I should preface this recap with the following:
- I’ve been on my bike 4 times this year
- I’ve been to the pool 5 times this year
- I’ve completed 0 brick workouts this year
- I’ve logged hundreds, thousands, of (running) miles this year
Savageman Triathlon is my favorite triathlon of the year (and my only one in 2012). I always look forward to this weekend of racing, friends, and post-race hot tub & wine. This race is low-key, so there’s not a ton of pressure, but it’s so well organized that it feels like a large-scale event. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again: Kyle Yost & team put on a great race!
Pre-race: It was a little chilly in the morning, but I knew it was going to be a perfect day for racing – the high was 66 degrees and sunny. I know not all races have the luxury of starting “late”, but I love that Savageman starts at 9:30am, with transition closing at 9:15am. (That means I get to sleep until 7am on race morning!) I don’t feel rushed, there are no frantic wake-ups at 2am, 3am, 4am, and finally 4:15am, and I hardly feel nervous.
Swim: The swim started with me ripping my wetsuit at the seam (by my knee); not an ideal way to start a race but I just went with it. I had no expectations for the swim but was hoping that I could finish right around the 30-minute mark. The water felt great (70.4 degrees) and I love that I can see the bottom of the lake – it’s totally mental, but seeing the bottom makes me feel faster. I felt strong at the turnaround and my sighting was spot-on for the last 0.5 miles. Time: 30:18
T1: 2:27 (1st out of transition)
Bike: Again, very little expectations for the bike – I’ve been on my bike 4 times in 2012, averaging 18-20 miles/ride. The temperature was up by the time I finished my swim and I decided to forego arm warmers, overall a good choice with the exception of 2 downhill’s at the beginning of the ride. I felt really good considering I haven’t trained much. Time: 1:24:06
T2: 2:05 (took my time here, and made a quick stop to the porta-potty)Run: My sweet spot and (probably) the only reason I do triathlons. I felt really strong on the run; I promised myself and BJ that I wouldn’t leave anything out on the (run) course. The run is one of my favorites in triathlon courses – it’s the perfect combination of hilly, flat, challenging, and really rewarding. I’m really happy with my run performance. Time: 49:22 (7:57 pace & #1 in my AG)
Overall Time: 2:48:15
Overall Place: 115/383
Female Place: 21/127
Age Group Place: 3/15 (I finally got 3rd place!!)Final Thoughts: After 4 years of 4th place, I finally nabbed an age group award! I hardly trained for the swim & bike so I’d love to see what I could do if I actually trained for all three events…maybe next year. Overall, I had a great race weekend – we all PR’ed from last year and really enjoyed our time in Deep Creek. I’ll be back again next year!
A HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers – you make a huge difference, and this race wouldn’t go as smoothly without you. Thank you for your time!