Escape the Cape Mass edition was this morning. We got there at like6:45 because I’m an anxious person and I hate waiting in lines for registration and body marking. I set up my transition area… They had the nice racks that hold your back wheel, not the pipe kind which gives you a well defffined area to rack your bike. I was early so I got an spot on the end of the rack . Then I hung our for a while before craming myself into my wetsuit and getting about 15 minutes of swimming in before the race started. The race director says the water was 63 degrees… It felt COLD and I was greatful for my long sleeve wetsuit and neoprene cap. After anouncements you walk 1/3 of a mile down the beach to the swim for the in water start. The current (or wind?) was slowing down the first wave so they added an extra minute
between waves. I was in wave two and have swam twice in the past month (yay stiches), so I didn’t push things and cought some feet hear and there. It felt slow. I could see the bottom and I could tell Iwasn’t moving as fast as normal. I did pick off a few men from the wave in front of us, and didn’t notice getting passed by anyone in the wave behind. I swam till my chest hit the ground and then walked though transition because I needed to catch my breath.
It was in the upper 50s so I decided to pull on a long sleeve jersey… It wasn’t worth the effort. A vest or wind/rain jacket would have been easier to get on over a wet body. The bike felt good and I picked off some women and men. There were plenty of volenteers to keep things on track. The men from the wave behind me started passing me more frequently bout a mile before the turnaround. The way back was into the wind and Ikept sitting up out of areo because i felt like I was going too slow for it to be worth it and then the other part of my brain would say you ninny areo will help in a headwind. I almost wipped out when I was watchign some kids cheering on the side of the road and went to get back into areo after a turn. I cought my pinky on my bullhorns and wobbled a bit, but managed to recover.
I was not looking forward to the run. Going into it I was planning on doing 5min run 1 min walk for the whole thing. I quickly realized that would not work and did 1 min run 1 min walk for the first mile which had the worst of the up hills. Then I ran several minutes when things flattened out and went downhill. I stuck maily to one or two minute runs with one minute of walking. Note: if you are not a good runner you deffintily shouldn’t take the winter off from running. Anyway I finished up and my boy was there to greet me. My timing chip got mixed up with someone elses, so my name didn’t get called across the line; however, the time showing up online seems to be appropriate for my race so it must have been fixed.
Post race you got two slices of pizza and some salad, and tey do giveaways durring the awards ceremony. They said they were going to give away some lock laces, but never did., so I made boy go ask about it (I’m too shy) and I got a pai for my new running shoes. My other swag included a tee shirt, microfiber towel (the small sweat mopping gym size) that will be great for swim meets, and a hammer gel. I thought there was supposed to be a waterbottle too.. Maybe they ran out? No finsher medal, which is fine by me. While I was getting stuff packed up to put in the car when My rear tire randomly went flat (I’m pretty sure the tires that came on my bike SUCK) Once I got home I found a hole in my sidewall. I’m really lucky it didn’t go durring the race.