Monday, June 2, 2008

A Day of 3 Part 1 and Part 2

Day of 3 Part 1: Swim + Bike + Run
Raced the Breezy Point Sprint Triathlon on Sunday and finished my first ever tri. If you recall, my first attempt at a tri ended up being a swim only event for me.
Got there early enough to setup transition area, get my chip, socialize, reset up my transition, socialize more, get the wetsuit on and warmup.
My age group started in the 2nd wave behind the Elite group so we had open water ahead of us without having bottlenecks at the bouys. I drifted towards the back as we were about to start because I knew this was not my strong leg and didn't want to get extra kicks/jabs/elbows in the chaotic start. In hindsight, I should have stuck with the main pack and stayed with the draft as much as possilbe. Lesson learned.
I took this swim too casually. After 1000 meters, I didn't feel like I worked too hard but I must have. Got out of the water and it felt like I had dead legs. I had a hard time running thru transition. Peeled of the wetsuit and the hammy started to cramp. Crap, this is going to be a long day if I get a cramp now. Hobbled to the mount area and got on the bike. Swim time = 22:06 (25/40 in AG), T2 time = 3:20 (horrible).
Bike leg was fun blowing by others. These guys were my AG and 10 years younger with some "elites" in the mix. Alot of headwind made for slower times but I maintained an aero position except the times I drank and the sharp corners. I kept targeting riders in front to pick off and that kept my mind off the cramps. I went thru 1.5 bottles in a 12 mile ride just to re-hydrate. Bike time = 33:37/22.1 avg (2nd in AG, 13th Overall), T2 time = 1:21 (not as horrible but still needs improvement).
Threw on the racing flats and hat and hit the tarmac. Boom! Someone turned up the heat by 20 degrees. Luckily I took water as soon as the run began and drank one and tossed one over the head. Ahh, it was ice cold too - thanks Coastal Racing. The legs were still in the cycling mode for the first mile. The first mile saw a few guys I zipped by on the bike overtake me on the run. I finally got my stride at 2 miles and picked up the final 1.1 mile at race pace managing to pass a few. The final sprint into the headwind was hard but the cheering made it easier to take it up a gear. Run time = 25:28 (17/40).
Overall - 1:25:58 and 16th in the AG.

Day of 3 Part 2: Zoe's 3rd Birthday Party
Rushed home after the race to bring the family down to mom's timeshare at the oceanfront to celebrate my daughter's Birthday. (Thanks for letting daddy race on your birthday.)
Chocolate cake and icing was my recovery meal.

1 comment:

Chris said...

That's awesome Albe. Great bike split. Congrats on finishing your first tri.
And happy birthday to your girl!