Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
This was my first Boilerman, an Olympic distance event (1500m/40k/10k). I didn’t know it existed, as I have done the Powerman duathlon the past two years. Though I am disappointed that event was not offered, I don’t miss the cruel conditions it offered the previous two years. Especially the first one. You can read about them HERE-2010 and HERE-2011.
Anyway, back to Boilerman. I was beginning to have reservations as I considered the weather potential: last day of September, cold and rain that week, wind. The thought of swimming in whitecaps, combined with being soaking wet and nearly naked on the bike with sub-50 degrees and high winds, and maybe rain. Oh wait, that was Powerman 2010, without the swim.
Anyway, the weather was sunny and cold in the morning, but it warmed up to a near perfect temperature. The wind picked up, gusting pretty hard on the northbound legs on the bike, but overall, was a great day. Check in was easy. I got my stuff, though I was disappointed they ran out of swim caps. How does that happen? X entrants=X caps. I thought Purdue focused on math and engineering… There were large contingents represented from Purdue, Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Wabash, and others I cannot recall.
The Swim 25:03 1:31/100m pace (NOT)
The swim was interesting. I hadn’t trained for a swim. At all. I did swim 1000m a few days before, just to swing my arms and see if my pace was what I predicted. It was. The swim was three waves, separated by three minutes. Wave one was collegiate, wave 2 was AG 39 and under, wave 3 was AG 40+.
The swim was a little weedy at the start. I had long strings of “seaweed” caught on my arms, which made me laugh. I tried to pick a line that kept me clear of carnage, yet I was steamrolled a bunch of times. I was glad my goggles were tinted, since the sun was in my eyes for the first third of the swim. I had done everything I could to ensure my wetsuit was pulled up high enough to keep it from pulling me into a curl. It seemed to work. But I didn’t get “warmed up” until probably halfway. And my head was cold until then too. It was hard for me to sight where the buoys were; I just tried to follow people. My attempts to draft were fruitless as well, since my speed was not fast enough. Any eight year old girl can beat me in a short distance. But I can go a long distance, albeit slow. Funny thing about open water swims like this: it takes me a long while to get comfortable and in a groove. During the first five minutes, drowning is a thought. Odd. I can swim just fine (but not fast – technique stinks), and tread water for hours. Why does getting beat up during a swim affect me this way??
The rest of the swim was uneventful, though there was a person who kept hitting and crowding me for quite some time, even though there was plenty of room around us. It was making me mad. I exited the swim and had a long run (300m?) to T1. My observation about the swim course is that it had to be short. Very short, given my time. The entry point didn’t agree with what was shown online, so maybe that was it. But there is no doubt in my mind that it was no 1500m. My estimate was 1100m. My 25 minute swim should have been 33 minutes.
No issues here, except the grass had been cut and I had tons of grass stuck to my feet.
The Bike 1:09:32 21.5 MPH
The bike started odd. I was sleepy for the first ten minutes. Huh? I was passing people most of the race, though near the end I was passed by two people. My back started to hurt a bit, which hadn’t happened on any other ride. The only change was my new shoes. The ride was a bit windy, and for about ½ of it, on roads I have ridden before. It was very windy towards the end; strong winds came from the north and made me fight for 16mph. I stayed at a comfortable pace – maybe too comfortable, for most of the ride. I should have been faster.
The Run 46:01 (7:24)
I started the run feeling good, and quickly got into a groove. I wasn’t quite in the pain cave, but I was in zone 4 for sure. The first 4 miles were through a neighborhood, and though I was passed by two people, they were going pretty fast. I was running in the 6:30-7:00/mi pace for some time, only slowing because I wasn’t paying attention. A guy caught up to me and we spoke briefly. He asked what my age group was and I told him. He said “Shit, me too. I can’t sustain this pace.” We fist bumped and said good luck. I then left him. As I hit the last section around the lake, it really slowed me down. For the last 1.75 miles around lake; ½ of that was lumpy field grass. I ran okay, but the grass run slowed me down. My pace was 8min/mi; on the pavement below7 min. The grass was ankle busting for me, but probably carpet for a trail runner. I picked up the pace on the hard pack, and passed a few people in the last 200m. I had to look back a few times to ensure nobody was going to sprint by me. As I exited the finish chute and turned in my timing chip, the guy I had passed finished. He had closed a rather large lead I had on him by not slowing down in the grass.
