A Typical 35-39 Year Old Female Triathlete
I’ve found the fountain of youth and apparently it’s somewhere in the Female 35-39 age group! I don’t know what these bitches are eating and drinking, but apparently it’s working because they are unstoppable!
Y’all–it was the race of a lifetime for me that resulted in an almost 7:00min+ PR from last year…in a Sprint Distance Race! You know how hard it is to find 7 extra minutes in a short course race? Pretty freaking hard, especially when you recall last year’s effort as one of your strongest ever. I even reviewed my times last night from 2007 and thought, “Damn, that was pretty solid. If I can just match that this year, I’ll be happy.”
Here’s how it played out in a quick recap:
2007: 21:31 (2:09/100 pace)
2008: 18:15 (1:50/100 pace)!!! I’m no longer last out of the water!!
23 mile Bike
2007: 1:12:36 (19.0 mph avg)
2008: 1:10:16 (19.6 mph avg)
4.4 mile Run
2007: 32:08 (7:18 pace)
2008: 31:30 (7:10 pace)
2007: 2:08:55 (good enough for 2nd in my 30-34 age group last year)
2008: 2:02:15 (good enough for 5th in my 35-39 age group this year and 11th overall female!)
Cardio-wise I felt freaking awesome! Of course, I was huffing and puffing on some of the hills, but I was still passing people. I’m a little concerned about my legs as they are the things that seem to fatigue quickly on the bike when I’m pushing the heavy gears and the big chain ring. I’ve got to seek some explanation on why my large leg muscles (IT, quads and hamstrings) seem to fill up with lactic acid pretty quickly and render themselves useless. Am I not stretching enough? (who does?) Am I not recovering enough with enough protein? Am I not getting enough rest? (don’t answer that…)
That being said, I’m so freaking happy with my results this year even though I’ve clearly entered the Wonder Woman Age Group. Of the Top 10 overall females, 4 of them were in my new age group! You know what that means? Yours truly was 11th overall and 5th amongst the badasses.
Ladies in the 35-39 Age Group: Don’t you have somewhere else to be?? Don’t you have to attend your kid’s soccer games? Church? Bunko? ANYTHING?? Do you ALL have to be out here on race day smokin’ the field and making this youngin’ in your age group suffer? Give me a couple of years ladies. I promise to provide you with a little more competitive action so that you don’t get complacent. Until then, I will idolize you.
The newbie 35-39 year old