Race Report from Destin
Last weekend at this time, I was enjoying a day on the beach in sunny Destin, FL… trying out sea kayaking, paddleboarding, and playing with the family while looking at the most beautiful ocean within driving distance! Oh, and I was rocking the title of Overall Female Winner of the Destin Triathlon at Seascape! I really am still amazed by this. I know its a beginner friendly triathlon, but I saw some serious looking athletes and time trial bikes in transition, and I thought maybe I would get an age group podium spot. First overall is a great feeling, and really only 23 men beat my time out of a field of 370+ athletes! Super excited that my fitness is still holding up, in spite of the fact that I have not spent much time swimming and my most intense biking has been teaching spin class!
The race itself was a well organized event, with the folks from multisport.com using the Seascape venue wonderfully. This was my first ocean swim, and I was nervous about the water temperature. It was a moot point, though, once I got going. As I ran in the water, I felt only butterflies in my belly, not the fact that the water was only slightly chilly. Quickly I warmed up, but not before taking in a big mouthful of saltwater! Lesson One: remember that even in the most calm ocean water, there are still swells and waves, and you must lift the head more than in the pool!! I felt great swimming, although slightly nervous. I was happy to see the buoys, and I found my way around them without being knocked off course by any currents. Swim success! I ran across the long sandy beach up towards transition and was pleased to see some red swim caps, meaning I had bridged the 3 min. gap to some of the athletes in the first wave! On the bike, I was much more comfortable and relaxed, as is usually the case! I passed a few folks, but also had a few men blow by me on tri bikes. I also passed a few tri bikes myself, and was happy when I rolled into T2 that no women had passed me on the bike. Heading out for the run, my legs felt surprisingly good, thanks in part to the short, flat bike course. The run was an out and back, and as I ran along, I had a guy run up and congratulate me on my time, and suggest I might be first female. I thought, no way, but as I continued, I noticed no women on the turn around. Finally, I spotted the leaders, and they weren’t that far ahead. I managed to pass two women who had started in the first wave, and then saw the finish line ahead. My Dad and Todd were right there cheering for me, and it was a great feeling to know I had done well. My official time was 57:56 which I’m very pleased with, especially considering the major knot that formed in my right calf during the run! After the race, a great food truck was serving free hot sandwiches, there was gumbo, water, and a pool to hang out at while waiting on awards. Top notch organization!!
This race was very beginner friendly, and is in such a beautiful setting…I highly recommend spending the weekend at Seascape and taking in all it has to offer…beaches, golf, tennis, plenty of walking/jogging paths, and of course, seafood! Its a great location for the family. My kids and parents both enjoyed kayaking and stand up paddleboarding, which you can rent right on the beach in front of Seascape. I am now committed to finding a YOLO board to use on the lake at Oak Mountain!! Maybe I could rent them out????? Anyhow, I absolutely recommend the Destin Triathlon and really hope I can get back again next year!