The Finish 2:24:07 5/14 AG 78/243 overall
Overall, I think I did okay, especially since I hadn’t trained for it. I was disappointed that the swim was short, because I wanted to have another benchmark in the deck. This clearly is not a 2:24 Oly tri for me. The post-race food was clearly for the youngsters. There were dozens of pizzas, bagels, and fruit. I looked for the results and found I was not getting on the podium. I packed up my stuff and rode the 1.5 mi back to my car.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The Swim watch 11:09, official results 12:13
This was a time trial start, with people lined up based on what they reported their swim pace to be, It never ceases to amaze me how people either don’t have a clue about their pace, or don’t think about a pace they can actually sustain for the course. As I entered the pool area, about twenty minutes into the race, I already saw people doing the backstroke, pseudo sidestroke, and dog paddle, before reaching 150 meters. Holy crap, way to think it through. Somewhere around the 370m mark I saw a person in the next lane walking. Yes walking. Anyway, the swim was uneventful, if not slow. I swam at the pace I expected; I hit my watch entering the pool, and split at the exit, so I was close to my 2:10/100m projection. I should be faster, though not by much, as I have not been swimming much. But I was satisfied with this. I passed people the whole time, with only a few areas of congestion for me to break through.
T1 2:15, official results 1:47
I was slower than I should have been, as I was putting on socks. Additionally, I was late arriving, and had a lousy position in the corral – it was first come, first serve, not line up by race number.
The Bike watch 27:59 22.3 mph, official results 28:25
Uneventful, though I should have been faster. Couldn’t generate the power I wanted, though I was passing people the entire time. At one point in the first loop, a guy pulled in front of me and slowed down – to 10mph! I yelled at him, “Hey, can I get by you please!” He moved over. I didn’t want to get a penalty for passing on the right or crossing the center line (there were cones at this point). The road was smooth, and people were very courteous when they heard “On your left!”; well, except for the one guy.
T2 watch 1:14, official results 1:08
Used my new Zoot TT5.0 shoes. Had a little trouble getting my left foot in. I should have been 20 seconds faster here.
The Run watch 20:50, official results 20:50
The first mile is mostly uphill, and as I got a cadence, things settled just a bit. I was passing people the whole time, and as I approached the halfway point, spotted a guy to catch. He was going about the same pace it seemed, and I had a rabbit. I caught him at mile 2 and as I passed, he started dropping. I called to him to hang on to me, which he did until the last 300 meters or so. Entering the school parking lot, I saw another group of people to pass, which I did, and kept the pace to make sure nobody burned me in the last 50m. Overall my run felt great, as I ran a pace I might have run on fresh legs. Yes, I know, my legs shouldn’t have been too spent after a 10mi effort, but I found a decent breathing/pain threshold that I could sustain. Had I upped the pain (a bunch), I am pretty sure I could have gone sub-20 on the 5k.
1 mi 7:39
1 mi 6:09
1.1 mi 7:02
Final watch 1:03:25, official results: 1:04:23
Monday, September 10, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
I ran the duathlon, as I was "defending my title", having been overall winner last year. My expectations were low, as I had not only failed to do any speed work, I had a brutal workout just two days prior. My legs were so smoked, it hurt to lay on my back, front, and sides; good thing too, had there been pain in any other position, it might have kept me awake. Sitting hurt too. The only pre-race actions that could have been worse would have been to pound tequila the night before, and have BBQ pork for breakfast.
