Storm the Fort has been our pinnacle race for the last 3 years. Unfortunately, this year Mike had to sit the race out because of his broken hand! He was really bummed. My sister Kristen and her husband Aaron were able to come into town for the night and cheer me on during the race!! It was neat having a cheering section and a well documented race!
Storm the Fort is an Olympic distance triathlon: .9mile swim, 24 mile bike, 10k run.
My race recap goes something like this:
I had a decent warm up, found out that I hadn’t reengaged my front brake, so that’s good. The swim went way better than I expected. I was very settled in the water, only one feather or leaf in my mouth, no sunshine to cause creepy shadows, and my stroke felt good. I counted breaths to keep myself occupied but overall I was pleased. The bike went well. I dropped my water bottle within the first 3 miles and had to stop and pick it up. I also nearly locked up my chain but was able to peddle backwards and get it back on track. The actual bike portion was good, I felt stronger in the flats than I have in the past. My right foot was a bit numb so I unsuccessfully tried to work it out on the bike. Then came the run. I never hit my stride. The lowest part of both quads was all balled up, my right foot continued to stay numb and my right calf/Achilles was killing me. When I finished the race, I was disappointed with the run. Not finding your stride for 6.2 miles is exhausting mentally and physically. I figured I must have pushed too hard on the bike. But after checking my splits and comparing to last year (and regrouping after I had some distance from the finish), I realized that while my body was fighting tooth and nail to complete the run, the training I’d done paid off. My run split was faster than last year (not but a ton, but still!).
- Swim: 27:53
- T1: 1:21
- Bike: 1:22:45
- T2: 0:32
- Run: 52:35
- Total time: 2:45:03
So good race? Yes! I placed 1st in my age group =) Definitely a great year overall.
Loved my cheering section!!