Frenchman's Bar, Vancouver, WA
July 29, 2012
Time: 1:13:39 (PR)
This was the first triathlon race since completing Ironman Coeur d'Alene just 5 weeks prior. In that time, I have done very little the way of training, but had certainly done lots of lounging, carbo-loading and other things. This event was purely just for fun and since the organizers are such great people, this event always delivers a good time.
SWIM 0.5 mile (down current) Time: 11:30 (1:26/100 yd--12th of 261 OA)
About 5 people got ahead of me on the swim before the finish and I felt that was still pretty good for me.
BIKE 12.5 miles Time 33:47 (22.2 mph avg--8th of 261 OA)
Ran up the beach to the transition. My head was pretty dizzy, but I figured if I would run the dizziness out of my system this time. Got to my bike and bent over to start taking off my wetsuit. Immediately became very dizzy and almost fell over. Finally got the suit off and bent down to put on my socks and shoes and again, almost fell over. Woooo. This doesn't feel too good. Got my act together, helmet on, race belt, etc. grabbed my bike and headed out. I was really, really dizzy. Crazy. Got to the mount line and took off pedaling. Finally feeling a bit better.
I was not wearing my Garmin GPS this race. I had on just a heart rate monitor. I wanted to do this race more by feel than pace. Glancing at my HR monitor and it was reading 155 which is about 10 beats per minute faster than any previous LTHR test! I didn't care though, I was just going to go out and give it my all. If I blew up, then I blew up.
Starting in the last wave can make a person fell like a rockstar. As soon as I got on the bike, I started passing folks. A lot of folks!!! Catching the slower athletes in the previous waves, I passed them at Mach 2. Sometimes passing groups of 3, 4 or 5 riders all packed together. A biker would veer out as to pass a slower rider and I would come by on the double yellow line passing both riders while going a good 5 mph faster. Whoooosh!!!!
The bike course happens to be along the same route where I did all of my bike tests during the race season. So I knew the course very well. I knew what to expect, and I knew how to 'go to my happy place' when I got tired or the pace got really hard. I kept the power on the entire way and really didn't have any hiccups. If this were a bike test, my training zones would have changed by more than 8 points!
Only one rider passed me during the bike and he just so happened to be in my age group. I tried to keep up with him, but he really poured it on the last mile. He was about 100 yards ahead of me coming into T2.
RUN 3.1 miles Time 25:50 (8:18/mile pace--73rd of 261 OA)
My transition time was pretty quick and I came out of transition right with the cyclist that passed me. He was a much better runner though and took off like a jet. See-ya! I can run for a long distance at a slow and comfortable pace, but I have literally no speed. I was never a runner and a fast pace for me is about 7:45 for short distances and most of my training runs are around 9:20's.
In my mind I did pretty well. All of my recent training for Ironman has been mostly long and slow running. Proper race-execution runs EN-style. Nothing at threshold. This was different. Although I was getting tired, I felt I was able to keep the pace pretty well. I would feel myself slow down and then I would concentrate on good form and fluid movements, and I could feel myself speed up and feel better. My HR was way off the charts and I knew I couldn't keep this level for the entire distance, but what the heck. It is just a sprint race. It will be over soon enough.
With about a mile left, I was really getting tired and had to take about a 2 minute slower paced rest. Then was able to kick it pretty good the last bit. I cruised on into the finish feeling really good about my performance.
Based on my calculations, I figured I might have a chance at being in the top 3 in my AG (40-44). But when they announced the top 3 male finishers overall, all of which were in my AG, I got that sinking feeling. Ugh. As it turned out, I got 6th out of 28 in my AG and 15th out of 261 overall! That is the best finish I have ever had. I also knocked 2 minutes off last year's time at this same event! Woooo hooo!!!