I'm happy to report that I successfully finished another NYC Triathlon in my goal of under 3 1/2 hours at 3:29:41! I was thrilled (but not at all surprised) that I cut down the time on my swim -- I actually got into a really good groove -- but apparently I was futzing around during my transitions and didn't push quite hard enough on the bike! I'm pretty pleased with the run as well, especially given the heat. All in all, though, it was a great race. Here are my times for comparison.
2010: Swim 20:54 T1 11:39 Bike 1:42:43 T2 6:26 Run 1:08:01
2009: Swim 24:30 T1 10:17 Bike 1:40:57 T2 4:01 Run 1:07:22
2008: Swim 24:30 T1 10:55 Bike 1:36:47 T2 4:00 Run 1:08:40
My highlights from the race:
Seeing Tiffany, with whom I crossed the finish line last year, at the swim start; noticing, for the first time, the distance markers along the way on the swim course; seeing my Mom and Stephen along the course; biking through the tollbooth and enjoying the view over the Hudson River Bridge; playing cat & mouse on the bike course with a fellow Team in Training team member, who, at age 24, was mostly trying to catch me; dancing around to "Can't Touch This," which was playing over the loudspeaker during my second transition (this might account for the long transition time); having April run with me for a portion of the run; hearing people shout out your name (or some variation of it) along the way (I highly recommend putting your name on your shirt); hearing/seeing Rachel from Bespoke Chocolates cheer me on as I was rounding one of the final curves towards the finish; and digging deep and sprinting those last few yards to the sound of a cheering crowd.
Least favorite? Having to ride my bike home afterward with a backpack full of tri gear.
Thanks to you all, I raised over $3,800 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!!! It is a privilege to be a part of raising money for such a good cause, and I can't thank you enough. I also want to thank everyone for their words of support and congratulations along the way and after the race, and it was a pleasure celebrating with so many of you last night (especially @jasonwomack & @jodiwomack from Ojai).
I also wanted to send an extra special congrats to Meg, who also trained with TNT and completed her first NYC Tri, Noelle, who did a tri out on the West Coast yesterday, and Chris B., who completed his first tri yesterday in California. It was fun to have a little training network going on.
I hope I can count on your support for the tri again next year!