swim- the swim for this mini was 250 yard- which is what we had been swimming when training for the 1st race (oops). this for me is a pretty perfect distance. they had the swimmers split into 2 pools- 1-260 in pool 1, and 261-500 in pool 2. dave was 141- so he was over halfway back in the 1st pool, and i was 296, so i was near the front of the 2nd pool. i was in the pool 10 minutes after the beginning of the race! this swim was much smoother to me than the last- they were spacing people about 20 seconds apart- and there was a boy around 12 in front of me and he was pretty fast, so i never had to worry about him being right in front of me. i was able to actually swim and do my strokes w\o feeling sloshed around all over the pool. i finished in 6:52- 34th out of 40 in my age group.
bike- this race was not chip timed, so our transitions were lumped in with our event times. i got to my bike quickly, threw my jersey, socks, shoes, headband and helmet on, and was out in a good time- i wish i knew how fast though. the bike course was decent- 10k. it was on frontage roads, and you rode out to a point, and turned around through a parking lot and went back. i definitely didn't like that- it was 2 way bike traffic almost the entire time, which made it hard to pass if you needed to. also, people, for the love of all that is holy- when you pass someone on your bike- you say ON YOUR LEFT!!! how do people not understand/know that. there were some decent sized hills in the course (to me anyway) and
run- 2 mile run. i hate running. i am lazy and running is dumb... once again, i got off the bike and felt like i couldn't run. my muscles in my calves felt so sore even after stretching after the bike. this transition probably took a little longer b\c 1. i had to walk my dumb bike back and 2. i need water!!! i got passed by so many people. i basically was walking as fast as i could! on my way out, i walked by this tiny old man who was in the schaumburg race w\ us, and he was on his way back- when i was on my way back, he was out running the 2 miles again! and then when dave got in, we saw him coming back & going out AGAIN! the run was also done where you ran to a certain point, turned and came back. i finally felt okay when i got to the turn around and was able to run 90% back. i have really got to work on running. a lot. on my way back i finally passed dave- he was coming back from his bike! run time 33:45:5. aw-ful. 38th in my age group. boo.
i was able to get back in, get a little something to drink and grab the camera to catch dave crossing the finish line! my overall time 1:11:11:5. 36th out of 40 in my age group. 405 in the race overall. again, i end up being disappointed. again.
after the race, they gave out tons of free samples (muscle milk = yum), did post-race stretching and had a raffle! i ended up winning & picked out a $50 certificate to dick's sporting goods where i was able to get myself new running shoes! i love the shoes i have now, but i got them when i was pregnant and i have logged a lot of miles in them between work & training! overall the woodridge mini sprint was a success!!
race photos: there were several photographers on hand and over 2500 race photos. dave made 2 in the swim portion, and i made 3 in the bike.
dave is mad that his only race pics are him getting out of the pool and show his chest...
i think i look silly...
believe it or not, that's dave getting ready to cross the finish line. darn camera!
and he's finished!!
post race stretching- awesome!
so worth it.
dave grabbing the buffalo by the horns. it's a metaphor...
we did it!!