(In case you missed it, you can read the recap of the first (and my first triathlon!), the Hyannis Sprint Tri HERE!)
My friend Patrick, who I did Hyannis with, was supposed to join me for this race also, but unfortunately he ended up having to go on a business trip and was out of the country. Luckily, I had also somehow convinced my cousin Michael and his girlfriend Marisa (both first time triathletes!) that this sounded like a fun idea, so I wasn’t alone!
We went down to Surf Drive Beach on Friday night to pick up our race packets and take a look around. (Being new to the whole triathlon thing I find it helpful to be able to check out the area beforehand!)
Race morning I met Mike and Marisa bright and early and we headed over!
How gorgeous was this transition area right on the beach! It was such a beautiful day, we could even see Martha’s Vineyard across the water!
We unloaded our bikes, set up our transition area, picked up our ankle timing chips, got permanent markered and then wandered around to try to find our families who were meeting us there to spectate!
After saying hello to our families, we headed over to the swim start…
THE SWIM (1/3 mile)
So if you read my recap of the Hyannis Triathlon you may remember I seriously struggled on the swim. Like felt claustrophobic/ had a panic attack type of struggled.
Obviously the smart thing to do would have been to spend some time working on my open water swim. And I did! For all of about 2 minutes one day earlier this week at the beach. Other than that I literally have not swam since the last triathlon. (NOTE: This is NOT a good plan. Do NOT follow this triathlon training plan!)
Needless to say I again, struggled on the swim. Not so much in the “holy crap my wetsuit is trying to choke me” type of way, but more of a “I haven’t swam in a month and this 1/3 of a mile feels like 3 miles” type of way.
Marisa on the other hand is a rock star swimmer and totally killed it! She finished the swim in 6:32 and was the 3rd one out of the water for our wave!
Honestly, the entire swim all I could think was a) I’m an idiot, I should have trained more for this…b) I am seriously not a fan of swimming in open water with so many people…and c) am I there yet??
Whew. Finally done!
Swim Time – 10:58
Socks. Sneakers. Sunglasses. Helmet. Bike. See ya!
T1 Time – 1:47
THE BIKE (9 miles)
The bike was hilly and it was hard, but it was absolutely gorgeous!
The course went along much of the route of the Falmouth Road Race (which I ran last year) along the shore and by Nobska Lighthouse to Woods Hole. The entire way out was along the water with amazing views and a much welcomed breeze.
Since I clearly wasn’t taking pictures while biking (because I’m just not that talented) below is a photo from the Falmouth Road Race last year – we biked this portion of the course in the reverse direction, and let me tell you it’s ALL uphill to get to that lighthouse!
I was passed by a few people on the bike, but same as last time I noticed almost all of them had road bikes (as opposed to my hybrid). Despite the hills I managed to keep about the same pace as I did during the Hyannis Tri (and in the spirit of being transparent about my training, I biked the same number of times I swam since the last tri…oops).
Michael is a strong biker and was the only one of the 3 of us that had a road bike so he totally dominated that leg!
Bike Time – 38:52
T2 Time – :56
THE RUN (3.1 miles)
Ah, my comfort zone.
Even with the hilly bike course (and probably using my legs A LOT more than I should have in the swim!) I felt great as soon as I started running.
The run was an out and back on the road right along the beach and then on the Shining Sea Bike Path, which is one of my favorite places to run up here!
The last 100 yards or so to the finish were again on the beach…
…and right past the finish line was a huge inflatable slip n’slide!
Seriously, is there a better way to finish a race?!? I propose all races end with a slip n’slide.
Run Time – 28:41
Overall considering my training (or lack thereof), I’m happy with the way this race went. The weather was perfect, the course was gorgeous and it was a lot of fun having Michael and Marisa (who both totally rocked their first triathlons!) doing the race with me!
(We did determine that between the 3 of us we’d make a great relay team though for a longer distance since we each have a leg that we excel at!)
OVERALL TIME – 1:21:13
2 down, 1 to go!
I’ll be repeating the Hyannis course on September 6th!
**A big THANK YOU to my dad and Jason for all the awesome race day pictures! I have some great videos too that I’ll try to post at some point!**