My bike finally racked up and ready to race
Sunday, race morning was another early one. Race start was 7am (sunrise was 7:32am?!!!) so up at 3:45am for breakfast and off to the race. They had plenty of lights so you could see in transition but warming up was in the dark. The only cool part was they had put glow sticks on all the swim buoys so it look like we were swimming down an airport runway. It ended up being quite light by the start so no worries there. There were only 8 pro women racing and we had our own wave so it was a clean start. I was hoping to catch Sarah McLarty's feet but missed them and ended up towing Jasmine Oeinck and Joanna Zeiger around the swim course. The other four girls weren't swim specialists. Out onto the bike course the first lap was great, lots of room, no drafting issues. The second lap was a whole different story and I unfortunately felt like I spent more energy trying to figure out where I was supposed to be riding than actually pedalling. As optimistic as I was about my fitness it was also pretty obvious that I had spent far more time on my mountain bike this winter than my TT bike and quickly lost touch with the girls that I had swum with and was quickly being reeled in by the bikers behind me. Jillian Peterson, who eventually went onto win, rode by me like I was standing still. I rode into transition with fellow Canuck Cynthia Wilson and headed out onto the run in fifth place. The run was solid but I lost another place to Michelle Leblanc and finished sixth. Lucky for me they paid six deep. As I said, not a great race but certainly a solid way to start the season.
Miami style, after the race Iliana and I joined up with a bunch of her friends that had raced or volunteered and headed to the beach for some relaxing. I didn't bring my camera so once they email me pictures I will get them up. I was a good white girl and remembered to put on plenty of sun screen. Tomorrow morning it is up bright and early again for the flight back to Charlotte and drive up to Asheville. Hopefully my bike will travel with me this time.