2013 Steelman Race Report
Bike: It's about 25 miles and I don't bike fast. 4 minutes a mile is probably as fast as I can reasonably do, and that's a 1:40. It's probably more likely that I'll be at 5 minutes a mile for a 2:05 bike leg. So if I can finish under 2 hours I will count it a success.
Run: I love running and this is a 10K. Last fall I ran a 46:17 in the Great Race 10K. That's not likely in this event, but I'd like to think I can roll in under 60 minutes. If I can come in under 54 minutes (slightly faster than 9:00/mile pace) I'll be really happy.
So there you have it: slowest finish time around 220 minutes (3:40 minutes) and fastest could be 190 minutes (3:10 minutes). I did it - I am a Steelman Olympic Finisher!
My finish time was 3:18:18 and though the race was hard I can honestly say I enjoyed every stroke, pedal and step.
I had attended the pre-race meeting the day before and driven most of the bike course. I had a decent night sleep and had visualized how I would feel during the race. I even had a specific mantra or positive thought for the swim, bike and run portions.
As I entered transition I got my body markings. The racks were already pretty crowded and I actually had to move someone's bike down a bit to make room for my stuff. Six bikes to a rack ladies! Don't take up all the space!
.9 mile Swim
Bike 24.6 miles
My bike time was 1:46:02. That was the slowest time in my age group for this year's event AND last year's event. But that time is still closer to the faster goal in my range, so I am going to be satisfied with it. Frankly I was pretty happy to be finished the bike leg!!
When you cross the finish line at Steelman, they put an icy cold towel around your neck - that was incredible. I highly recommend it. I was really, really happy to hug my husband.
I could not stop smiling after the race and was really proud of my effort and accomplishment. I missed celebrating with my coach who had been injured pretty bad coming out of T1. And I wished my kids could have seen me, but I was so happy to have my husband there cheering me on.
Overall, I was 21 out of 26 women in my age group. Out of the water, I was in 343 place and off the bike I was in 390. But after the run I knocked that down to 209th place! There's plenty of room for improvement in the bike leg and I hope to get stronger in the swim and run, too. Now I'm just looking for the next race on the calendar.