I met up with Maria and when I went into the transition area to drop off my bike she told me "Founding Finishers" had their own racks! Say what?! Seriously, unbelievable! I was able to get a spot right next to Maria and there were a total of FOUR bikes on our rack.
|The Sign said '16 bikes per rack', but it wasn't even close to that!|
Since the race started at 6:30am we woke up bright and early and headed down to Tempe Town Lake. (I switched out my typical bagel with peanut butter for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and it really made a difference! I definitely think I'll be sticking with this from now on. I felt great the entire race and never felt hungry or out of energy!)
Since we were doing the Olympic distance, we were the first wave to go off. We got into the water (which felt great!) and made our way to the start line. Still ridiculously nervous. Out of no where the horn sounded and we all took off. I started somewhere in the middle, but found myself towards the front of the pack that I had to use the lead boat to sight off of. Which was a new experience for me. Usually, there are so many other swimmers I just follow the crowd and use the buoys to sight.
I finished the swim feeling on-top-of-the-world, and quickly exited the water, got my wet suit stripped off, and ran into transition. Along the way I passed some friends who were cheering and heard 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' loudly yelling "GO BABE!!" Cutest thing ever! :)
|One of the best wet suit strippers I've ever had! He definitely knew what he was doing and was REALLY fast!|
The bike course was two loops and it turned into a ghost town after the first loop and losing all the sprint athletes. I ate a few Honey Stinger chews along the way and drank both my bottles of water. Coming into transition off the bike I felt better than I ever have and ready for the run.
I quickly racked my bike (which was a piece of cake with all the room I had!) and grabbed a water bottle and took off on the run. I ran passed some friends cheering and it really helped. At this point, the sun was out and it was hot. Everyone looked miserable on the run, I cheered for most of the girls I passed hoping it would make the run more enjoyable for them and for me.
It was an out and back course that we did twice (for the Olympic distance) and after finishing that first loop I thought there was no way I was going to be able to finish another. Physically, I felt fine but I could feel my shoulders getting sunburned and the heat was quickly draining my energy and my pace slowed.
|I'm so lucky to have him out there!|
|From Instragram: TeamSprinklesAndGlitter|
***Since Esprit de She is an all girls triathlon and there are SO many first timers or beginners, the atmosphere is so much different than most races. In transition you will see everything from Wal-Mart mountain bikes to bikes worth 10k. Everyone participating is there is so supportive and encouraging- as I passed people (or got passed) it seemed like everyone was saying 'good job girl!' or 'you look great, keep going!' and it was a really cool experience. I will definitely be back every year for this race!!
*Have you ever done an all-girls race or event?
*Do you cheer/support people while you're racing?