We lined up, and there were many more people than last year. And a couple of really fast-looking and young people up front... I lined up and got ready for the start. My legs were very tight, and though I had tried to loosen and stretch with a short, short run, it didn't help.
- Run #1 2mi 13:50 (6)
The run starts uphill for about 400m. As I went up the hill, I realized two things: 1) I couldn't feel my legs. It was like they were not there, or not mine. Damn workout. 2) the people ahead of me were flying. I finished okay, though I should have been faster. Splits were 6:50 and 7:00. The guys up front ran 10:50, 10:54.
- T1 1:14
- Bike 10mi 29:43 20.2mph (8)
Bike was uneventful, except it felt like my brakes were on the whole time. In fact the rear was... There was a wheel alignment issue which had one shoe rubbing the whole time.
- T2 1:40 (18)
- Run #2 3mi 22:11 (7)
I hit it hard, though my mental pain meter was soft. Looking at my splits, my second mile I was a pansy, as the road was flat. A woman passed me just before the last mile, and I sped up to hang with her. Splits: 7:30, 8:00, 6:42. Huge variation.
- Finish 1:08:39 (6) 1st in AG
Though I didn't defend my title, I won my age group, and was 6th overall. My time was better than last year as well. If I would have had better legs, I think I could have had 3rd overall, but no better. The guys up front were really fast runners.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Not much to report, as I waited too long to make notes. But I must say Muncie Multisport puts on a nice race. The prizes were good, and there was a sweet bike raffle. Food and consideration for family that was there to watch was really good.
- Swim 9:09 2:30/100 400yd
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
This is a very late race report, which I "wrote" (made notes) right after, but just have not had time to write about.
• Hot 95
• Worked in yard night before and all day before 4 pm race
• Beer at finish
• Course was good
• COLD water at aid stations was welcome
• Good prizes raffled at finish
- Swim 6:59 350yd 2:11/100
• Right on planned target
• Passed a few people
• Saw worst swim stroke ever
- T1 2:04
- Bike 34:25 11mi 19.2mph
• Not a bad two-loop course
• Excellent traffic control combined with closed roads
- T2 0:49
- Run 27;45 5k 8:58pace
• Meltdown: mind and legs not willing. Sheesh, it’s only a 5k
• Finish line 200yds from last turn was excellent location
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This is a very late race report, which I "wrote" (made notes) right after, but just have not had time to write about.
• Expo decent
• Volunteers super
• Very well organized and professional
• Long walk from T1 to start
• Transition in covered parking was nice, but crowded (row-to-row)
• Photos not done by external group, so many kinks to work out as they develop this process. Like, two weeks + to post some of them, longer for the rest, and low quantity of photos available. Quality was decent (the reason for bringing back in-house). Never got promised finish line photo (months later received a link, but not searchable. I never found mine).
• Morning meal not planned well – bought oatmeal (dry) at Starbucks (in hotel) prior afternoon. Simply didn’t think about meals.
• Neither the Starbucks in hotel, or any other nearby coffee shop location open early on race morning. Hundreds of people who would get coffee, yet no place opened early for the event. A coffee stand could have made a killing.
• Street fair night before. Had to drink beer.
• Never enough portolets – got in line near start. Had to go in barefoot (yuk). But it could have been way worse. Later found lines all gone 10min prior to Oly start.
- Swim 32:21 .9mi (2:14/100)
• I was drowning for the first 200m
• Water was cold at first, but temp was perfect with Xterra farmer john
• Wetsuit was first real swim; I swam 500 in pool, but I found I had not pulled it up high enough in the race, which pulled my shoulders down making me bend in the water. Back started to hurt. And it is harder to breathe in the suit.
• Don’t know what I was thinking: I knew swim was 1500m/.9 mi, but somehow I estimated time for 900m… Stupid
• Had suit been adjusted better, I could have comfortably maintained pace for 2.4mi. Why this distance??? Hmmm.
- T1 6:20
• LONG run from swim finish to T1. My guess is 500m.
