Oops I did it again…
WCOC Oliver Olympic Race Report
May 15, 2011
I have been planning to revisit this race since the shock from racing it last year wore off. I spent the fall and winter swimming, spinning and unfortunately gaining a bit of weight while not running due to an IT band problem… I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to pull it off while packing extra Becky up the hills and false flats. I was finally shamed in to signing up for the race by my training buddy Tina.
Despite my apprehension I signed up, so I gave my attitude an adjustment and decided to go for it and seriously improve upon my race experience from last year.
A practice swim in Tuc El Nuit Lake and a ride around the course actually helped my confidence and I decided not to run and just wing it.
Race day came and Mark, the Girls and I headed down to the race start. Bike racked, transition mat laid out, couple of nervous bathroom breaks and a great warm up swim (that’s the key YO!)
Swim starts and we’re off like a heard of turtles, do we really want to be swimming in 17 degrees murky water? Oh well here we go. Breath out fully, breath out fully, no crazy dog, no crazy dog (ask Olly), focus on stroke technique, find some faster feet. Hmmm I am almost done the first lap and oh my goodness my watch says 17 min exactly my time goal for the first 750 meters. Back in the water again for another lap, feeling warmed up, found some nice feet to follow.
Swim is done in 35 min according to my watch. So freaking happy!! Gotta strip off the wetsuit and run up two flights of stairs and prepare to ride 40 km. I don’t think there’ll be any crying today.
Stand by for the bike report…