Egg Hunt Race
On Saturday, April 23 I competed in my 5th triathlon of the year. The Egg Hunt triathlon took place at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Florida and was race number 2 of 5 of the Broward Championship Race Series put on by Multirace.com. The race could be done as either a sprint distance duathlon or sprint distance triathlon. I participated in the duathlon the past two years, but this was the first time I competed in the triathlon.
The swim is my weakest of the three sports of triathlon. Until January 3 of this year, I never really went in the water. I've lived in SE Florida for around 20 years but an extreme water phobia has kept me on land. But I have a goal of doing an Ironman distance triathlon before I turn 50, so I am trying to get over my swim phobia and learn how to swim.
- 1.5 mile run
- 11 mile bike
- 1.5 mile run
- .25 mile swim
- 11 mile bike
- 3 mile run
Bike Diva's Race Results
I certainly didn't set any speed records at this race. I still have a lot of anxiety in the water, which causes me to stop swimming and just tread water until I can calm myself down and stop hyperventilating.I was doing okay until I reached the second buoy. That's about when the Clydesdale men, who started in the wave after me, caught up to me and passed me like a stampede of water buffalo.
I got boxed in at the buoy and got bashed around a bit. I ended up with a nice bruise on my upper left arm, just something to get used to if I'm going to be a triathlete, but for someone with an irrational fear of the water, I just couldn't handle it. I almost stuck my hand up to get the attention of one of the rescue kayakers. But then I heard someone to my right shouting out for help, turns out he started in the swim wave before me. Two of the resuce workers went right over to help him out. I decided I was doing okay, and only had about 50 yards to get to shore so I stuck my head back in the water and did my version of swimming to get to the swim exit.
I placed 6th in my age group, Multirace.com events award age groups 5 deep. If I had been 2 minutes and 9 seconds faster, I would have placed 5th and won an award. Bummer, gives me a goal to work on, have to get over my fear of the water, most girls in my age group completed the swim in 10-12 minutes.
- Swim: 17:15
- T1: 1:01
- Bike: 37:14
- T2: 1:06
- Run: 30:35
- Overall time: 1:27:11
- Age group: 6 out 14 women 45-49
- Gender: 70 out of 111
- Overall: 236 out of 307
Duck Poop Soup
The swim portion of the Egg Hunt triathlon took place in the tiny man-made lake at CB Smith Park. It's a small, rectangular shape lake. We swam across the lake, almost to the opposite shore, before turning at the first buoy, then swam across the lake to the second swim buoy before heading back towards shore.
There were a lot of Muscovy ducks hanging out at the lake. Those are the strange looking ducks with the weird red coloring/flesh around their beaks. Everyone was thinking, oh great, we get to swim in a lake full of duck poop - NICE! Just another one of those fun facts that are never mentioned in the triathlon magazines.
Egg Hunt Bike And Run
The bike portion of the Egg Hunt race was a 11 mile course for both duathletes and triathletes. Leaving transition, you did a counter clockwise loop inside the park, then you got to play in traffic as you completed a clockwise loop outside the park. You repeated the inner and outer loop two times before riding back to the transition area. I'm not sure if my asthma was acting up, but I never found my lungs during the bike portion of the race and had a pretty sucky bike split. I only averaged around 18 MPH, which is pretty slow for someone that calls herself the Bike Diva.
The run was completely inside the park, on a mostly paved walking path which circled around the lake. Duathletes completed one run loop for a total of 1.5 miles, while triathletes completed two runs loops for a total of 3 miles before heading to the finish line. My run ended up being okay, guess since I didn't hammer it on the bike I still had some gas left to finish the run. I am still a really slow runner, but at least I didn't have to walk during the race, so for me, that's having a good run.
Links to Bike Diva's Triathlon Race Reports
My next race is coming up this weekend. My husband and I will be participating in St. Anthony's Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday, May 1. We will be leaving either Thursday night or Friday afternoon to drive over to St. Petersburg, which is about a 4 hour drive from our house.
Right now the surf temperature is really warm, so the event organizers think it WILL NOT be a wetsuit legal swim. An Olympic distance triathlon swim is 1.5 kilometers, which is almost 1 mile! I'm not sure if my husband and I are up for a swim that long, in Tampa Bay, without a wetsuit. Event organizers are giving newbie triathletes a chance to swim with their wetsuit even if it's not wetsuit legal. Anyone wanting to wear a wetsuit, can start the swim after the last official wave goes off at 9:10. We won't qualify for awards if we choose to wear out wetsuits, but we will be allowed to complete the event. We are doing a practice swim on Saturday morning, so I guess we will know by then if it will be wetsuit legal or not.
- Spring Training Triathlon
- Club Med Triathlon #2
- Photos of Club Med Triathlon #1
- Club Med Triathlon #1
Lynn Smythe AKA the Bike Diva