Well, we did it! Team SOS after the race, sporting team shirts that Karen had made for us, and (by no accident) pictured in order of events: Ann (500-yard swim in 14:32), Vicki (14.3-mile bike in 1:07:41), Karen (3.1-mile run in 32:25) -- factor in transition times for a finish time of 1:56:11. Good enough for second-to-last place... or 9th.
They said that I should say "9th place" because it sounds better. Heh.
Karen ran her best time ever!!
I upped the pace by a hair and shaved 1:21 off of last year's bike time! It's a hilly course, so challenging for this flat farmland rider -- and there's a hill right off the bat with the added thrill of a headwind! I was having a couple of issues with regulating my breathing and a sudden headache -- I'm not used to the whole race aspect and you just get caught up in it all even though you know there's not a chance in hell of winning, nor do you even want to! It's weird and I stressed out a little. I should have taken better care of myself prior to the race, too. Things slowly improved along the way and by the mid-way mark I was perfectly fine.
Annie accidentally registered as an individual when she signed us up for the race, and was listed both as an individual and as a relay team member when the wave assignments were released a couple of days before the race -- which is when she decided that she'd do the whole triathlon! And she did GREAT -- finishing in 1:51:58. I am so proud of her!!
It smells of an annual event.