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.
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 🙂
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!