Everyone is finally in bed so I have a few minutes to write this out before I crash too.
At 3:00am, I awaken to DD1 telling me she's wet her bed
. She's only been dry at night for about 2 weeks though. So I change her jammies and her sheets and get her back to sleep and then I can't sleep. I think I must have just dropped back off at 5:00am when my alarm went off. Ate oatmeal, drank coffee, and drove 1 1/2 hours to the race site. Checked in, racked bike, set up transition, etc. and ran into a few people I knew from Bloomington. The race was at the Indiana Downs horseracing track and the swim was in the big lake right in the middle of the track. We were all worried that it might be kind of manure-y, but it was one of the clearest, cleanest open water swims I've done! Overall, the swim was fine, not super-fast, but at least I didn't have a panic attack like my last tri swim. Ran to transition and put on my cycling shoes, helmet and grabbed the bike to head out onto the road for 14 miles. The beginning was wierd, since we actually had to bike on the sidewalk to get out onto the road, but the rest was clear, flat country roads that I easily maintained 20-22mph on. There were a lot of turns though, which is probably what pulled my bike average down below 20. I passed a lot of people on the bike, and was only passed by two guys. Now you may notice that my transition 2 time is looooooong ~ this is because the rack FELL ON ME! And some guys had to run over and pull it off me
! I did notice that there was only one other bike racked at that point on my agegroup rack and I knew I had to find that woman out on the run and track her down
! The first 1/2 mile of the run was on the horsetrack, which was really nice to run on, then another mile out and back on the roads, followed by the last half mile around the track oval to the finish. Coming back into the track area for the last 1/2 mile, I saw the woman who I needed to pass. She was running pretty slowly and I knew I could get her, so I just turned it on hard with about 200m to the finish chute! I don't think I've ever run that fast, but I passed her in the last 100m or so for first place in the W40-44 AG
! I found out later on that the woman who ended up taking second is actually an ultramarathoner, but had a stress fracture, which is why she was running so slowly. She still kicked my butt on the swim and bike though.
Overall, it was a GREAT race and I'm so happy with my performance overall. Next stop ~ Chicago
!!!!! Only 3 weeks to go.