Tuesday, July 22, 2008

June Lake Tri Recap

We went up to Mammoth Lakes July 12-13 for the June Lake Triathlon and then some climbing. We got into Mammoth around 10:30 on Friday night, and got up bright and early Saturday morning to leave for June Lake by 6 a.m. Eric and I had registered for the sprint distance race, which was a 400m lake swim, 8 mile bike, and a supposed 1.5 mile run that on race day we found out was actually 2.25 miles. Eh, no worries... or so we thought!
We got to June Lake just after 6, so we had plenty of time to pump up our bike tires, get our race packets (including our Patagonia race t-shirts!) and get our transition area ready by our 8:30 a.m. start. We watched the Olympic distance swim start at 8 a.m. while getting adjusted to the water ourselves. At 69 degrees, the water wasn't too cold, but I still decided to wear a wet suit. After watching the Olympic distance swimmers go way farther out than we were going to swim, I was glad that I was just doing the sprint and had to tread my way through 400 m instead of 1500!
Our race started just on time at 8:30 a.m. and I survived the swim in 13:24. That's all I'm going to say about that. The bike was next. Luckily, Eric and I had gone to Mammoth Lakes the weekend before, mostly for climbing, but also to test out the bike course. The first part was a little uphill to get to the downhill into June Lake Village. After a couple miles of downhill, it was through June Lake Village, and then around to North Shore. This is where it was good that we had been there the weekend before. 3.5 miles of uphill. And it was hard! I don't think the altitude bothered me too much, I kind of suck at steep hills whether it's biking or running anyway. I did pass a girl who was walking her bike, so I tried to encourage her before I blew her wheels off... riiight. Finally I got through the hills and cruised downhill around and into the transition area. I wished I had've gone a little faster with the bike (35:20), but I figured I'd make up time on the run. I'm a runner, after all...
The run started in this sand. And then it continued in the sand. And then they added a hill. And then I walked. Ran some, and walked some more. I decided I do not like running in sand. Granted I haven't really done hill work in awhile, or ran much at all, but seriously, 24 minutes and 30 seconds to run 2.25 miles? With the second part all downhill? I was actually thankful to get to a slow steady uphill climb on the road. I think it was a hard course. And considering that I ranked just above the middle of the group for the run, other people thought so too. But I finished it, and the tri in 63rd place with a time of 1:17:56 (take that 1:18!). Eric kicked ass in 19th place with 1:04:55.
Basically I should probably train a little harder for our next triathlon, the Santa Barbara tri in August. June Lake tri was really challenging, but really fun, too. I would definitely recommend it!

Here are some of the pictures that our personal photog for the morning (Jeff) took... he definitely gets props for getting up early and coming out to support us :)


Eric taking off on his bike for a 23:26 ride.

Coming in after my loooooong 400m swim

Almost ready for the bike!

Cruising in at the end of my bike ride.

Eric finishing... making it look so easy!

Me finishing, asking Jeff where Eric is since Eric competed with a potentially partially collapsed lung, and I didn't see him anywhere.


e-rod said...

what do you mean you suck at running hills? if i remember correctly didn't i have a running pal that pushed me up north hill? and ever since that time i knew that i can run hills.

sounds like a great tri, abbie. i might just have to try that too. congrats!!

Amanda said...

So I read your tri blog to be encouraged for mine coming up in August... and I'M NOT!!! haha. I'm doing an olympic distance and WAY nervous about it. Well, mostly about the swim. ANYWAY, glad you did one first so I could read about it... haha.