Girlfriends and Dudes Sprint Triathlon
July 17, 2011
Frenchman’s Bar, Columbia River, Vancouver, WA
0.5 mile swim, 12.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run
It was a wet day and before the day was over, it would be recorded as one of the wettest days in July on record. To top it off, the rain must have driven away some of the event sponsors and entertainment because there was no PA system in the morning and Tommy O's, one of the food sponsors, did not show so all they had was bagels and grapes. Bummer.
SWIM 0.5 miles, down current 10:53 (6th out of 33 M40-44)
One of the big draws to this event is that the swim is with the current of the Columbia River. We walk a half mile up the beach to the starting line and then swim with the current. Swim times are usually very fast and this was no exception for me. Although there wasn't much current and the water was FREAKING COLD! I don't know what was colder, Lake Coeur d'Alene last year or this. I started in the Men 40 and over and the Relay Team wave. After about 100 yards I looked up and I was in 4th place overall. Cool. But certainly faded after that since I was getting pretty winded. The swim was pretty easy except the Columbia was very murky.
Now to see if I screwed my race strategy or not. Let's see how long I can keep my running at threshold. I should be able to do a 5k at 140 bpm threshold and that should be about an 8 minute pace when rested. I kept chugging along and while the rain was coming down, I could taste the sweaty salt from my face. I was pretty hot and pretty tired. Kept a solid pace and slowed to a 9 minute mile for about 200 yards, otherwise I was go, go go. Just before the finish, two guys in my age group go whizzing by me. I tried to keep up but after 5 steps there was no way, they were going a full minute faster than me. Oh well, I'll get em next time.
Came into the finish and was happy to cross the line. Great to see Wendy there waiting for me. So awesome. I finished in 1:15:49 a great PR for this distance by 7 minutes or so and was 10th out of 33 in my age group.
Next is a half marathon this weekend. Going to go out and do this for fun, no real time goals, but would be nice to validate that sub-2 hour mark, you know? :-)
Thanks for your support.