I’m an Olympian

Well not quite true of course but I did do my first Olympic distance triathlon today and I finished the race and even finished strong. I have just done sprint tri’s so far and the my big worry was the run – I really don’t know how hard I can bike and still have power left for the bike without cramping up.

This race really started three weeks ago when I did a long hard brick workout with the ProClub tri team where we biked 40 miles over the 7 hills of Kirkland course and then a 10k run. I managed to run 7k before my legs started cramping so something was wrong with my nutrition or speed on bike or run. The bike was really tough so my guess is that I just didn’t have fuel left in my legs and Coach Michael told me I should tri some salt tablets to keep the cramp away.

Time for Finish Strong Olympic Triathlon in Monroe, Washington

345 AM – what is going on, who is calling middle of the night, can somebody please answer that phone and turn off that sound … after a good oatmeal with bananas breakfast I packed the last things into the car and out Alan’s and my bike on the bike rack. Alan dropped by yesterday to drop of his gear so we could get a good start in the morning. We got up to Monroe at 530, right when registration and transition opened and it was totally dark but we could see that the lake was covered in a thick fog. Race was delayed 15 minutes to let the fog clear and when wave 1 started Alan and I together with another 25 guys supposed to start in Wave 2 were left on the beach as all men apparently started at the same time …

Swim course was a bit odd and actually must have been a little shorter than 1500 meters as after struggling a bit with astma and having to breaststroke to get air a minute or so I finished the swim in 19:25 which is maybe 4-5 minutes less than what I had expected on 1500. Lake was shallow and really warm and I thought I was going to strand as a big whale a few times during the swim as all in a sudden my hands hit the bottom. My swim was ranked 36th which is a bit disappointing but given that I was still holding my goggles waiting for next wave at the start. It was a good experience swimming through, over, under the crowd. T1 went good and with a couple of breathers with the astma inhalator I was as good as new and exited transition at 1:43.

I felt strong getting out on the little longer bike ride which I knew was going to pretty flat. Olympic distance should be 26 miles but this was 28. The bike race went ok and I felt good all the way .. too good actually, probably could have pushed a bit harder as I finished in 1:29 with average of just under 19mph on this flat course. I was worried about leaving enough juice in my legs for the run so took it easy.. next time I will push it more. During the bike I managed to get the right amount of nutrition with Gu Gel and salt tablets plus plenty of water.

Transition to Run was good at 1:08 and I started my run a bit fast as usual but quickly managed to control my tempo to a 8.30-8.45 minutes per mile tempo which I knew I could do over 6 miles. Legs felt fantastic and I really need to get some more cardio work done as my run tempo is limited by my lungs… off season work is going to so much fun. When I went through the goal/transition are for the second 5K the sun really started to heat up but the cheering from the crowd really helped. I stayed at a steady tempo and at 4 miles I heard a familiar sound behind me, Alan had caught me which I expected would happen during the run .. he is really fast on the run. I felt ok all through the run and managed to speed up a bit on the last mile to finish in 52.25 which probably is my fastest 10k. Next time I think I will run without having my speed and pace visible on my watch as I think I will run faster.

During the whole race it was great to see other ProClub Tri team athletes on the course and of course Denise cheering us on during the run after she rocked the sprint race. During the run I put up a minor goal to finish my first 5k before Jason H in the ProClub team (5th overall with 2.17) finished his second and last 5K …he passed me 100 yards before the 5K turn.

I finished the race in about 2.44:33 and according to Jason and others the total time for them was similar to a normal Olympic as the swim was a bit short and the bike was longer. Longer swim is better for me… I am really happy that I felt ok throughout the race and I know I left a few minutes on the course. New olympic race in three weeks and then I will decide in a couple of days if I will do the Black Diamond half ironman last weekend of September or just stick with another olympic.

Times compared to other races (swim distance this weekend is 0.75 in the table as I don’t know how long it actually was.). Link to the full results from this weekend on buduracing.com.

 

Swim 

Distance

Mph

Pace

T1

Issaqua Sprint

0:08:39

0.25

1.73

34:36.0

03:38

Cottage Lake Super Sprint

0:06:39

0.25

2.26

26:36.0

01:31

Whidbey Island Sprint

0:14:05

0.5

2.13

28:10.0

02:48

Finish Strong Olympic

0:19:25

0.75

2.32

25:53.0

01:43

 

Bike

Distance

Mph

Pace

T2

Issaqua Sprint

0:46:29

14.8

19.10

03:08.4

1:27

Cottage Lake Super Sprint

0:28:21

9.2

19.47

03:04.9

0:44

Whidbey Island Sprint

1:06:08

19.5

17.69

03:23.5

1:00

Finish Strong Olympic

1:29:51

28

18.70

03:12.5

01:08

 

Run

Distance 

Mph

Pace

 

Issaqua Sprint

0:28:07

3.2

6.83

08:47.2

 

Cottage Lake Super Sprint

0:12:51

1.6

7.47

08:01.9

 

Whidbey Island Sprint

0:30:12

3.8

7.55

07:56.8

 

Finish Strong Olympic

0:52:25

6.2

7.10

08:27.3

 

 

Time

Overall

Age group

 

Issaqua Sprint

1:28:18

218/374

37/66

 

 

Cottage Lake Super Sprint

0:49:31

13/230

3/11

 

 

Whidbey Island Sprint

1:54:14

67/219

5/11

 

 

Finish Strong Olympic

2:44:33

41/78

5/8

 

 

.

// Brjann

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