5:30 and the transition area closes at 6:15. I take a deep breath and get ready for the training to come together.
This is a rolling start and I think I was a little conservative with where I seeded myself. I walk into the water and pleasantly surprised with the water temp. I had done a few swims in Folsom Lake which was much colder. Happy I jump in and begin. A couple hundred yards out it appears to be a stand still. Some people are panicking at the cold and rippling water. I take a breath and collect my thoughts and push forward. The swim is what I know I need to get through and under the cutoff time. I look later at my watch and know “I got this!”. Rounding the last corner back to the boat dock I come in 8:03am.. (time was 59:30) my fave has a permanent smile!!! My hubby is there and all I kept saying was I did it!!! T1 is long jaunt back and took me a little longer than I wanted but off to the bike…
I had just put aero bars on 3 weeks prior and a new saddle from Folsom Bike. After being a bit intimidated by all the beautiful TT bikes I felt more prepared. Off I go and I have a great feeling that at least I know the course. Bryan and I did this 3 weeks earlier. This gave me confidence to know I can do all the hills and know when to take my break at Mile 30 before getting into the climbing after mile 40. Fueling was sooooo important. It’s where I tend to make my mistakes. One thing I aded was EFS in fruit punch flavor to my water. What a life saver.. between adrenaline and nerves I had to get calories in somehow. The bike was great – never got tired and again had that big smile. Coming into T2 I see my hubby again with my friends and come in for the last change. I was near the front entrance so it was seconds before I was hanging the bike and changing the shoes. Bike time was 3:53
Now with the swim and bike behind me I have no doubt I can finish. The run is nice and flat. But by Mile 10 the legs start to cramp and darn forgot the base salt on my bike…a little combo of run walking for the next 2 miles and then so happy to see mile 12 marker. I asked someone what time it was and I calculated that I could do sub 8 hours. Now for a lot of people that is really long but my only goal had been to finish . Rounding the last corner there is my husband, Bryan ( he had been done for quite a while) and friends! I am super happy and the tears come to my eyes knowing I am completing feeling great and yes with that smile!!! Run 2:38
Total time 7:54!! What a terrific experience and I am hooked. Can’t wait for the next one!! Thanks so much to all the time Bryan spent with me to get me to this place…thanks Karyn and Scott for all your support…
Oh and my wonderful husband just bought me a Trek Speed Concept 7.5 from Folsom Bike for my new obsession – Triathlon’s!!!!