Triathlon - The Race Thread
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02-24-11, 12:34 AM
Brought this up a few months ago but winter was upon us and tri season had come to a close. Being in Hawaii, our season is starting up again soon and I've just registered for a March 5th Sprint tri, the Guard Dog Sprint (http://www.active.com/running/north-shore-oahu-hi/bikefactory-presents-the-guard-dog-triathlon-plus-puppy-dog-biathlon-2011), as a fun training day to break up getting prepped for my first Olympic distance in May.
So I'm re-bringing up the idea of a Race Report thread/sticky where people can get excited about upcoming events, share their race reports, and everyone can celebrate each other's successes all in one place.
This race coming up for me isn't too far from my home so it will be a great way to see how my training is progressing thus far and then I'll be able to ride home to stack a few more miles on to my engine for the day. Assuming this thread sticks around, I'll post the link to my race report afterwards. Otherwise I'll just create a new thread to share! So there.
03-06-11, 01:43 PM
Had my first sprint of the season yesterday. Aside from the rain it went rather well. Here is the race report (http://dirtbagfitness.blogspot.com/2011/03/guard-dog-tri-race-report-aka-tiger.html) and here are some pictures (http://dirtbagfitness.blogspot.com/2011/03/guard-dog-tri-pictures.html).
Anyone else got races coming up or race stories?
03-07-11, 08:04 PM
This is a "second-hand" story, but my daughter just competed in the "Desert Triathlon" in La Quinta, CA (near Palm Springs). They had a sprint plus an "International" (basically Olympic distance) race. She won her age bracket, took 7th overall (for all women), and 3rd if you don't count four professionals. It was her first race on a recently-obtained Cervelo P2, and she was pretty pleased with the results.
This is an extremely flat course (even the water...), and is supposedly the "lowest" tri event in the US, as most of the race is at around -100 feet elevation (below sea-level). Including the little lake. But some of the nearby mountains are still tall enough to have some snow on top.
03-07-11, 08:26 PM
Just completed my first sprint tri on Saturday. As I said in the other thread, the swim was meh. I ended up gassing in the excitement of the initial start and wound up using the breast stroke (in a pool) to finish off the last 200m. One major hurdle for me in the future is going to be strengthening my swim substantially. Cycle transition was bumpy because I didn't have "tri" specific garb, and so just winged it with a pair of UA lined shorts I had and switched into a jersey for the ride. I blew up the 13 miles with an average of 21 MPH (according to Garman).
The run hurt. Bad. I failed to taper and so I was nursing a bit of a (what appears to be) case of tendonitis behind my left knee. I hobbled the 5k in just over 37m.
Overall time was 1:57:13 so I didn't feel like a total gimp.
Now just to peel off this additional 33 pounds and see how much time I can make up. From what I can tell, at 37 I'm in a very competitive age group.
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