- Ride 1:22:10 40k
• Highway portions interesting, especially with open traffic and merge lane
- T2 2:01
- Run 55:57 10k
• Hot, but shaded for a good portion of it
• Bagged water was really nice – could carry it and drink what I should, vs. ½ cups and dehydration
• 1st 3mi 7:51 pace, 2nd brutal; my brain was cooking.
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Boston Athletic Association, the marathon organizer, allowed competitors to opt out of the race because of the heat and defer until next year. About 16 percent (or 4,290 runners) decided against competing, the BAA said. Race organizers recommended late last week that "only the fittest runners should consider participating" in the 26.2-mile course, and, in only the second time since the event began, gave registrants the opportunity to defer participation until 2013. The other time was in 2010, when several hundred European runners could not make the trip because of air travel delays caused by the erupting volcano in Iceland.
Okay, so heat is a major concern, especially if one has not trained in the heat, and since it is April, presumably many people are not trained well for heat, though it has been pretty warm since February. But this now impacts ME. How, might one say? Because I qualified for the 2012 Boston Marathon, but could not get in due to the new (and quite fair) roll down process that allowed faster qualifiers first dibs on the limited number of race slots. Based on the roll down for 2012, it looked like I could perhaps still get in for 2013, provided I run about a 3:22 or 3:23, or maybe even closer to the 3:25:00 max time for 45-49 age group. But now there are 4,290 runners already taking 2013 race slots, effectively reducing the slots available for bladerunners (those at the high end of qualifying times). Bollocks! I would bet money the folks who deferred were locals who didn't have to worry about plane ticket and hotel expenses lost at the last minute. Had I gotten a slot, I'd have run no matter what. I wouldn't have worried about finishing time, as I just want to go to the show, get photos and stuff, and knock it off the bucket list.
I guess I better run 3:20 or faster...
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This makes for a tough month, which wouldn't be bad if it was September (and I had a solid training base). But this winter has been my worst ever, as I have been lucky to run one day per week. I am so not ready. my current fitness is the worst it has been in years. I have to really kick it in now, and smartly. There will be suffering...
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Oh well. I set my bike up in my office, as the garage thing wasn't working out this winter season. Plus, the added pressure may shame me into doing better in 2012. It does not quite compare...
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The expo was okay, though clearly not on the scale I saw at Big Sur, which was worth visiting every day for the good stuff that was free. The Flying Pig was also decent. But I really don't care much about the expo anyway. Check-in was a breeze, and I was quickly on my way to see what interesting stuff was around. I did see running legend Bill Rodgers at one of the tables, and picked up some shot blocks at the Runner's Forum "booth" which saved me a stop on my way home.
I ate well during the week, and had a decent night's sleep. I awoke and had my normal pre-race meal: oatmeal, bagel, peanut butter, and coffee. I arrived at the venue an hour before the start, and hung out at the Westin. I liked that there were corrals this time, though given my finish it didn't really matter...
The race started well, and I was able to move freely the entire time. There were no walkers or slow people around me, and the congestion was clear in the first half mile. Very cool. The temperature was such that I dumped my $4 Goodwill fleece before I got to Lucas Oil stadium and was beginning to question my Pearl Izumi arm sleeves. These I pulled down around mile 3. I was running comfortably and pretty steady, finally settling in at about mile 10. I realized I was going too fast, though to get a BQ again I'd have to average 7:49. I actually PR'd the first half, getting a 1:41:09, which leads me to believe I could have run a 1:38 or better, had I chosen the half marathon and entered the pain cave.
But by mile 17, the soles of my feet were beginning to hurt, and I was struggling to consume anything. Throughout the whole race, I consumed one gel, and six Clif Shot Blocks, all before the 1st half. I didn't have anything after that. My stomach and mouth would not have it.
Around mile 20, I was passed by a guy - actually at this point I was passed by at least a hundred people - but he commented on the cross I had on my back. He said, "God bless you" and gave me a fist bump, telling me he was in a dark place and it had lifted his spirit. I was glad to hear it, as it was the sole purpose for putting it there, as I had also been inspired seeing similar things in the past.
