Jamestown Olympic Triathlon Report
The Jamestown Olympic distance course is flat, fast and fun in historic Williamsburg. The day delivered beautiful race conditions and an exciting competitive field. I’m discovering that I truly enjoy these Set Up Events series races because they are so well run.
Nick helped me set up, zipped up my suit & saw me through the day as my amazing support crew.
We swam in 75 degree brackish water which had barely any current or chop this year. I started near the front in the water and went off hard with a group. Our wave had an aqua mosh pit for a few yards with elbows and bodies grappling for space but I drafted off this fast little pack until I couldn’t hold on anymore. I was then swimming solo after a few hundred yards and navigated through the red caps from the wave ahead.
I was finally holding the intensity my coach, Michael Harlow has been telling me to do throughout the swim. I let up a little bit on the effort when swimming to shore as the glare made sighting a challenge. Swimming hard in the wrong direction doesn’t work out well for me (ahem FL 70.3 flashback). I followed the other swim caps to the shore and exited the water 16th woman, 3rd AG and 25:38 right on track and placing much higher in the swim than my past few Olympics.
My wetsuit slid off without a hitch and I booked it up the long grassy stretch to T1. Seriously, this
seemed to be about a quarter mile run. (See photo).
This was my first ride with my new Rolf disc wheel which I loved. It’s light and fast. I grabbed my bike gasping for air after the long T run. Once on my bike with my feet in my shoes I began to hammer out a nice consistent wattage. I decided not to use a bento box for gels since my Coeur kit has deep, plentiful pockets so that made my bike setup even more aero. : )
My friend Rachel flew past a few miles in and I found Teammate Lacie along the course too. The route was easy with stress free smooth flat terrain. My only negative experience was that I did wind up calling out a guy for drafting off one of my fellow competitors in the 30-34 F AG. I encouraged her, “don’t let that boy draft you” and we women had a fun time racing fair. He was clinging to her wheel shamelessly then played leap frog but wouldn’t admit it of course. I also spotted a few small draft groups. It’s really aggravating to see things like this, but I know I need to just deal with each situation as they come up. I let it rile me up on the race a few times which isn’t good for my own race. Otherwise, My HR and wattage were right on track and I found the course simple and fun with only one slight hill on the bridge.
1:03 bike, 2nd AG and 4th OA woman.
Run: The run had a mix of sunny paved trails and portions under the shade of trees over crushed rock/dirt. After pushing so ( appropriately) hard on the bike I was still able to hit my target run pace and put out a nice 44:48 10k. Seeing my friend Bernie in the last mile helped give me that final boost it the finish.
I wound up 6th woman and 1st AG. The awards were very cool monocle glasses in a wooden box.
After the awards, Bernie cooked an amazing recovery lunch at her home for a few of us athletes to enjoy as we shared race day adventure tales.
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