This may be the fastest I ever get a race recap up! That's what happens when you're staying at your parents' house and dinner is finished before 8:00! :)
Yesterday I drove home to Suffolk from Baltimore to participate in the 3rd annual ODU Triathlon and spend some time with my parents. Charlotte came too.
Before going to sleep, I got all my stuff ready to go for our 6:30 wake-up call.
I was excited to use my new Pearl Izumi thermal (do I love turquoise/blue and black or what??)
The race was at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and was one of USTA's "retro tri" series.
In specific, the USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series is a youth and adult multisport event that combines swimming, biking, and running. All events within the series are not required to be timed, but timing is acceptable. The focus is on participation rather than competition. Because of this, rankings will not be available for races within the series.
To participate in the USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, athletes must be at least 13 years of age. There will be 15 events across the United States which will make up the 2014 series. The Retro Tri Series will serve to expose and continue to educate all participants on a healthy and active multisport lifestyle. It is open to first-timers, seasoned veterans, and those looking to stay active, all while in an event atmosphere.
Setting up my transition area.
The race consisted of a 400-yard swim, 6-mile bike on a looped course, and a 3.1-mile run through campus.
Up first, the swim. The Iron Girl Columbia triathlon was an open water swim, so this was my first triathlon with an indoor pool swim (besides the 2 indoor triathlons that I did).
It was a snake swim, meaning we entered the pool on one side, and swam up and down the lanes until we reached the other side.
They did a good job spacing us out in the lanes, which is something I was worried about.
Next, the bike! The bike course consisted of six 1-mile loops. We had to do 12 U-turns, which I was not crazy about. Some of the turns we had to be careful of other people getting on the course. I get a little nervous making turns on my bike, so this was a bit unnerving. The 6 miles went pretty quickly though.
The run was through campus, and I ran most of it completely solo, so I was a little lonely. :)
I was struggling to finish strong at this point!!
All in all, it was a really fun, beginner-friendly event, which is the whole point of the retro triathlon. I would recommend it as good, late season local race. :)
Coffee + mimosa = post race necessities :)
Special thanks to my parents for spectating and supporting, and to my mom for taking these pictures!
Annd now I think I'll lounge on the couch until I fall asleep ;)