How I see myself doing a triathlon…
How others see me doing a triathlon…
After hearing about it from TriFury teammates for years, I finally had a chance to enter and compete in the Cranberry Trifest Olympic race. The Trifest actually runs two days, and consists of a sprint race on Saturday and the Olympic on Sunday. I entered the Olympic race intending just to run it for fun, without worrying about speed or placing. Surprisingly, I captured third place, and even more surprisingly, there were more than three people in my age group (which is usually how I reach the podium). Here’s how it broke down:
Swim: 0.9 mi / 39.32 min, finishing 6 out of 7 in my age group. I’m not the fastest swimmer by far, and with Jamie telling me the water temperature was 81 the day before, I skipped the wet suit, which probably added ~4 min to my time. The swim was unique, as they ran it as a two loop course due to low water levels. My wave was right in the middle (4th), so by the time I got out there, I was getting run over by the elite first wave swimmers, and then run over by the younger, faster swimmers in the later waves. I got smacked, and smacked, got poked, and poked, got grabbed, and grabbed, more swimmers than in any race ever. All part of the fun. I hope they keep the same course for next year.
T1: 1:52.8 min. Although I probably lost ~4 min on the swim without the wet suit, I made most if not all of it up in T1. Had I worn it, it probably would have taken me five minutes to get out of it and on the bike, as getting out of a wet suit while sweating profusely takes more time than it saves. I also skipped the socks for the first race this year, for which I paid for later.
Bike: 26.2 mi / 1:22:55 hr / 19.0 mph average, finishing 2 out of 7 in my age group. Like Mass State, I concentrated on keeping my heart rate in a relatively low zone. The bike course was nearly identical to Patriot Half, with a few sections cut out to change it from 28 to 26 miles. Jamie recommended taking salt tablets, so I took one at the start along with the ‘Gu’ every 30-40 minutes and liquids. I didn’t know I was averaging 19 mph until getting my results after the race.
T2: 2:25.3 min. Seems a bit strange that my T2 was ~32 seconds longer than T1, although I don’t know where the timing mats were located. I did make it a point to have a good drink from my bike bottle before going out, and did have to fight a bit with the speed laces on my shoes. I will have to check these, specifically the right shoe, as you will see.
Run: 6.2 mi / 55:21 min / 8:56 min/mi average, finishing 2 out of 7 in my age group. This run was actually quite nice, as I was expecting the run to be similar to Patriot (hot, sunny, with little shade). Although there were sunny sections, and it was getting quite warm by this time, the run was mostly shady. I made it a point to walk through every water station (one every mile) and get some water, and took another extra salt tablet at the first water stop and a Gu just before the third stop. After the second mile, I could feel holes getting worn in my right foot. While I had skipped socks with my bike shoes many times before, this was the first sockless run in my (relatively) new racing flats. I concentrated on everything other than my feet, and finished the race with two smaller blisters on my toe and heal, and a large (~3″) long blister right along the instep of my foot.
Overall, it was a great race, and I hope to be able to sign up for both the sprint and Olympic races next year.
Did my swim yesterday morning (30 laps, 1,500 yards), and entered it into Garmin Connect where I keep track of my training, races and other fun activities. Found that since Joyce gave me my 305, and along with the 405, I’ve recorded 2,000 activities for training, racing, and just out having fun:
Distance 14,172.19 mi
Time 1,756:11:17 hrs
Calories 1,088,086 C
Elev Gain 274,570 ft
Or in other words, since starting keeping track of my miles, I’ve gone, under my own power, between Boston and Los Angeles four times, and now about 3/4 of the way there on the fifth trip. I’ve climbed 52 miles, and 10 feet. Burned enough calories to offset 514 lbs of brownies. Go Me!
Just had a great birthday. What’s the best thing to do on your 59th birthday? Go running, of course.
Ran with a great group of friends from Nashua, NH down to Lawrence, MA, then had a great lunch at the Claddagh at the end. Afterwards, returned home and had a wonderful afternoon and evening with Joyce, George and Jennifer.
Was riding to work this morning on my bike. I had just crossed into Lowell along Pawtucket Blvd, where the road is relatively wide, with a wide shoulder good for cycling. I must have hit something in the road, or some broken pavement, because my front wheel twisted and I went down on my right shoulder. After getting up, and getting myself brushed off (and thanking the Lowell Police offer who stopped to ask if I was OK), I realized that my right shoulder was sore, and I wasn’t going to make it to work on my bike.
I rode home, and after taking off my reflective vest, jacket and other cool weather gear, I went up and had to wake Joyce. Joyce took one look at my right shoulder, and said “… you’re going to the emergency room.” After checking to ensure the kids knew we were leaving and they were to get themselves ready and out the door for school, off we went.
After x-rays confirming my collarbone was broken, the doctor said no exercise for the next four weeks. Baystate Marathon is out this year. With luck, I will be able to run Tyngsboro Trot and get myself ready for Mill Cities Relay.
The goal for 4,000 miles under my own power for the year is probably out as well. I did make it (to date) to 3,157 miles, perhaps I can add a few miles more after this all heals in November and December.