Tri the Illini

dsc02078I’ve been eager to start the triathlon season, so last minute on Wednesday I registered for the Tri the Illini race in Champagne.  I left the house around 0530 to get to Champagne.  I picked up my packet and shirt.  I got my bib, chip, and body marking.  “30”  my first tri in a new age group!  I set up in transition.  The racks were numbered according to bib.  The transition area was long and narrow.  My spot was towards the  bike out,  a good spot.  After I was set up I went to look at the pool.  It was very nice.  What else would you expect at the U of I?  It was a nice 50 yard pool with wide lanes.  For the swim, you would swim down on lane, flip turn under the lane line, and then down the next lane.  I did a 200 for a warm up before the race started. 

dsc02079I was number 56, so I had a little time to wait.  They started everyone with 10 seconds in between.  I had a good swim, and passed 4 people in the pool.  Then you ran outside, up steps to the transition.  It was still cold out, but no time to waste with socks.  Helmet, glasses, shoes go.  I still remember how this goes.  The bike was a big loop.  Pretty flat.  I was moving fast until the turn at mile 5.  The headwind hit me, and slowed me down a bit.  I passed a few people on the bike, and was passed by a few fast guys. 

At T2 I had some trouble getting my Zoots on.  My feet were so cold, I couldn’t feel them.  I grabbed my race belt and took off.  I saw another girl that must have caught me in transition.  I quickly passed her on the run.  The run was nice because you ran through the Quad on campus.  There were people all around, coming out of classes.  I felt good on the run and did a 21:20 something for the run.  I only wore my Garmin on the run, so I had no idea how I finished. 

I wanted t stay for the awards, bu tit was only 0930 and I was done.  With the pool swim it takes a long time for everyone to finish.  They were not doing awards until Noon.  So after I changed and a banana, and bagel, the usual post race food.  I don’t know where the frat guys were with the kegs?  I drove back to Springfield. 

The race director sent out an email on Sunday with the results.  I got 3rd overall with a time of 1:04!  I was happy with my race and time.  For a race put on by a bunch of college kids, they did a great job!