First Olympic Triathlon Race Report
This was my second triathlon, my first was four years ago and it was an Xterra. So this was my first road Triathlon.
The race was the Motor City Triathlon. It was advertised as Olympic distance but the mileages were a little off. Not sure if this is common or not. 1500M Swim, 23 Mile Bike, 6.5M Run.
The water was about 70-72 so it wasn't bad. I wore a shorty wetsuit and felt very comfortable. Swimming is not my strong suit so I just planned to survive this. I know I need to work on this and the results proved it. 43 minutes in the water. I really couldn't get a steady rythm going. I was contantly going to the left, running over people, getting run over by people, stopped to see where the leaders were. I just wasn't really serious about it. That's fine, I'll get better in the future. 106th of 131.
I felt pretty good on the bike. It was four loop course pretty flat. I averaged 20 MPH and finshed in 1:09. Pretty slow compared to everyone else. 94th of 131.
This is my strong suit only I had a side stich the whole way. Again flat two loop course. finished in 50:29 for a 7:46 pace. Not bad probably would of been faster without the cramp. 35th of 131.
Overall I finished in 2:47:28, or 62nd of 131. I feel pretty good today, just a little upper arm soreness and hip tightness. I really had a great time and am already trying to figure which race I want to do next. I have been biking and running a little farther than my training plan because I have been kicking around doing a 1/2 IM in August. Part of me says just kick it up another notch and go for it with a just finish mentality of course. Another part of me says work on the Olympic distance and do a couple more of these this year and go for the 1/2 IM next year. Either way I can't lose, I'm hooked.
I had planned to run a marathon this year and try to qualify for Boston, now I would really rather do this.
Congrats on finishing your first Olympic Distance. I only have a couple of these under my belt. I prefer a sprint+ distance, myself. The Half-Ironman is a large step up. I did what you are planning to do. Had a couple Olympics and then did a half-ironman. The big difference is food during the race and being ready to run that half-marathon. For me, personally, I hit a wall at the 5k mark into the half-marathon (please note, my strength IS the run). In an olympic race, 5k is the halfway point. In the half-ironman, the 5k means 10 miles left!
A little advice for the swim, I like to be on the outside of the swimming group and then swim straight to the buoy. It's a little longer, though arguably insignificantly longer especially when considering you will probably swim more consistently not inside a large pact of people. This will also help you from being mislead by errant swimmers who aren't going the most accurate direction.
Congrats again and step up that training if you really want that half-ironman.
Congratulations on your first road triathlon. It can really be addicting, as you've discovered. Nothing can beat the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction you feel when you've crossed the finish line.
35th out of 131 for the run? That's fast!
Congratulations Bill! And thanks for sharing your story.
On the competitive side of things, it sounds like you have a lot of potential. Keep us updated on your progress!