Right after I finished my race, I spent 8 hours in the car to go camping in an area so far upstate NY I didn’t have cell service. I didn’t even realize there were still places like that. It was amazing. Really this post should have been written a week ago but with my lack of internet or interest in doing anything resembling work on that trip, it just didn’t happen. I was so impressed with the YWCA Ladies Y-Tri though, I had to make sure this post got written.
Although many of my more pressing questions were answered before race day such as the underwear conundrum (no), and if I could bring a small cooler (yes), there were still a lot of unknowns swimming around in my head as I unloaded my bike. Questions like, where exactly is my transition space, and, how many times will I have to pee and how long will it take me to get out of my tri-suit to do so? (Once, and longer than it should have). Luckily volunteers were all over directing participants, and other ladies setting up offered advice. First up was marking which turns out, was done by sharpie.
As soon as I was marked I felt super badass and the feeling pretty much continued right through the end of the race. What I couldn’t get over the whole race was how freaking nice people were. In general people are kind at races. But I’ve never seen it at such a level as I did here. Riders offered each other encouragement as they passed (and on the bike, I was definitely passed a few times). But it got even more serious on the run (where I picked off quite a few of those riders who passed me on the bike). Kindness was oozing out of people like sweat.
I crossed the finish line with a really stupid grin on my face and knew I would definitely do this race again. It wasn’t until I was halfway to NY that I got a text from a friend telling me I’d gotten 3rd place in my age group. I nearly peed my pants, but realizing I still had hours to go in a very small car, managed to contain my excitement to some squealing. (Did you like how I did that? Totally made it seem like it was just part of the story when really I was sneaking in some serious bragging.)
The organization, amazing volunteers, comradery of racers, race tank (!), and swag, all made this a really great race that I would recommend to any first timer like me.