Figured I'd post a report from my 2nd, and last Tri for the year.
Riverbluff Tri (formerly NashVegas) - Ashland City, TN (Nashville) - Sprint distance
Things did not start well... At least they ended at the finish line!
Swim: 11:02.93 (400m)
Bike: 50:41.04 (14mi)
Run: 53:10.28 (3.4mi)
OT: 1:59:40.62 - 16/19 Clyde
Things started rocky. Got up and ate a bagel with PB, then had to talk to my sis-in-law because she was lost getting to the hotel. We left the hotel about 15 mins late, so my warmup consisted of jogging with my bike to barely make it to transition to set up.
Swim starts off, in the Cumberland (I think....) River. Big sharp rocks on the banks were very unpleasant. Buzzer goes off and I wait a split second for the pack to get going. I get my head under water, and it was just NASTY! Brown chunks (hope it was mud) and black oozing chunks that reminded me of motor oil. I get about 50yds in and take a mouthful of water. No biggie, I've trained to cough underwater mid-stroke, but I have to take a HUGE breath on the next stroke. I go to take that stroke, and I get ANOTHER mouthful! That killed me right there. I ended up side stroking/coughing/gagging for about 2/3 of the race. I did manage to get back in form and pass a few people in the home stretch. Noone from the wave after me caught me. Odd thing, I know 400m is only a few feet short of 440yd, but I somehow managed to cut almost 2:00 from my Memphis in May time... weird!!!
I rolled up the boatramp and into T1, flip my recently acquired Firehouse Sub pickle bucket
, clean my feet, slam on my socks, shoes, shirt, helmet and fly out of there. Cut close to 2:00 there as well.
I hit the mounting line, get my first shoe clipped, and I'm gone. Takes a couple spins to clip the second, but doesn't slow me down. Passed 4-5 riders in the initial quarter mile out to the street. Okay, my gameplan here was to hammer the bike. the entire course was out and back rolling hills with a big climb (for me) in the middle. I live in flood plain farmland, ie: no hills
. I think I managed my gearing and everything pretty well. Of course I was passed more than I passed, and I stopped to make sure a rider was okay (think she snapped her frame!
). When it was all said and done I had gone 2 miles further and avg'd 16.57 mph over 15.4 in May.
Swung back into T2, racked my bike, pickle bucket helped with shoes, downed extra water (was getting HOT) and got out of there. About the same time as May, but added in a shoe change as I didn't have clipless at the time... so... IMPROVEMENT
Now... Here's where the story turns into tragedy. Well, not really, I knew that hammering the bike would decimate the run, and I was (and still am) okay with that. 3.4 miles of freaking HOT running on a cramped shoulder with 2-way traffic... yeah, it sucked. Once I got my wind back I did run for a bit, however, a bit of chest pain and my left hand going numb put and end to that with a quickness. Wasn't sure what was going on, but I wasn't about to push it after that. I did take water and Gatorade at all 3 stations, and a GU at the last one. Ended up about 1:00/mi slower than May.
I'm not sure that nutrition would have helped much, but I was on water only until the run, and 18oz of Gatorade and 1 GU were the sum of my caloric intake during the race. I am now officially in my "off season". Like I've said before, this winter will be run-focused. I will get as many miles on the bike as I can work in, and I plan to swim when I can. I've got to improve my stamina!