This was a foul weather triathlon to the extreme!
It was also a triathlon that re-enforced the fact that I made some pretty big mistakes this spring. My bike is not good enough! This past spring, I chose a marathon training plan that was too advanced, as in too much, of a build for only my second marathon. I went from a 500 mile running 2008 to a 500 mile running by the end of May 2009! Therefore I neglected the bike and it's showing. Obviously!
I really wanted to swim. The course had been shortened from a .9 mile swim to a .5 mile swim. My only other tri so far this year had been a .5 mile swim and I am confident that I have cut minutes off of that! But no dice! It will have to wait til next year as some incredible storms and lightening forced a cancel of the swim.
It was actually kind of fun waiting to see what we'll do and talking to people I normally would not have had the time to meet.
It was too difficult to change the tri into a true duathlon. There wasn't much of a run option except to have a 5 mile run then the bike then a 2nd five mile run. I would have totally gotten into that as a challenge but understandably that would have been a problem for many people. They weren't able to do it anyway as it would have really affected the police and volunteers, especially on the bike course.
So the swim was basically a run from the start into the water and out through the swim finish chute. Apparently, I really took my time as it took me a whole 40 seconds which placed me in 445th place. ;-)
You know there were times during the bike when I was like "this is so fun"! I mean how many opportunities do you get to ride your bike in the middle of normally busy roads during a storm and feel relatively safe from cars? But then there were other times when I was freaked. Large puddles that I can't see the bottom of! Turns when it's wet! My accident last year still having somewhat of an impact on my bike comfort! After the race I thought I had an 18.4 mph which was rather disappointing for me. It turns out that I had a 19.3 mph which is a lot closer to the 20 that I expected. If I race this next year, 22 average at least. I guarantee it.
Look how dark it was during some portions of the bike!
Another fun part of the bike was that I knew a good portion of the course as I was close to 3 houses of friends (from small group) at varying parts of the course. Somehow in my mind, knowing that I was close was kinda like having them there cheering, it boosted me!
The run was awesome in that I was able to run an 8:30 pace for the 5 miles after biking relatively hard (though not hard enough). There was a few times that it was tough for me but I just kept plugging away. My slowest time was from 4 to 4.5 miles I think. I did not wear my garmin. I'm trying to get away from wearing it on tri's shorter than olympic distance and go by feel instead. It's too much of a bother for short course to my way of thinking!
I felt pretty good about my race until I saw my age group ranking! 55/64 I expect more of myself than this but I also have to remember that Turtleman brings in some serious athletes. There were lots of hard bodies there and the competition was more than what I am use too. Next year, I plan on breaking 50%! I do have to remind myself that I have not tapered for my races the last 2 weeks and am nowhere near peaking!
Clock Time 1:51:36
Overall Place 373 / 486
Gender Place 285 / 349
Division Place 55 / 64
The big point of pride for me this past weekend is the fact that I was able to run 12+ miles the following day, Sunday. My marathon training plan called for a 14 mile run but I knew that I shouldn't expect that with racing just the day before. At the same time I wanted to try. So I did an out and back. Ended up running 10 miles with only 2 minute stops at mile 4 and 8 (planned). My heart rate wanted to stay high after that. Too high. It was quite hot and humid which us Minnesotans are not so use to this year. I then ran another mile, ended up at Lake Johanna and decided to hop in the water. I seemed to attract a bit of attention but I'm not sure why? I did keep my pants on when I was stripping everything else off!
After the awesome feeling of cold water, I ran one more mile to get home and then walked to cool down. So 12 miles run, about 2 miles walked.