Here is a recap of my races in 2010. This is for me, so it may be long. If you don't want to see pics of a pasty white, middle aged guy, run away.....
Race #1: St. Louis 1/2 Mary 4/11 - 1:58:21
Overall rank - 2344/6830
Male rank - 1514/3894
Age group rank - 197/490
Race #2: Effingham IL Sprint 5/16 - 1:21:54 (first tri ever!).
|low 50's and raining but I couldn't stop smiling|
swim - 10:53 for 1/4 mile (2:29 pace). I freaked out a little, hyper ventilated then stopped, looked around, reminded myself I was actually doing my first tri, smiled then kept going.
|T1 chatting with Cheryl|
T1 - 2:00
|Coming in to T2|
bike - 41:10 for 13 miles (18.95 mph) - not bad for my first bike race ever plus my fingers and toes were numb.
T2 - 1:00
My feet were frozen and they hurt!
Overall rank 46/78 - Missed my goal of top half
Age group rank 7/10 - ditto
What a rush!
Race #3: Carlyle IL Sprint 5/23 - 1:24:25I was sick from my last race. I often get colds the week after a race but this was worse. I had cold sweats the night before. I figured if I was achy in the morning I would DNS, but I felt ok, just a little worn out. This race weather was the opposite of last week. The temp was upper 80's and high humidity. After the race last week I was thinking of doing an Oly soon. Not during/after this race. The run was across a dam was like a sauna.
Ryan and I getting ready to race. Yep, he is that much taller than me. I'm 5' 7" and he is 6" 8" and I was standing on the uphill side :-). Ryan and I met through a beginner triathlete mentor group. Cheryl calls him "the guy I met on the Internet" :-). We did two races together in 2010 and are both signed up for New Orleans 70.3 in April
|swim starts can be chaotic|
T1 - 2:26
bike - 29:26 for 12.4 miles (18.87 mph)
T2 - 0:56
run - 29:05 for 3.1 miles (9:23 min/mile pace)
The run was brutal with the heat. It was out and back across a dam and the rocks on both sides radiated heat on you. The run was flat except for a big hill at the turn around that you could see until you got there. It was a big demotivator!
Age group rank: 5/12 - met my goal
Race #4: Innsbrooke MO Octomax 6/26 - 1:44:24
This was my first lake swim without a wet suit. It was a little intimidating and the water was uncomfortably warm. I did a pre-race swim to help ease my mind. Overall the swim was fine. I did get elbowed and took in some water, which was scary. I stopped and treaded water for a bit to collect myself.
swim - 12:17 for 500 yards (2:28/100 pace)
T1 - 3:20 (we had to run up a long hill)
This bike course had lots of short steep hills. I hit 41 mph on one of them! It was really fun.
bike - 58:38 for 18 miles (18.42 mph)
T2 - 1:17
The run was brutally hot. I remember questioning why anyone would do this as I ran. The woman behind me was working hard to chick me right at the finish. When I was approaching the finish line all I heard was someone breathing real hard trying to pass me.
run - 28:52 for 3 miles (9:37 pace)
Overall rank - 72/224
Age group rank - 13/25
The sense of accomplishment and feeling alive are incredible after racing. While racing, I think this is stupid and why would anyone pay money to hurt themselves like this. A couple days after the race, I signed up for two more......
Race # 5 - New Town tri, St. Charles MO 7/11 - 2:00:30
She was chatting away and kept asking me what was wrong. I was too quiet. I had to explain I was nervous with pre-race jitters.
It was another hot day. Such is life in the St. Louis area.
Check out the guy with messed up legs waiting to swim. I have no idea how he did, but it is very inspirational seeing athletes that don't let disabilities stop them from doing things they love.
swim 22:13 for 1093 yards (2:02/100 pace). I think there was a current helping us on the long stretch. I didn't swim 2:02 worthy.
I was glad to be out of the water and a little disoriented.
That is hammering it for me! I'm happy with 20 mph for my first season.
T2 - 0:59
I seem to have my transitions down, about 2 minutes for T1 and 1 minute for T2. I'm happy with those times.
35:50 for 4 miles (8:58 pace) - not bad considering the heat and I'm just not a fast runner.
I always have the urge to raise my arms when I cross the finish line. What's up with that?
Overall rank - 252/547
Age group rank - 26/48
Race # 6 - Evergreen Lake Sprint (40k bike leg) Bloomington, IL 7/17 - 2:02:54
<-- arms up again :-)
swim - 13:49 for 550 yards (2:32/100)
T1 - 1:38
bike - 1:19:07 for 26.1 miles (19.78 mph)
T2 - 1:24
run - 26:55 for 3.1 miles (8:39 pace)
Overall - 52/176
Age group - 4/10
Race # 7 - St. Charles MO 1/2 Mary 10/3 - 1:55:11 (8:38 pace)
This was my best 1/2 marathon time yet. I have to admit I was a little disappointed in the time. It seems like I should be able to run faster given the effort I put out. Maybe if I didn't have so much stuff in my pockets I could have run faster :-).
<-- Yes I was hurting!
Overall rank - 797/5983
Age group rank - 141/352
I also volunteered at Ironman 70.3 - Branson in Septemeber. It was a really cool experience. I planned to do one Olympic distance race in 2010, but a shoulder overuse injury due to swimming sidelined me from swimming for a while. Overall I consider 2010 a very solid year and I'm in the best shape of my life. Hopefully I can keep it up in 2011.
Congrats on a great year! I would strongly recommend going to nationals if you qualify, it's a lot of fun. If memory serves, it'll be in Vermont next year.
Good luck in 2011!!
Great recap, Mike! You had a heck of a year. I'm excited for you about New Orleans. I'm not such a fan of training but love race day. I guess I don't put enough pressure on myself. :) Like you, though, I wouldn't train if I wasn't signed up for something.
Cool! Hopefully I get to meet you and Ryan in New Orleans! Also, I will be doing the Evergreen Oly Distance in Bloomington this summer... Great job, keep it up!
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