Second Triathlon of the year after a summer foot injury. I'm still recovering, but was able to put together a great swim and bike followed by an okay run.
Second Triathlon of the year after a summer foot injury.
I'm still recovering, but was able to put together a great swim and bike followed by an okay run.
Racing in the Infinit BlueSeventy Helix suit was great; with minimal racing during covid and other warm weather races, it was the first time racing in the Helix. It definitely aided my swim time. The two loop course with calm waters was uncrowded and a nice steady start to the race.
The bike course was challenging yet quiet. The Olympic distance was a small amount of people so there was little passing and few people visible during the duration of the bike. When the course rejoined the sprint course I finally found some other bikes, but also some traffic on a short section of busy road. I had to slow my pace for a few minutes to navigate some slower bikes and cars until it was safe to pass.
Sandling Beach's run course is entirely within a state park; the 2 loop course is anything but flat, and despite being well hydrated I found my muscles cramping when I pushed my pace. So the run was slower than my typical Olympic distance finish and I had to fight through some pain between cramping and just being cleared from a foot injury, but I was overall happy with the race, performance, and results.
This was a great benchmark for the 2022 season. Now I can work on my bike fitness as I continue to let my foot rest and get back to 100% before returning to full run training.