Saturday 3 generations hit the OC Roads to dabble with our first triathlon! The iTryathlon in Irvine was actually a pretty fun, small local race. There were about 500 people who participated and the mix was women and youth. It made for an interesting dynamic, but the race was super organized (as most Renegade Races are), incredibly family friendly and a wee bit hot at the end! Even with all my nerves and “where to go when?” jitters, it was seamless thanks to the Renegade staff.
And a special shoutout to them because they made accommodations to help me meet my mumsie to finish her out. The transition area manager saw me come through for my swim and was waiting by my bike when I returned and got me set on my way to find her. Monster bonus points for that unique accommodation!
And I’d say it was mostly a success! I posted Saturday morning about my concerns (wedgies, falls, etc.) it turned out that none of my fears came true. And for the record I forewent the garbage bag & duct tape swimwear.
Transition 1: 55 seconds
Bike (9 miles): 34:23
Transition 2 & Swim – Not recorded Boo!
Total Time: 1:03:35
1st place in Division, 8th woman overall
5K was okay – got a positive split so I went out too fast It’s also very humbling in a women & youth race when you’re getting your behind kicked by 13 year-old prepubescent boys and watching 15 & 17 year old girls hang out front. Man, I felt old.
Mile 1- 6:30
Mile 2- 7:46 (all uphill)
Mile 3- 7
Bike: I have no idea on my bike splits, but I was a hurting puppy on the mile 2 & 5.5 respectively uphill stint.
Swim: I have no idea what happened…I pulled a Michael Phelps and ended up with one lens of my goggles full of water and the other half full. I’d take a peak out of my right eye every 30 seconds or so to see where I was. Rumor has it I passed one person. I have no clue though!
1: Dashing out of the pool, running back to my bike and meeting up with my mom for the last 2 miles of the bike and then swimming her to the finish.
2: Watching Strawberry kill it in his race (3rd place Division finish). The half mile race was half uphill. I may or may not have stood there yelling, “Hills make men!” to him repeatedly.
3: Literally biking next of groups of women singing, “I want to ride my bicycle…let’s hear it ladies…I want to ride my – ____” and made them fill in bike. If they wouldn’t I’d tell them that yelling or singing bike would make them go faster. That said, I just might have done a wee bit better if I didn’t spend 2 miles uphill trying to get people to sing. Whoops.
4: Super fun awards ceremony afterward. They had one pro participate who was there signing medals for the kids (and some adults!) and they gave out tons of awards for small age groups which is rare in a small race. Since it was targeted at newbies in the tri-world this was a GREAT way to get people motivated. Showed Renegade’s commitment to encouraging people in the sport. Monster kudos to you!
Kiddos spent the rest of the day at the pool and I literally sat in my swimsuit from the race with compression socks on (it’s a super awesome look, OC approved) until it was time to take Grandma Honey back to the airport.
I found this driving home: