Today I had a race. I know – I didn’t talk about it much but there it was – Tri for Fun! And so I did try for fun and it worked – fun was had. This race had its ups and it had its downs but overall I’m happy with the results and I guess since I’ve never done this distance before I PR’d. So
After the flat the other day I was nervous, particularly since at about 5:30 PM yesterday I checked my rear tire and it was flat – FLAT! I freaked out OMG! What is wrong with my bike!! I ran down to the bike store and got 2 new tires and 2 new tubes and came home and thought “No No No – you DO NOT switch tires the night before a race”. I took the rear tire off, inspected it closely and found no tears or holes so I just replaced the tube. Then I discovered that when I changed my flat on Sunday I neglected to replace the nut that holds the valve tight to the rim. I hoped that was the problem. I pumped up both tires and crossed my fingers.
As always I woke up at 4:30 wondering what the hell I was doing. I mean come on – it’s Saturday! Why in the world would I want to get up, put my bike in the car and then go subject myself to a swim. bike, run experience? I mean WHY!? I always feel that way before and event and it always takes getting to the finish to remember.
I had 2 choices to start – I could go out with the ‘competitve’ people who knew what they were doing or I could go out, 4 waves later with the women 37 and up. I fretted. I just knew – KNEW! that if I went out with the first wave I would still be out there looking for a buoy when the next wave cruised past me. I was wrong. My swim was just fine and I even passed people!! Go me!
Then the bike. Harumph. I need work on the bike. My computer was all screwed up (no doubt due to changing flats) and the speed would go from 8 mph to 15 miph to 11 to 10 to 16 – I had no idea. What I did know was that I got passed by probably every single guy in the 19- 36 age group (not to mention the ones in committed relationships) and at least 1/2 the guys from the 37 and up age group . This made me grumpy and I kind of wanted to pull a Stadler but I did my best to channel that energy into pedaling harder and going I have no idea how much faster.
And then, about 8 miles into an 11 mile ride I heard the sound I was in dread fear of – pssssffffft. Damn! But then it turned out to be a truck on the other side of the road releasing the air brakes – HUZZAH! I was still in the game.
The run was not bad. The weather was a little warm but not killer and I ran the whole thing, no problema. I got passed by a few more guys and then a few of the younger women started passing me and I hated that because I had a 15 minute head start on them – grrr.. But then the most magic thing of all happened – I passed someone! And then I passed someone else. Woo Hoo! Good thing I’m no Stadler.
Coming in on the home stretch there was a younger woman just ahead of me. I thought about kicking it and passing her and then I thought “no – I can’t” and then… and then I thought ‘HELL YES!” and I kicked it and passed her in the last 50 yards because what I really wanted, and what I got was to come in under the timer at exactly 1.25:00. Go me.
400 yd Swim + part of T1 – 8:02 (~2 min/100 yard)
Rest of T1 – ??? maybe 2:30 ?
10.34 mile -Bike – 39:30 (give or take a few seconds, it was supposed to be 11 miles) = 15.77 mph
T2 – 2:42 (really need to work on that)
3.2 mile run – 31:52 (~ 10 min/mile)
This event has no official time and no places – it’s for fun. And it was! It did, however raise some doubt in my mind about doing this Olympic distance event on August 12. I really want to focus on my “A” race on Sept 19, particularly since it just got a littler A-er. I’ll explain that in another post.
Next up – SF 1/2 Marathon next Sunday.
Then an Oly on 8/12
Then my “A” race.
I have no idea how I can train for these things but I”ll manage something.
This is what you get when you are a bad planner.
*final note – the little magnet on my rear spokes was at an angle, up away from the sensor. I fixed it.