Rocking The W on Home Turf- Sacramento International Triathlon

For a more extensive race report experience check out my husbands blog post: Sacramento International Triathlon- The “Official” Race Report

It was about 42 days post Ironman Texas and Ken and I were ready to get back to racing. I remember chatting with Marni post Ironman and she suggested that a month or so post Ironman would be a good timing to do a shorter distance race. So last week was perfect timing to jump on a local Olympic distance race, Sacramento International Triathlon. I was excited to be able to Rock The W and represent locally.

We got to the race without a hitch. Got checked in, race wheels on, transition set up, sipped on PowerBar Perform, wet suit on, and I was ready. One Power Gel Tangerine 2x caffeine down the hatch and it time to head to the swim start.

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Racing at Discovery Park is a great venue with the greatest challenge being swimming in the American River (AR). AR has a strong current that we would be swimming against for the out and then down stream for the turn around.  I started off somewhat conservative because I knew that swimming against current was going to take some energy. I liken the current to a treadmill in the water, going nowhere fast. However, I kept my head and my mantra “strong and steady.”  I exited in time of 36:44. This was 6 minute slower than my norm and closer to my 1.2 swim split. Ken had a similar issue with his swim split. No worries. When I got to transition there were plenty of bikes.

The bike was 4 laps for a total of 40k with closed roads and great volunteers guiding directions, but no aid stations. Thank goodness I had my Speedfil with 40 oz of PowerBar Perform mix. It was just right for the 4 laps and staying hydrated in 100+ degree temps. It was great to see Ken flying by and lapping me. He looked strong! I got off the bike in 1:10. Quick change and I was off.

The run is a flat out and back along the American River bike path. There were aid stations every mile. I took in water and electrolyte drink every mile. I saw Ken coming back as I was running out and he yelled “Good job sweetie, you’re fourth woman!” I kept my pace and caught up to two other females before the turn around. I had one Power Gel soon after the turn around, but what really gave me an energy boost was seeing all the Team Triumph  (http://www.myteamtriumph-ca.org/) racers on the course.  I gave as many high gives and props as I could as I ran by. I felt pretty solid the on run given that it was hitting 100 degrees out. I kicked it in and finished as 2nd overall woman (2nd fastest women’s 10k split, 43: 57) and 1st place age group 30-34. Ken finished 2nd in his age group with a smoking performance.

Overall, it was a great way to represent our Wattie Ink team, our team amazing sponsors, get back into racing,  and nice that it was only a 15-minute drive home to recovery:)

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Dr. Gloria Petruzzelli

Dr. Petruzzelli is sport and performance psychologist and mindfulness meditation teacher located in Sacramento, California and works with elite sport teams and athletes across the country. She is competitive athlete herself and enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family and traveling.

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