I debated over how candid I wanted to be in my race report. You know, we all like to leave details out sometimes, right? I couldn’t be honest about the race if I didn’t detail it properly though, and perhaps other people can learn from my mistake. I truly believe it was one mistake that led to my downfall on this race. It probably isn’t even so much of a mistake as opposed to a “who knew?” kind of thing. Anyhow, be forewarned, that some of this may be a little bit TMI…
It has been an interesting few days in Seattle, some of which I hinted at yesterday. I discovered Saturday afternoon that my left cleat was falling apart so I quickly found a bike shop to get it replaced.
This morning I put my team tri top on and realized that the stitching was coming apart near the bottom of the zipper.
Then as I was bending over to put some things away in my bag my mom inadvertently noticed that a hole had developed in the rear seam of my tri shorts. A pair of Zoot shorts that I have ONLY used to race in. Seriously, I was apparently just falling apart all over the place. Omen? Luckily I had brought along a spare pair of shorts so no one was getting a show on the bike. 😉
Because my pre-race nutrition strategy had worked well at GWN I did the same thing this morning. A peanut butter and jam sandwich 2 hours before my start. A banana a half an hour later. A gel 30 minutes before getting in the water. All systems looked like go for a good race.
Transition opened up at 4:30 am, pros were set to go at 6:30 and my wave was up at 6:50. We left the hotel at 4:30, got to Lake Stevens by 5:00 and I had plenty of time to get everything done. Bikes were checked in on Saturday afternoon, so I had minimal gear to haul Sunday morning. We had the option to purchase “premium” parking for the race for the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce for $20. I hummed and hawed over it, but ultimately I went for it. If that took one less stressor out of the day, then it would be worth it. It turns out that I was assigned to the lot closest to transition. It was awesome and I was glad I spent the $20.
Before the race I noticed a familiar face in front of me heading towards transition. Biggest Loser Matt Hoover was racing today. I had heard that he will be racing Kona this year and he’s been doing some tune up races for the big day. I guess Lake Stevens was one of them.
The swim start was delayed about 20 minutes as there was still a fair bit of fog on the water. Not the best to swim in, but it definitely looked amazing. After watching the pro men go I got into my wetsuit, then headed near the water for a quick warm up swim. Pretty soon they were calling my wave to line up on the dock so it was go time!!