During the last six miles, I had to walk some, as shown by my pace. My feet hurt, and I didn't have the energy to run. Mentally I was spent and just wanted to get to the end. I had someone pass me and said, "Come on." She was also in distress, but I appreciated the kick in the rear. I ran for a bit, but the legs did not want to go with the rhythm. It was like I had forgotten the normal breathing rate, which had been a normal 3-step the entire time (until the meltdown),
Anyway, I finished the race at 3:48:08, a lousy finish for me. While the 1st half was a 1:41, the second half was 2:07. Ugly. And much of that loss was in the last six miles.
But hey, along with the finisher medal was a stocking cap. Sweet! And Jimmy Johns was giving away Scooby snacks too. I wasn't hungry, but saved it for later.
Overall, I learned something this race, as I always do. This was number 7 full marathon for me. When and where will number 8 be?
Sunday, October 9, 2011
But here is an image of where two seconds really hurts. After all of the time and pain, the finish missed the closing window and it does not count. No finisher's medal. Just 17+ hours of pain and suffering, ending with a DNF and a huge bill for staying in Kona all week.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Powerman Muncie 10k/61.8k/10k
Well I booked another sufferfest that is Powerman Muncie. The Tomboni team has a talent for having cruel and diabolical conditions, and this year did not disappoint. Last year was like 48 degrees and pouring rain. This year was dry - and windy. Really windy. So much so there were whitecaps on the lake. The poor folks who were signed up for the triathlon were going to suffer. The wind, whitecaps, and cold water (wetsuits mandatory) were guaranteed brutality, and clearly it was going to be too much. The Oly distance swim was cut to 400m for the safety of the competitors. Still, I understand many people required the assistance of the kayak safety crews.
And this wasn't in my head. Comments from the pros who won:
The same sentiment was shared by the 2011 Powerman Muncie men's champion Ryan Guliano (2:50). "Wow, the first half of each lap was brutal to say the least."
I signed up for this last December, as the memory from last year had faded enough that I forgot how much I suffered... (last year's race report) My buddy Dave (his race report here) also signed up, but for the Olympic tri. My preparation for this race was not good. I had not been on my bike in a month, and it showed. At least I'd logged some running miles (about 100) in September.
I prepped for the race with my usual pre-race meal of oatmeal, a bagel, peanut butter, and coffee. Thankfully the coffee worked to get things moving, so I wouldn't have to deal with it in T1 like last year. The weather was crisp and cold (mid 30s, but at least it was dry. I went to the start wearing my arm sleeves and bike gloves. I figured I'd pull the gloves off, and push the sleeves down a couple of miles into the run.
Run #1 10k 46:11 (7:27 avg) 28th
As usual, I went out [too] fast to simply try to get to an open zone to settle in. The first 2.5k is shared with the shorter course people, so it's a little crowded, but not too bad. Looking at my watch at mile 1, I saw 6:50 and knew I had to slow down. It was going to happen anyway, but I needed to get under control. Last year I had done a 5k and a sprint tri the two weeks prior to this race, so I had some measure on pacing for speed. I didn't this year, plus I was not as fit as last year when I ran 45:42 (7:23 avg). I was steadier and more even. But overall, I was satisfied with the first 10k.
Mile Time HR
1 6:50 157
2 7:19 157
3 7:28 165
4 7:50 165
5 7:38 167
6 7:20 166
.2 1:46 168
Uneventful, especially since I didn't have to hit the port-potty like last year. I had 3:36 last year. Did I actually poop in 1:16 last year? No way. I was much slower this year, as I had taken my gloves off and stuffed them down my back to store them. One was stuck under my tank top and I wasted nearly 20 seconds getting it. At least it was easy to find my bike, thanks not only to being on the first rack, but to the bright neon yellow of my TMat Pro. In a mindless state, it makes finding my stuff a little easier.
