Mass State – July 8, 2018
Laurie’s Race Report:
Dawn. 52 degrees. Brr! What happened to that heatwave? Not to worry, it warmed up by the time we got going.
I picked up MH (we live about a block from each other) and we headed out to Winchendon to meet up with Melaney for our relay for Mass State Tri. We were joined by TE teammates Margaret and Fran (doing the full Olympic tri) and Cathy (aquabike): a pretty nice team showing!
It was a beautiful, if chilly, morning with wispy mist rising off the water. I was a little worried that the start would be delayed, but the mist dissipated pretty quickly and we were left with a bright, clear day. After a reading of 80 degrees on Saturday, the Sunday morning water temperature check said 77 so it was a wetsuit legal race (although I think they must have gone to great lengths to get that temperature – the water was warm).
We were in wave 2 – relays are NEVER in such an early wave. It was great! I shot off and managed to swim one of my best times. Maybe wetsuits aren’t so bad after all! 22:52 for the .9 mile swim.
Chip handoff – thanks to MH for making the transfer from my ankle to Melaney’s – and Melaney hit the road for a quick 22-mile ride at 19.2mph! Wow! She was back well ahead of when she told us to expect her. Way to ride!
Quick T2 and MH pulled off a speedy 48:41 for the 10k run. That’s a blazing 7:52/mile pace and a personal best!
Given all that, it was no surprise that we were 1st in the female relay division! Yippee!
Since I was only swimming, I got to watch and cheer. It was fun to see everybody going from swimming to biking to running (except aquabiking Cathy) to finishing!
It’s always uplifting to be with such strong athletes.
Fabulous work TE!