I put off writing this because honestly, I was bummed. So, let’s get that out of the way, shall we? I missed the podium by a minute, and I swam an extra 50, due to me not being 100% sure of my ability to count to 825 yards, and my counter being inattentive. That’s 40 seconds, right there. If I had that time back, I might have been able to bust my butt for an extra 10 seconds/mile on the run and snagged the spot. Bummer, right?
That aside, I’ve been nursing an injury. Since Deuces Wild Xterra, my volume dropped from 10 hours per week to about 4… including a full week where all I did was swim in a race at Superfrog.
So, forgetting about the first paragraph above, and focusing on the second, I had a GREAT race. Really, I did. It just took me a few days to get over myself.
The race was really exciting. I had quite a few friends and one coaching client who were competing in their first ever triathlon! I got to watch all of them swim. Tinfoilman goes in waves, from slowest to fastest in the pool. I was in wave 9, so I had all of the time in the world to hang out and spectate.
Started off great. I drafted the girl in the lane next to me for the first 300 or so until she pulled away. I focused on keeping my effort level high and steady. I was about 80% sure that I counted right, but when I didn’t see the lane counter’s signal to stop, I kept going. I am NOT awesome at counting and it wouldn’t surprise me to be off by a 50 or even 100. I didn’t have a watch on and I couldn’t see the clock – which is how I usually keep track. When I finally got out, I was pretty sure I swam an extra 50, but I decided to forget about it because there was nothing I could do.
Need to practice taking the swimskin off, but otherwise, it went well. I got a new aero helmet, and I need to remember to put it on before my sunglasses. I ran about as hard as I could in bike shoes and hit the mount line.
3 loops. I thought I’d hate it, but it was actually nice. It was fun to see my friends cheering for me 3 times on a 12 mile course! I went back and forth with a girl in an aero helmet riding a Cervelo P4. Darn right, my ego took over and I decided not to let her go. Stephanie (who went a 5:18 at Superfrog) went by me on the first loop, so I tried to stick with her for a bit – unsuccessfully, I might add. The course was great except one road – Euclid. It was terrible. It was also similar conditions to where I crashed my Fuji a few months ago. I tried to put those thoughts aside and just hammer up the terrible, bumpy, potholed road. I realized I was thirsty – and hungry! I brought no gels or food with me, so I settled for water. I was redlining and sort of felt like puking for the first two laps. I found a strong rhythm on the 3rd lap and almost wished the race was longer.
Quick dismount, quick ditching of the cycling gear. Sat down to put running shoes on because I could feel potential cramps building in my calves.
My lips and mouth were SO DRY! I just tried to focus on each person in front of me and pick them off one by one. I grabbed water at each opportunity. I could see Chrissy on the first lap, and I knew I was gaining on her. I didn’t even feel my knee the entire time. There were a bunch of spectators, which was cool, and I ran solo the entire time. I never really got lonely or felt like I was out there for a long time, which is a welcome change! I tried extra hard to run the tangents well. I was outsprinted by someone headed to the finish chute, but I couldn’t find the extra kick in the end.
Age Group Place: 4/23
Overall place: 60/320
11:42 (for an 875 instead of an 825. Oops)
37:18 (including T1 and T2 – computer had it at 35:XX. 12 miles)
25:04 (3 miles)
For the first time EVER – my bike split ranked better than my run and my swim. Sign of improvement? Sign that lots of swimmers and/or runners do this race for fun? Who knows.
Now, I’ll focus on building up my running again working 10mpw this week and next, then jumping to 15mpw if all seems right. I also did my first bike commute since monsoon season this morning – and I hope to do that 2x’s a week. I’m also getting ridiculously excited for Rev3 Florida in less than two weeks!!! I’ll be doing the swim leg of a relay, and I’m looking forward to just having a really fun weekend 🙂