Race Day: Surf Town Triathlon

Today I participated in my second triathlon. The Surf Town Triathlon in Imperial Beach.
I was pretty excited about this race because #1 it was going to be my last one for this season and #2 it was going to be my second triathlon. I got 8th in my division in my first race so I figured I would be able to do a little better in this one because I had some "experience". If you want to even call it that. Basically I wasn't going to be running around like a chicken with it's head cut off. I had a game plan. My goal was to get in the top 3 for my division. (Lofty goal but I like to shoot for the stars.)

So here is the event recap:

Barely any waves. Just how I like my beach swims. Battling waves sucks.
Getting ready.

I started out at the front of the pack...

Got out of the water about 10th out of all the women under 34.

I think the drawing below goes well with this picture :-)

2nd in the Female 20-24 Division

 Below are the official times. So I have some serious work to do before next season if I want to shave off minutes. But I am pretty pumped so I think I can do it.

1. Get more power swimming and learn how to draft better.
2. Figure out what the hell seems to happen to me on the bike.
3. Shave a couple minutes off my run by just learning to set my pace a little faster.
4. Get stronger and closer to a better race weight.
5. Train harder and recover faster.

Now I need to get some sleep.


  1. Congratulations on getting second place in your second triathlon! That is just awesome, plus you were able to achieve your goal of being in the top three which is great! :) I find myself slightly jealous of your skills, dedication and energy -- am working on getting my energy levels back up but even after I do that I know I am not cut out to try triathlons so I shall follow your progress online instead. Am sure you have more triathlons ahead of you, good luck!

  2. Thank you so much.I don't blame you for not trying triathlons. I have some friends and coworkers that look at me like I am insane. How about a 5k when you get your energy back? You let me know when you get there and maybe we can get Amy to push a stroller and do one with us.

  3. You are more than welcome -- you were the one who did all the work! And that is a really good suggestion, I had not thought about setting "solid" goals such as registering for 1k, 2k, 5k, and eventually 10ks. I know there are tons of groups out there (some I have volunteered for and/or donated to) that have official walks, I suppose they seemed a bit daunting to do by myself... I will continue to work on getting my energy back and in the meantime shall start looking for various events :) Thanks for the suggestion, the offer to join me when I eventually am ready -- and the suggestion that Amy pushing a stroller could join us! (I have been hoping and praying for them)
    P.S. I just remembered that one of my younger cousins did a triathlon maybe six years ago?? He finished alright (I do not recall exactly where he placed) but for some reason it was the only one he ever did. I think it takes a lot of time and real commitment -- and I doubt I would ever be one to try it! Walks I will be capable of so I am off to look into those -- finding more to motivate me should help me get my energy back and then registering can begin! :)

  4. Yeah set a solid goal and tell people you are walking/jogging in whatever the event is. That's what I did for my first triathlon. Gives you a little extra motivation to "train" and do the race. Let me know what you find.