Had a few laughs with Scott Williams prior to jumping in the warm waters of Rancho Seco Park water. Swim was more of a steady drift for me but none the less, I had a great time getting through the first part of the day and happy to see the bike transitions waiting for me!!
28:44 (yup, a drift not a swim)
It has been over 7 years since my last time out on that bike course and was happy to see some new asphalt!! Saw a few Folsom Bike athletes out there and they were flying. The bike section is a great course to get into a gear and roll through most of the little risers and get out to the turnaround. Was great to have the help of law enforcement as well as the volunteers keeping the roads safe and successful ride—so thank you for that!
Always happy to get off that bike and settle into the trail run that winds through the Rancho Seco Park. Had a great time out there and again thank you to the volunteers for the outstanding support that was much needed due to the warm weather. The run really is a great break up of pavement, some easy trail and a little bumpy road. Again, saw some Folsom Bike athletes out there running strong–Well done to all…
2:14:35 Finish time
4th AG, 6th OA
Robert, Scott Williams and Josiah Garrison
Race morning was warm, oh no, it will be a hot race through out. It was 83* at swim start so my watch said, lol. Went to Folsom Bike the day before to get my race nutrition GU Roctane , Salt Sticks, and Bonk Bars. Did a little warm-up swim before the start. The swim was a 30:30, I had a drafter that I couldn’t shake till the second buoy, you really know how salmon feel battling upstream. I was second out of the water for my group, YAY!
Arrived at T1 and had to use my inhaler, as the air quality was not the greatest for asthma folks. Left transition hopped on the bike next to teammate Scott Williams, that was cool, and I was behind him for a min lol, then he was gone like a he had a jet pack on his back. My bike was 7 min slower then last time 1:39:34. Arrived at T2 felt good, a little slow but ready to run, or not. Then run was a run/walk I saw Josiah Garrison and we high fived gave me some of his speed mojo, I felt good was running and kept saying my mantras. Mile 3.5, why is my left heel hitting my right lower leg with each foot strike? That’s odd so I concentrated on that and kept moving on, well, I stopped sweating at 4.5, maybe my left foot was telling me your going down, and was trying to wake me up. I was at the last aide station, it must’ve been the look I had, or I was stumbling lol, they asked if I was ok, I said I stopped sweating , well they cooled me down with ice in bra and down back in my shorts in hat. The Folsom Bike tri kit can hold a lot of ice. They wanted to call the EMT’s, I begged them not to, I need to finish, I said. So, love the volunteers, they had two water bottles full of ice water and walked me to a spot that I could run in across the finish, lol where the EMT’s were waiting.
I finished 3:29:30.
Not only did I finish lol, I came in 6th for overall ranking in the series, and 2nd in my AG for female division for the series. And it was all because I finished!
The weather was perfect at 71* for the swim, the water was chilly at first, but quickly warmed up with race adrenaline. I did the swim a little faster this time, at 29:04. I felt good going into Transition 1, changed quickly, lol almost left without my helmet, shoved my GU Roctane into my pockets and took off on the bike. Clipping into my bike I was so happy to get new clips from Folsom Bike a couple of days before. Zero float. My bike was a couple minutes faster at 1:32:38, not fast by any means, but enjoyable, especially hitting the nice smooth pavement of Amador County.
I noticed getting in to T2, that it was getting a little hot out here. I put my shoes on grabbed my hat almost forgot my race belt and number, and left my transition spot to trip on parking block. LOL, no harm, no fall, As I was leaving out on the run I saw Scott Williams from the Folsom Bike Triathlon Team cheering me on, yay, love some cheers! The run was what I’d imagine running through the Sahara would be like, hot dry and the aid stations were the oasis you see, and think is it real? I took off at a good pace 9:40, then 9:10, then 8:40, then the crash started to happen I settled down into a 10:11 min mile and realized that I’m thirsty, not a good sign. I ended up at a 13:47 min mile, not a good run I was 20 min slower than last time. I didn’t give in though; I finished and crossed the line. I ended up in 8th place. I was a little discouraged but happy that I didn’t give up.
Race started at 0800 so left the house at 0530 to make sure there was enough time to get a good parking spot and pick a good transition position. Got to the venue and began setting things up. The bathroom situation is not ideal as the bath house has three stalls and only two were working. Waiting in line was making me anxious. After that issue was taken care of, I began the process of setting up transition. I got my bike set up, bottles in the proper place, tires pumped up, race belt – oops (forgot the race belt at home, so run and buy one), helmet, glasses, shoes (bike and run) ready to go, visor and last but not least wet suit and goggles. So now I am ready to race.
