|Manic Mojos after the race!|
Myself and superstar reporters Abbey Roy and Anna Sudar joined forces to compete in the Greenswell Triathlon as a relay team July 17 (Sunday) at Alum Creek beach in Lewis Center. Anna swam, Abbey rode and I ran. We rocked it, we did the sprint distance in 1:26:38, second place of all relay teams! Full results here. Results for all Greenswell events that weekend here.
My part of it was a 5K that I did in 26:36 with awesome splits. I finally learned my lesson about not starting out too fast!
|Timing chip on Anna's foot.|
|Anna in the water.|
It's my turn! We're :46 in transition, which includes me stopping to tighten the ankle strap because it was too loose.
I was secretly not looking forward to this at all. I was sore from 10 miles with MIT the day before. I was running on little sleep thanks to a screaming kid waking me up at 4 a.m. And within two steps I realized the Zoots were a horrible choice of shoes given my horrific shin splits. It's not too hot out yet, but the humidity was killer.
|Me taking off into the woods.|
I felt horrible! Anna and Abbey were so pumped, so competitive, and here I am ill-prepared. But still I took off with Green Day blaring in my ears. Just keep it under 30, Jessica.
We ran across the beach and through a wooded area. My legs wouldn't let me move faster than a 9-minute pace. Running on the grass was a welcome relief for my aching shins. The course is a slight uphill. After about a mile we spit out onto the dam to get to the turnaround. The first mile was 8:41, not nearly as bad as I thought! The pavement was rough at first but my legs settled in around the turnaround point. It was so pretty! Plus I got a slight ego boost from passing people who were tired from their rides and swims.
Even though there was a nice breeze from the water there was no shade during the part on the dam. As I'm finishing Mile 2 I'm thinking I was done for. I finished the mile in 8:35.
|Awesome shot Anna's fiance got of me and Anna's dad passing each other on the dam.|
The food was excellent, fresh fruit, Sun Chips, granola bars and Veggie Straws (yumm!) In general the event was very well staffed and organized. We took second of the relay teams, but they didn't have the right plaque so it will be mailed to us and displayed in the Advocate newsroom.
And watching a people do a full triathlon may or may not have gotten the wheels turning in my head :) (I can't swim.) But for now, that's four races in four weeks complete, and time for me to start focusing on Columbus (and Hocking!)
But there is a future for the Manic Mojos all-star triathlon relay team. We'll be having a little celebration tonight to discuss it!
|Us after the race.|