I knocked slightly over 15 minutes off of last year's finish time and 17 minutes off of my finish time at Rochester.
I came in first in my age division (Athena 50 and over). Even though I'm only 49, LTF is a USAT Sanctioned event, so participants race in the age group category of their age on December 31st of the year.
This year, there were two of us in the 50+ group.
I finished first in my category 2 years ago (a field of 1); I finished 2nd last year (a field of 3); this year, 1st (field of 2), but I also landed in the middle of the whole Athena pack. Hurrah)
(Slight side note: There are a couple of reasons I sign up as an Athena at LTF.
1) We get in to the water early. My start time was 7:12 am. There are over 3,000 participants at this event and the number of waves and start times go on forever. I want to be in the water early to get things rolling.
2) The field is small. This year, the whole Athena group had 23 participants. Clydesdales had three waves totaling 66 participants.
I'm sure that the women's group is so much smaller because of the "stigma" of the weight category. (Women have to weigh 150 or more lbs; Men, over 200 lbs).
I believe the men could care less who knows that they weigh over 200 lbs. Women on the other hand, have been shamed about our weight for a long time. I'm guessing that women who could enter as an Athena won't or don't.
We could all debate the "fairness" of a weight category in endurance events (pounds stretched over a very tall, very fit frame is not the same as pounds stretched over a "regular" frame; or in some cases, like mine last year and this year, pounds very close to the minimum requirements versus many pounds over the minimum), but I'm not up to that today.
Today I'm just reporting results for ME (because it is all about ME today...) (wink wink)
Swim 1.5K: 40:13 (over 10 minutes better than last year)
T1: 5:18 (includes ripping off wet suit and taking a potty break)
Bike 40K: 1:28:17 (over 7 minutes better than last year)
T2: 3:01 (it was a LONG way to from my bike to the RUN OUT spot...)
Run 10K: 1:08:12 (slightly 3 minute MORE than last year).
Total time: 3:25:02 Last year finish time: 3:40:09
Hubby and Sabrina came to the event to cheer me on. It was great to have them there. I'll have some pictures to post tomorrow or Monday.