I competed in the 2007 Mudwater Triathlon on July 28. It is a sprint distance tri 750m swim, 20K bike, 5K run at Lake Afton, which is about 20 miles southwest of Wichita, Kansas. I haven't raced since June 3, so was anxious to get into it.
I woke about 4:40 to be on the road by 5:15 for the approximate 2 hour drive to the race. Coffee and cereal bars. Nothing else remarkable about the drive. I arrived plenty early, checked in, set up my transition area and decided to run the 5K course for a warmup. The body marking lady was not amused trying to mark my arms and legs after my warm up run. Permanent marker isn't too permanent on sweaty skin. Swim:
It was a mass start for the swim, so there was kicking, punching, colliding, etc.
My goggle strap was too low on the right side of my head which caused my right eye to keep leaking. I tried to swim one-eyed, but that was too distracting. Finally about 150m in to the race, I figured out that I needed to adjust the strap and then I was able to swim much better. Still, I think my swim was pretty weak, which is typical. They missed the split, but I'm gonna say it was in the 13:30-14:00 range. T-1:
Probably 1:00 - 1:30 or so. Not very fast for putting feet into shoes, closing velcro, throwing on a helmet and sunglasses. Bike:
The bike course was a little weave through the park to the road and then an out (south) and back (north) on rolling hills. I started passing people about 100m in and was still passing them about 100m from the end. Dozens got a look at my backside as I went by them. There were two guys I played a little cat and mouse with, but my mile 11 I dropped them too. My 32:31 bike split works out to about 22.7 mph, which delights me to no end. Third fastest recorded bike split in the race, although they missed a couple of those on the results which they had posted. T-2:
Again, not very fast for changing shoes and taking off a bike helmet. I'd estimate 1:00 or so. Run:
I really expected to tear it up on the run, not the bike. I passed five or six other triathletes during the run with solid, but not spectacular splits of 6:35, 6:44, 6:26 and :58 for what measured out as 3.15 miles. 20:43 was somewhat disappointing, since I went sub 40 in the 10K at an Olympic distance tri in June. But the mile 3 split did reflect that I wasn't running out of gas yet.
My official finish time was 1:10:46, which was good for tenth place overall and
first place in the 45-49 age group. The race was well organized and easy to navigate. The packet included a Mizuno technical shirt and I got a nice plaque for winning my age group.