Bike 61.8k 2:04:57 (18.4 avg) 28th
Even with miserable conditions last year, I still had 1:56:59 (19.7 avg). This time the wind was brutal, and when combined with my lack of bike fitness, I was much slower. I found myself getting sleepy on the ride, after finally escaping the hard southerly wind on each lap. But I had my gloves and was only a little cold. I did actually find myself dehydrated, having consumed two bottles of water. Once again, I found that I knew I needed to consume more calories, but it was too much of a mental challenge. I think I only had 1.5 Roctane from my Gelbot (which I had thinned, but was still too viscous due to the cold, and three Clif Shot Bloks - so about 250 calories total. But I was fading, as you can see in the splits:
Mile Time HRlap 1 39:35 147
lap 2 41:02 141
lap 3 44:02 145
At least I was faster than the 2:13 of last year. And I could for the most part, feel my feet. Last year they were so cold I couldn't feel them, and worried about falling on my face.
Run #2 10k 51:35 (8:20 avg) 22nd
And this is where the reduced fitness shows. I ran 50:09 (8:06 avg) last year, and that's with a 10 min mile 1. At least I was pretty steady. As I approached mile 4, I simply wanted to finish. I was catching up to a guy, and I wanted to see age written on his leg. This would help me decide if it was worth the pain of trying to beat him. As I got close, I saw he was 43, so I just lurked a bit, not really caring about it. But then I reconsidered, as I wanted at least a better position in the overall standings. At mile 5 I had my chance. He slowed down to get water, and I passed him then sped up, trying to open a gap that he wouldn't be interested in closing. But the last 1.2 miles of the course are hilly. He kept pushing me, closing the gap. At mile 6 is the final hill and then a finish chute. All I could think was he is really close, and the distance to go is barely longer than the length of the street I live on. I had to look back in the last 30 meters, and was satisfied he would not catch me in time. I beat him by 4 seconds.
Mile Time HR
1 8:11 151
2 8:11 154
3 8:11 153
4 8:48 153
5 8:38 156
6 8:04 158
.2 1:29 163
Finish 3:46:48 26th overall, 3rd in AG
I am disappointed with my time, though I understand why I was slower. I had a 3:38:37 last year, with much worse conditions and a long T1. I had five people in my age group, but two were on the podium and reduced to pool (I was still last). The guys faster than me weren't just a little fast. They were smoldering fast. Next year I will do better.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Yea, whatever. If I actually trained for these things I might actually get in. Maybe 2013, if I can get my act together in the next month. Powerman is this weekend, and then I have a month to work on speed. We shall see.
And just to clarify, I am not upset with being squeezed out by faster runners. It's only fair; they earned it.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Run #1 (2 mi) 13:58 1st
Though I was 1st, my speed was slower from where I should be at this time of year. The first 1/3 mile is uphill, and I nearly stopped at one point trying to understand where the course went, but with 6:47 and 7:11 miles, I was a minute slower than what I'd like.
T1 1:56 8th
What the heck happened here? I did stumble a bit by taking the long way out of transition, but that couldn't have cost me more than 15 seconds. 1st was 1:06.
The Bike (10 mi) 29:31 20.3mph avg 1st
The course is hilly, but there are some fast sections. Last year I was 29:12. I need to practice hammering. I am simply not riding enough. It really helped when I was able to ride to work.
T2 1:28 4th
I just tried to be quick...
Run #2 (3 mi) 23:35 7:52 avg 2nd
Last year I ran this in 22:48. I am just not as fit as I was. I was running in zone 4 HR, but I have yet to find the drive to enter a pain cave of redlining. Splits were 8:08/8:02/7:28. I either need to be chasing, or being chased. Something to work on.