Race started promptly at 0800, the day was perfect for racing, light wind and a bit on the cool side. Swim went well for me, came in at 27:18, 1st/AG (not bad, definitely not my best time). Transition was a bit slow, had some trouble with the wet suit removal at the ankles (something to work on). Mounted the bike and off we went. Messed with the onboard computer for the first two miles, it decided not to register power, and never did get it working so rode with perceived exertion (not the best feedback considering my current physical preparation was not real strong). Finished the bike in 1:28:57 4th/AG. The bike could have gone better, but the wind picked up and we had a cross wind so battled the wind both directions. Transition from bike to the run was really slow. I had a lot of trouble getting my running legs after the bike. This could have been the result of only three runs in the last 7 months with only one run at distance (yep nothing like training to make a race go easier). The run was well off my best time coming in at 1:14:08 (although it was right on target for the pace I had set for myself, so I felt good about that). Total time was 3:10:23 good for 5th place out of 5 in my AG. I got a plaque, but in reality it was a participation medal.
My race performance was on target for my current health and fitness level, so I am not disappointed in my performance. In comparing it to past performance, it falls way short, but realizing that I am recovering from a serious bike accident (complete with broken ribs, separated shoulders and bruised lungs) it was a huge success. I am glad to be able to still swim, bike and run at all and will count this as a win. I am looking forward to stepping up my training slowly and will be looking to improve my performance in upcoming races. Good luck in all your races and remember, “pain is weakness leaving the body”. Thank you FolsomBike for your support of our Triathlon Team.
I had not planned this race on my schedule, however the tri for real series is a good tune up for tri season. There is nothing like signing up at the last minute and rushing to get everything ready. We arrived a little bit behind schedule to the famous Rancho Seco County Park. There are a few predictable parts of this race; the water will be warm, and the run will be hot and dusty. But this day there was an unusual cloud cover, kind of like June gloom. So that may bode well for all three events.
We had six Folsom Tri Team racers. This is awesome and provides a built in confidence builder. This included Brian Skehan, Joe Garrison, Cheryl Sanford, Craig Marchione & Scott Williams. The unfortunate part was that our requested bike rack was no- where to be found.
Swim: 35:02 3rd/5 AG. 97th place OA
The swim start was in 4 main waves. There is a lot of room to find your space and not have anyone really crawl over you.
Swim: Got in the water and it was really nice. Had about 3 minutes before Bill did his low-keyed count down and we were off. The swim is a .92mile. There are about 5 buoys and a couple can easily get lost in the sun. So as we started the clouds started to disperse. I found I got into a rhythm and was following a couple gals. It helps me keep my head down and site less often. I felt good as I made the first turn buoy. The next couple buoys became a little more challenging to see, as the sun was now getting bright. Made the final turn and it seems like forever to do probably 600 yds. I stayed the course and actually felt I was going to have a decent time. It was ok but I still need improvement.
Since this race is not chipped time the transition is added into your bike time. Ripped off my suit, got my Folsom Bike Jersey, bike shoes and helmet on and ran with my bike to the transition line.
Bike: 1:19:08 with transition: 1st/5th AG 55th OA
This is a 24.9 mile ride. The road is open so you do need to be really careful. They have done some paving so about half the course is fairly smooth. All I had in my mind is that I have some catching up to do and I better get moving. I felt the first few miles seemed pretty slow. I then saw my prey and got focused. Catch and drop repeat. Got aero and got moving. Got to the turnaround and I had already passed a lot of people. The winds starting picking up and I felt like I was slowing down. All I was looking for was the 3 towers and the left turn back into the park. Ate some Gu Chomps and 1 gel. Made sure I was hydrated. The ride into the park seems like forever. I knew if I wanted to podium I needed to stay focused. I got back to the dismount line and Scott was there cheering me on. He did the Aquabike and was already finished. I could hear him say hurry up.
Run: 48:46 with transition: 1st/5th AG 39th OA. 121 Racers.
I moved quickly out of transition onto the course. I felt good. I felt light on my feet. I started to make the passes and as I did I told the other runners good job. I could see some women ahead of me and I continued to push. What I like about this run is the terrain, fire road and single track trail and a little paved road. Some rollers too.
Saw Joe, and Brian as they were already heading back. They looked good and our Folsom Bike Kits stood out! I made the turn around and had a few guys with me. I know they did not want to be chicked but they liked my pace. I saw Craig on the fire road just as I got to the single track. With about a mile to the finish I saw Cheryl and cheered each other on. Looking at my watch I was hoping to stay in the 2:38-2:39 range. Fell a little short as I headed into that last stretch back to the finish line. 2:42:56.
This was good enough for the AG WIN and 6th Female OA. I am proud to represent FolsomBikeTriathlon on the podium. I am proud of our team members racing and representing our FolsomBikeTriathlon team well!