And just like that my “A” race and goal for this summer is done and in the book! I can officially say that I have completed an Olympic distance triathlon… and had fun the entire time. It was truly a race where a smile was on my face (sometimes only mentally) the entire race.
The Race was the Inter-Rocken Olympic Distance Triathlon in Interlochen, Michigan presented by 3Disciplines.
I knew going into the event that no matter what the outcome of the race was at minimum it would be on a beautiful course, and boy did northern Michigan did not disappoint! We were blessed with temps on the cooler side and medium humidity with eventually some great sunshine and many shaded areas throughout the course. My dad also competed, but was racing a sprint distance. now time for the recap. If you would like to see a video showing the distance covered via the app “Relive” follow the link below!
When I was listening to the announcer explain the course while a jet-ski drove through the course and could only think “Man that jet-ski just keeps on going and going..” but I put that though behind me and told my self to F** It and lets do it. The wave was very small which was nice since it reduced the amount of thrashing in the water at the beginning. The water was as calm as a glass and all the buoys were able to be seen! Now it was just a matter of executing it. I kept my swim pace at the “chug a chug” pace, or where it was just one are after another. Due to actually having a warm up (unlike the previous sprint race) I felt much more comfortable in the water. Then it was up the long carpeted path to transition.
Coming out of transition I was feeling much better than I was expecting, but knew I had to save that energy. The bike course was pretty much flat as a pancake with the occasional bump, but there was a strong headwind going out on this out and back bike course. With being near the end of the olympic pack out of the swim I was surrounded by a lot of fast sprint athletes. This made it weird when at the sprint turnaround and I was the only one continuing on straight. At first the volunteer looked at me weird and I just told her I was olympic distance and her confusion settled. Overall I felt pretty good on the bike. I had timed out to take 2 gels on the bike and they proved to do pretty well. A couple mile stretch on the course was a bumpy recently repaved road. I think by the end of this section I could of had a bowel movement due to all of the vibrations (sorry for the TMI). I was riding around 2 women for the majority of the ride back after the turnaround and you could hear a sigh of relief from all of us once back on the smooth pavement. But considering I was able to hold 17.7 mph (when my anticipated was 16 mph or so) I couldn’t be happier with it.
Coming off the bike I didn’t feel as bad as what I was expecting. Must of been the gels working, but I was actually able to run and maintain a pretty good cadence and form. part of the run took athletes through the campground which was very cool since many people are cheering you on (and the smell of bacon wafting through the air). The run then went to a dirt path the majority of the race that was very shaded (THANK GOD! ) except for around the 3 mile mark the course opened up to a state highway that was in the direct sunlight and was headed for a huge hill ! The run up was a bit brutal but I could see an aid station near the top… hence the word “near ” the top. there was still about 100 ft to travel before turning around. It felt a little anti-climatic because I was expecting to take my drink and run down the hill. But once that occurred I was blessed with a great breeze and gravity! My strategy for the run was to look at cadence and keeping my strides short. This helped me maintain my form all the way to the finish line and stay strong.
This resulted in a finish time of 3:16:23, and a 2nd place AG finish (the AG medals where old records). My Dad took 3rd place in his AG
Looking back at the race I had completed all of my goals that I set for myself,
- Not finish last in each discipline
- Just finish
- Have fun and smile
The event was so well-organized that i was surprised. There were so many volunteers and fencing that it was almost impossible to not know where the course goes. 3Disciplines you definitely put on great events and will definitely be back, whether it is for another year of the Inter-Rockin or even some other of the races they offer!
Also appreciated the fresh hot waffles as the post race treat! Yum 🙂
Thanks for reading!