My 4th NYC Triathlon on the books!

New York City Triathlon is one of personal favorite course and the weather did not disappoint. Beautiful day in NYC for a triathlon.

Racing this race is a big headache because you have to pick up packet in the city and you have a mandatory bike drop off on Saturday and between that getting yourself race ready, your whole weekend is gone. But let start, shall we?!

3 am wake up call. Usually the night before a big race is really hard to sleep. Thinking on race ritual and hoping you don’t sleep through your alarm. I went to bed at 9pm but wake up at 1:50 and unable to actually fall back to sleep. I was able to get everything done in 30 minutes without waking anyone, it is usually impossible because I believe my kids can hear my eyes when the open.

Nutrition is a big part of any race and I have yet to nail it so I pay special attention to my breakfast on race day, which I am the worse breakfast eater. Oatmeal, banana and Ucan nutrition shake.

After circling the area for parking for a good 30 minutes and really thinking that I was not going to make it in time into transition, I just park in a corner and pray that I didn’t get a ticket because I din’t read any sign.

The Swim:

Set up transition and walked the mile and half to the swim start where I started to meet my team mates and it started to feel real. When the swim starts, it goes by really quick and in no time I was in the water going with the current. I decided to use the wetsuit because of the water in the Hudson it is usually nasty and smelly. It was a good swim till I catch up with two groups that had jump before me. I slow down a bit because I was couple of swimmers grabbing to the lifeguards and I got worried, but power through and finished swim strong. Faster swim in this event yet 15:02 course PR.

T1 was actually fast, was out in 2 minutes.

The Bike:

Because I have done this ride 3 times before, I know about the huge incline before getting to the highway and I know that it is better to just take it easy till you are on a open highway. I also know that the course is hilly as hell and that the thing I will hear the must will be “on your left” which I didn’t and that make pretty happy. I don’t push myself enough on the bike but in the end I was able to PR the course by 5 minutes and feeling leg ready for the run. Finished with a time of 1:33.22 PR as well.

T2- 1:32

The Run:

Loooove this run. You have so many people cheering till the finish line that you forget for a minute that you have to run the Harlem’s hill and all the hills that Central Park has to offer. I like to cheer for those I passed on my way because I know running 6 miles after 25 miles bike ride is not easy and I also know that for many, this will be their first triathlon. It was such beautiful day in NYC for once. They have cut the run the last two years because of dangerous heat and being able to complete it without overheating or shoveling ice in my hat or shirt… felt good. Finished with a time of 50:25 a PR and with a big smile on my face.

Overall it was a good day for raising and even though I love the feeling of crossing the finish line, it is time to take a break on racing and focus on the training for Ironman Lake Placid 70.3 coming in September.

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Love the feeling of crossing the finis line

 

Don’t be afraid to Try!

~Linette~

Coney Island Aguathlon and Duathlon

I have done this event few times and I like it because it is local and it doesn’t take the whole day. They are a bit disorganized but in the end it is a fun event.

I signed up for this event after giving birth to my second son and when I was looking for a way of getting back in shape and getting active again. After completing the fist one I thought that adding the bike should be a simple task…. we all know how much I love riding (sarcasm)

This year I sign up because I am once again training for a 70.3 (half Ironman) in September and thought that this will be a good idea as training. The problem I have encounter of doing races late summer, early fall is that summer are really busy with my kids. We go away too often and we are always on the move. This summer as usual we travel to Myrtle beach, SC for our yearly vacation and I usual I take all my gear, including my bike. I was able to complete couple of runs, one OWS and one ride. None of then where done as plan. Temperatures were really hot and humid by 7am so every work out was very unpleasant.

I left Myrtle couple of days early because I had to race on Saturday so drove back on a thursday and Friday my legs were shot.

6 am wake up call on race day. It was hot and beautiful morning in NYC. I pick up my packet and set up my transition and then head out to the sand.

The Swim:

It was actually clear and the water temp was not too bad. I decided to wear my wetsuit and I feel it was a good decision. Until after the run. Finished the swim with a time of 1:16.14. Slower that what I would like to admit but when you don’t put the time, you shouldn’t expect to do well. Best part was seeing my husband waiting for me by transition. It is always nice to see a familiar face on race day 🙂

The Run:

By the time I got out of the water, the temperature outside was 80 degrees and humid. It was good run and although it was on the boardwalk, it didn’t really bother me. I power through the run with a finish time of 53:05.

Overall I finished 2nd on my age group and a big chafe spot on my neck that looks like some one try to cut my neck with a knife. In the end I was a bit disappointed with my performance but I still don’t know why.

Now back to training because NYC Tri is Sunday July 16th.

Don’t be afraid to Try!

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~Linette~