October 28, 2019 - Yesterday was fun even though I didn’t have the completion time I thought I would. Just a few details. First of all I wasn’t going all out in this one as I still have a full Ironman to complete next month and I am in a training block anyway so this one was more like race training experience. Secondly, it was a cold morning and I just don’t like cold.
Yesterday was fun even though I didn’t have the completion time I thought I would. Just a few details. First of all I wasn’t going all out in this one as I still have a full Ironman to complete next month and I am in a training block anyway so this one was more like race training experience. Secondly, it was a cold morning and I just don’t like cold.
Swim- water was cold and took a while for me to warm up. I started slow on purpose to allow my body to acclimate without jacking up my HR suddenly. Secondly, it seems as though the swim was long anywhere from 250 to 400 m based on other athletes feedback. I’d say it was as that could have put my swim time back to what I expected. This put my swim time slower than I would expect. However for all the hype about fast current for this swim, there was almost zero current this morning.
T1: that’s a long run from swim exit to T1...about .35 miles on my watch. Then with just getting out of really cold water I took time to dry off good and put on warm riding clothes. Arm warmers which were actually toe cut open tube socks. Cheap Jersey sweat jackets that I cut the sleeves out of. Gloves and a pair of socks. I also just put on my cycling shoes at the bike instead of putting them on my bike to speed up the transition. I didn’t want wet feet by having to run to bike exit on wet sloppy grass.
Bike: bike was fun but cold to me for about the first 40 miles (I dropped the jacket and arm warmers at an aid station at about 40 miles and once the temp had reached 60F. The bike was very windy (head wind and side wind guts) on most of the bike. That definitely slowed me down some and caused me to ride a higher avg watts than I would have liked...and the roads were really rough this year as well. Lots of terrible cracks in the pavement. Still my bike was only about 8 minutes off expectation and still under 3hrs.
T2: wasn’t a bad transition. I did change socks again as my socks were wet from running back through transition to rack my bike. I ran off from my transition spot without my energy pills and chews and left my run water bottle as well. Just flat forgot it. And I had to hit the Porto John to pee before exit.
Run: legs/calves were tight for the first 2 miles and had to work to get them working. Took some salt and a Base Gel packet right off and by the end of mile 2 I seemed to be getting into run form just about the time I hit the Waco Mountains ??. I didn’t push those as I didn’t want to stiffen the legs back up. Once I got through those my run form and pace picked up to a nice comfortable pace and I settled in holding back from pushing past a race pace. The second loop went much quicker and better but I could tell I was missing my energy supplements. I pushed on through but for some reason I just ran out of steam at mile 12.1 and it really slowed me down from there to the finish line. Usually we all find a reserve tank at the finishing mile but I knew it wasn’t a PR so I just sat back and enjoyed the jog to the finish line honoring High Fives from all the kids. I hope that provides a positive influence for the next generation of triathletes!
Time was way off my 70.3 PR but my run was faster on this course than last year. Still it was one of my faster 70.3 races on my long list and I know many would say they would be happy with a 6:15 and I am just fine with my finish. I do race a lot and just the simple fact I was crossing another finish line was a joy!
I had a lot of fun. It was good training race experience for cold water and wind going into my next full IM in AZ next month. Loved seeing all the Team Endurance Multisport Club teammates racing and the cheering crowds were awesome. Till next time, I will keep on Tri’ing!!!