Result 1:10:28 1st overall
It's an overall win, but honestly, the field was not very deep, and I should have done better. Powerman Muncie duathlon (10k/60k/10k) is on 1 October, and I have much to do to be prepared for this sufferfest. My goal is to beat last year's time of 3:38ish, though it seems a bit unrealistic at this point.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Run #1 (2 mi) 14:47 31st
My legs weren't there, and I felt tired. I should have cut 45sec-1min off this. It was really humid, and I was already hot and soaked at mile 1. I just kept going as I thought about the course.
T1 1:14 41st
The Bike (20k) 34:54 19th 21.4mph avg
I just hammered the best I could. There were times I slowed down, but after being passed by people whom I had already passed sparked me back into the race. My legs were tired. The course was smooth most of the way.
T2 1:23 36th
Run #2 (5k) 24:40 20th 7:57 pace
I ran alone most of the way, though some people I passed were about a minute behind and appeared to be closing the gap. My goal was to avoid getting "chicked." The odd thing about this whole race was my inability to push my pace. My effort seemed high, but I could not get my heart rate beyond the bottom range of zone 4. My pain cave is in zone 5, and I can get mid-170s, just not today. Must have been the fatigue.
Result 1:16:58 1st in age group (m45-49)
I won my age group, and was 14th overall (131 total field). It worked out okay, though I should have been faster. Still, it's nearly six minutes faster than the last time I raced here.
The race started in three waves: Wave 1 was men younger than 40, wave 2 was men older than 40, and wave 3 was all women. My goal this race was to simply not get "chicked" by the women starting 5 minutes behind me. Some may better my time, but I didn't want to get passed.
Overall, I think I had a decent performance.
The Swim (.2 mi) 7:49 128th 2:26 pace
Slow, as I expected. Not much to say, except training does actually help...
I easily found my stuff, mainly due to my TMat Pro, with it's dayglo yellow color. I might have shaved 20-30 seconds, but that takes practice.
The Bike (9.5mi) 26:55 45th 21.2mph avg
I liked the course. It was smooth and fast and I was passing people the whole time (and was passed as well).
The Run (3.1 mi) 22:53 57th 7:23 pace
I should have been faster on the run, but I had a stitch for about half of it, and didn't get into a groove until the last mile. I was then ready to hammer it over a longer distance, just too late.
13/33 in age group (m45-49)
I know I can shave time from this race. Next year...
And I didn't get "chicked."
It's a sprint duathlon, with a longer ride: 2mi/20mi/2.5mi. The run course is not scenic, but flat. The bike course is a bit hilly at first, but most of it is smooth, and very fast in sections. Being in the middle of nowhere, there is little traffic, and the traffic control (intersections) is excellent.
I went to this race not at all prepared, having barely ridden my bike this year. In fact, my training has been terrible, as it consists of getting a run when I can. I figured I'd just try to have fun. I thought I'd also try out my Gelbot again (it worked well). I thought my goal of beating last year's time of 1:30:57 was not realistic, but I'd give it a shot.
Run #1 13:18 (2 mi)
I went out steady and tried to keep an even pace. There were some fast people out there, but I found a couple of people to stick with. This was still tough, as I watched my heart rate tick into zone 5 during the second mile.
The transition area is small, and I found that my Tmat Pro mat was muck better than the towel I had been using. It is smooth and easy to spot.
Bike 59:44 (20 mi)
I was hoping for a better time on the bike, but the wind was not in my favor. The northbound leg is generally very fast and you can really hammer on it, but wind (and lack of training) slowed me a bit. Still, I think it went okay.
I was a little confused on the exit, but mainly due to being in a mental fog.
Run #2 17:10 (2.5 mi)
I was pretty much alone on the run. There were people ahead of me, but really far ahead, and there was no way I'd even be able to get close. And there wasn't anyone catching up to me. I settled into a pace and though I could have gone a little faster, lacked the will and motivation to enter the pain cave of a zone 5 sustained effort (redlining). I can't seem to be able to do this, unless I am chasing someone or a time. Given we all started at the same time, changing my speed wasn't going to change my position.
Results 1:32:19 2nd in AG
I still placed, and weeks later the official results still are not posted online. I suspect my field was very small...