The weather was absolutely perfect for the event. Cool and sunny with the high reaching about 70. We started off at 11 and ran to the Y for a 2100 yard swim. I haven't been swimming much so I wasn't really looking forward to this part. I felt amazingly good. Maybe there is something to be said for being well rested and hydrated. I changed before and after the swim do there were two extra transitions.
|Coming in from the swim|
|Heading out on the bike|
|Ryan and Annie ringing cow bells.|
The bike was good once I got my hr under control. For the first 15 minutes, my hr was in zone 4 which is unsustainable. I slowed down until it was upper zone 2/lower zone 3 and did a pretty good job keeping it there. I was able to drink some Infinite ride formula every 10 minutes with no trouble. Once two bottles were gone, I switch to water and had half a GU. Total calories in ~600 with about 32 ounces of water.
|Coming in from the bike|
I felt pretty good coming off the bike, but knew the run was going to be rough. My jacket had salt stains all over it so I planned to take one salt capsule every loop and a half a GU every other loop along with some water.
|Getting ready to run|
|starting lap 3 or 4|
Overall, I would say my fitness just isn't there yet to have a great race. Maybe I skipped too many workouts. Maybe I didn't go hard enough in some of the workouts. Maybe it's time to follow a different plan. Lots of maybes. I did decide that I won't decide on the season next year for at least a week. With all that said, I didn't have any bad aches or pains during the race and I felt well enough after the race to cook for a bunch of people. The next day I wasn't overly tired or sore either. I's say I was in good enough shape for a good race. I just need to figure out what it will take for a great race.
I weighed myself before and after the race and I lost 9 pounds or about 5.6% of my body weight. That seems a little high, but I'm not sure what I can do about it.
Total = 7:03:58 - 156
10:21:08 - run 0.5 mile to Y, check in and change
10:13:18 - 500 yards
1:00:48 - rest (wimp)
11:02:66 - 500 yards
1:00:44 - rest
13:45:25 - 600 yards
11:42:37 - 500 yards
12:58:93 - change and run 0.5 miles home
3:12:37 - bike 55.7 - ave hr 157
2:04:32 - bike-run transition - ave hr 142
24:25:55 - 2.5 mile loop 1 - ave hr 168
1:33:47 - chat with spectators
28:25:86 - 2.5 mile loop 2 - ave hr 162
4:01:90 - chat and put bandaids on nipples - ave hr 149
29:20:65 - 2.5 mile loop 3 - ave 159
1:44:23 - chat - ave hr 148
34:15:61 - 2.5 mile loop 4 - puked at the start of this lap and walked/runned it - ave hr 147
1:31:13 - chatted - ave hr 150
31:54:14 - 2.5 mile loop 5 - ave hr 148
Overall it was great to have a goal to keep training for. It was tougher to keep going without people lining the course than I thought it would be, but we got it done.