Swim clinic at Beaver Lake

9 am Sunday morning there were about 10 fishing poles at Beaver Lake and then about 20 nutcases (at least that’s how the guys fishing looked at us) ready to jump in the water for a swim clinic with the great folks from Mr. Crampys. I swam with the experienced group and really learned a lot about swimming in a crowd, turning around the buoys but also nice tips on effective swim technique in case you hit waves. Before this morning I had spent a total of 15 minutes doing open water swimming as part of my two races so far so I was a little worried but about 50 minutes later I had kept up with the group and done the drills successfully. I have to swim more with the suit on as I’m still not used to the pressure around my chest but if I just pull the neckline and get some water in it feels fine again.. think I will get used to this and be able to get through a mile or so in August/September. 


Cottage Lake Super Sprint

Now I’m not just a triathlete but also a Pacific Northwest Triathlete as todays super sprint was wet through all three disciplines. I woke up at 6 hearing the rain against the windows but it wasn’t really pouring down so wasn’t much of an issue.

Going into this short sprint where the swim was the normal sprint distance of 400m but only 9.2 miles bike and 1.6 miles run I had one goal and that was to feel comfortable in the swim. The water was a little warmer, just above 60, so no problem to loose the neoprene cap which made me feel less strangled. The swim felt really good with a nice rhythm from the start and I never felt the panic that hit me last time. This time I did get in the water before the race and swam a few minutes which made it possible to adjust the wetsuit and other stuff and I really felt comfortable. Official timing isn’t posted yet but my watch said about 6.30 which is about 2 minutes faster than in Lake Sammamish Triathlon.

Transitions was a little slower and tougher this time with the rain but I felt pretty good getting on the bike , my watch is messed up right now so didn’t get any speed and cadence but I was only passed by a couple of riders before I had to stop to fix my chain and a dozen or so swooshed by me. Chain pops off when I switch gears in front and I ‘ve tried to adjust the front derailleur my self but I better take it to Mr. Crampys and have them help me. I had a couple of guys around me the whole bike ride and I think we pushed each other as a group to go faster which was fun. My legs felt really heavy at times and I don’t think it was such a good idea to run 8 miles on Thursday .. I’m not in that good of a shape yet but I might just blame that on age now that I am 39 my body recovers slower.

I knew the run was really short so wanted to keep the temp up quite a bit but this is where I told my self … You are stupid !! You should not run 8 miles two days before a race!! You are not ready for that!! .. I settled into a slower pace and my friends from the bike cheered me on when I started to loose tempo. Thanks guys! I stopped my clock at 49 min when I crossed the finish line where I also realized that I should register with Brian instead of Brjann cause the announcer just went .. Nr 743…………brjn

All in all a great day and a really nice event.

Official result: 13th overall out of about 230 and 3rd in my age group.. this doesn’t include the “elite” who did Tri and Tri again, ie did the course twice. hm.. the two guys I had in front of me in the age group were the two I joined after they passed me when my chain “dropped off”…

Link to all results

Place Name Bib No Age Gender: 13 Brjann Brekkan 743 39 M

Swim 0.25 mile: Rnk Time Pace 13 6:38.9 26:32

T1: Rnk Time 23 1:31.1

Bike 9.2 miles : Rnk Time Pace 23 28:21.4 19.5

T2: Rnk Time 26 0:44.0

Run 1.6 miles : Rnk, Time Pace 34 12:15.1 7:39

Final Time 49:30.5


First tri done … I am not a strong swimmer!

Alarm clock woke me up at 445 this morning and really nice to to see the beautiful blue sky and the sun.  I packed my transition bag the night before with my wetsuit, swim cap, earplugs, googles, bike shoes, running shoes, towels, helmet, sunglasses, baby oil, anti chafe stick … I understand why they have these huge transition bags. Oh, btw baby oil is for your legs and arms so the wetsuit comes off quicker.

I got to the park before 6 to pick up my race packet with my bib and to get my number and age painted on my shoulders and legs .. might be for the paramedics… 38 year old male, nr 52 found in the ditch.

At 645 I walked down to the beach with my wetsuit halfway on to attend the race meeting and I noticed that the yellow buoys were really far out .. is that really just 400 meters?? Just after 7 the first men in the elite group were sent of and by the time I got into the water waiting for my wave at 715 the first guy was about to exit the water so I guess it is just 400m.

I thought I was a pretty strong swimmer but open water swim in 59 F / 15 C is not even close to swimming indoor. I took it really easy for the first 150 meters but my breathing just got shorter and shorter so I ended up swimming breast stroke for next 200 before finishing “strong” … I have the utmost respect for anyone that is an open water swimmer and I have no idea how I am going to do 1600 m later this summer. The good part is that even if I did the breast stroke I managed to stay ahead of most of the guys in my wave but my time was somewhere close to 10 minutes which was disappointing.

Baby oil worked and wetsuit came off ok so quickly out on the 15 mile bike ride where I think I managed to stay around 18 mph average on a fairly easy course then transition over to the 3 mile run and I did the transition at around 1 hour but the run was tough in grass, mud and gravel.

Overall I am happy with getting in at I believe just under 1.30 and todays learning is that the wetsuit will go with me to Sweden this summer and I will do a lot of swimming to get ready for the Olympic Distance in August and September.

Update with official results; 37 of 66 in my age group and 218 of 374. I will get into the upper 50% next time Smile

Net Time: 01:28:18
Swim (1/4 mile) : 00:08:39
T1: 00:03:38
Bike (14.8 miles): 00:46:29
T2: 00:01:27
Run (3.2 miles): 00:28:07

Next tri is in two weeks