I did my first triathlon race in May at Issaquah Triathlon and today I was back doing a tri on the virtually the same course. Excited to see how much I would be able to improve my result and I’m really proud of todays result. The Issaquah Sprint took me 1:28 to finish and I place 218 overall and 37th in my age group. Today I surprised myself with a 66th place overall out of 455 and 4th out of 32 in my age group but most importantly I shaved off 10 minutes.
Today was a lot of fun which started with a fast swim where I really tried to go all out and I kept a really good tempo at the front of my wave for the first 300 m or so but couldn’t keep it up all the way but a 6:32 swim gave me a really good start. Crowed at the end of the swim cheered a lot and I felt I was among the first out of the water, turns out my time was 28th overall and just 4-5 ahead of me in my Male 35-44 year old wave.
My lungs burned a good 10 minutes or so into the bike so I did start a little too hard but my plan was to test going all out on the swim and push hard on the bike and then endure the run as much as I can without using my watch to check my pace.
The bike ride was fun trying to stay ahead of the pack of wolf on their Tri bikes and for a while I felt like I wasn’t moving at all when all the top athletes passed me so quick I just felt the air as they swooshed by. Some of these guys started a bit too hard and I caught up with a handful but I ended up riding alone for the second half, in a vacuum behind the top and ahead of the racers that are human like me on the bike .. ie sub 20mph in average. At one point I even thought I had missed a turn somewhere .. where is everyone?
Second transition was pretty straight forward and on the run which is where I need to really work a lot on enhancing my lung capacity and endurance to be able to speed up a bit. It was passing time again and it wasn’t me passing anyone… I didn’t use my watch at all on the run as I wanted to see if would actually run faster if I didn’t have the watch showing the pace and it turned out I wasn’t any faster and it was annoying to not know how far I had left. I was really tired the last mile on the run and was so glad when I saw the finish and even happier when I noticed that I was going to come in at under 1.20. I didn’t really know how I had raced compared to others so when I checked the posted results I couldn’t find my name among the 200 that were posted … but I was checking the third and forth paper where I usually find my name not realizing that my name was listed as nr 66 on the first page not even 15 minutes after the winner.
YES , YES, YES – the early morning training sessions and all the hard work I have put in has really paid off. My goal for the races this season has been to be on the top 50% but today I really surprised myself and placed 4th out of 32 in my age groups.
Talking with my Pro Club Tri Team friends after the race it turns out we are 3-4 that might push each other into doing the Black diamond half ironman in 4 weeks – get it over with and really train for one of those races next season with a little experience from doing one..
View Results on Buduracing.com
|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||0.7||2.16||27:44.3||01:43|
|Lake Sammamish Sprint||0:06:32||0.25||2.30||26:08.0|
|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|
|Lake Sammamish Sprint||0:45:18||14.8||19.60||03:03.6||0:57|
|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|
|Lake Sammamish Sprint||0:25:41||3.2||7.48||08:01.6|
|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|
|Lake Sammamish Sprint||1:18:29||66/455||4/32|