I’ve been super behind on all my June triathlons so far this year, and I’ve already completed THREE at this point…and really need to recap them, so here’s to getting ahead of that.
To kickoff the tri season, a few friends and I decided to head to Bass Lake for the Bass Lake Triathlon, near Yosemite Valley. I originally signed up for the Olympic distance, got nervous and backed off to a Sprint, and I’m so glad I did. It was a GORGEOUS but very hilly course, the most scenic I’ve ever done yet. It was a great trip, my first super far-away triathlon and there’s a lot to cover!
- The weather was perfect, it started cooler, ended in the 70s, with little to no wind, so it couldn’t have been easier to race in. The water temperature was originally going to be in the 50s but ended up in high 60s so it too was perfect.
- Overall, this course was intimidating because I drove through it earlier in the weekend and realized HOW much climbing we’d be doing and had a mini meltdown that I soon got over.
- SWIM: I guess the course changed directions from last year, so people were a bit confused. Since this wasn’t the largest race I’ve ever been to, our heat was quite small, which I love. You do have to start swimming in the boat launch, which made me feel a bit claustrophobic, and it turned out this swim was accidentally set to DOUBLE the distance, so we swam about .9 miles… I prefer swimming so if something else was shortened because of it, I’m happy.
- BIKE: It started off with a brutal climb, and then made me nervous because there were lots of climbs and then we’d be flying downhill at like 40 mph, and then only to climb again, I tried to distract myself because I thought we’d climb the WHOLE way back, with the scenery which worked well. We gained 1,000 feet in elevation, being from flatlands this sucked, so my average speed was only 14.5 mph.
- RUN: The run was welcomed after all that biking, it was a nice loop, with some hills and a surprise turn twist, but at least you relatively knew what to expect. The roads were tight and cars were on it sometimes, so not my favorite thing in the world, but I was so happy to be done.
- Always repping Ballou Skies with a t-shirt, needed my newer short compression socks, still obsessed with my Hokas and brought some Nuun with me to energize before & after the race.
- Time: 01:41:32 (slightly slower than average, due to my usual paces)
- Overall: 50
- Female: 18
- Female 25-29: 3 out of 18 (woo hoo! I placed!)
- Time Breakdown: SWIM 19:43 BIKE 52:27 RUN 25:01
- Since I technically already did Batavia & Bigfoot…. Onto IM 70.3 Racine in a few weeks, oh boy!