Sunday, July 27, 2008

Chisago Lakes Triathlon

I think triathlon is the only place where adults have there parents yelling, chasing, and cheering for them. It is fantastic.
It was a pretty nice morning and a pretty good day.
I pushed the swim hard, time was not great. It was good to go out and be aggressive.
I would like to continue to do that for the rest year. Bike was good. Run was a little painful, stomach hurt a bit. A little slower than I would have liked to go 7:30-7:45.
Race number 12 this year and all went well.
I am enjoying this year.

Swim (440 yards) - 9:18 (2:19 min/100yds)
T1 - 1:54
Bike (17 miles) - 45:39 (22.3MPH)
T2 - 1:09
Run (3.1 miles) - 24:25 (7:52 min/mi)
Total - 1:22:25
Age Group - 7 of 51
Overall - 68 of 779
Here is a comparison to 2007, I would say I was significanlty faster than last year.
Note: Bike was longer last year, but speed was up this year
Swim (440 yards) - 11:47 (2:41 min/100 yds)
T1 - 2:56
Bike (20.1 miles) - 57:16 (21.1 MPH)
T2 - 1:27
Run (3.1 miles) - 25:37 (8:16 min/mi)
Total - 1:39:02
Age Group - 17/55
Overall - 142/801

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Refocus or just Focus

Last weekend it was my 31st race (14 duathlons and 17 triathlons) in less than three seasons. So I am taking some time to reflect. It has been a great two and a half years of racing. I have learned a lot about myself, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have lost quiet a bit of weight, and I have gotten much faster and stronger, I still think I have a ways to go. I can get even faster and stronger.
Mentally, I learned that I can overcome pretty much anything put in front of me. The only fear I have faced is the bike at Alcatraz, and I don't consider that a big deal. I have not "hit the wall" or "bonked" during a race, so I have not had to deal with that mental/emotional situation, yet. I will deal with it when it comes. I have used the Tuesday Night Time Trials (T'N'T) to work on my mental toughness for the bike, and I think it has helped a lot. I think I need to improve my mental effort when I swim train, it is very difficult to do laps by yourself, 2-3 times a week. Running and biking, and just have to remind myself to remain focus, and not get lazy, which is not too hard. I think my biggest challenge is yet to come with the my first half-ironman in TX at the end of the season.
Emotionally it has been strange. I sometimes feel like crying before and after races, mostly out of happiness, which is a good thing. Occasionally out of lonliness, a desire to share this with some one else. Kind of like when I seen amazing and beautiful things by myself while traveling for work, I wish I could share the moment with someone else. Otherwise, all of this effort has had a very positive emotional, not to mention mental and physical, impact on me.
It has definitely made me a stronger person.
My friend Matt asked me wondered how I would handle it when I finally hit my physical limit, speed on bike, run, swim at any given distance. Not something I have thought about, not really sure it is something I need to think about. See what happens when it happens.
Another thing I would like to focus on a little more is writing more than just race reports and posting race pictures. Writing more things like this to it. Trying to be a little more creative with it. See what I can do.
I have 8 races left this season. Over the halfway mark, and I am still pretty excited. Training sometimes gets me down a little, but the race help motivate me. I still love it, I still want to learn more, experience more, do more. I think that is the most important thing. When that stops happening, then there is a problem.
So far there is no problem.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Heart of the Lakes Triathlon

Cool, kind of humid, foggy on the lake.  It was a very good day to race, and I had a very good race.
My fastest bike split, finally over 23 MPH in a tri.  Fastest run split over 5K.  I like this course and will probably do this race again.  
I had a good day.    
Swim (880 yds) - 16:42 (1:54/100 yds)
T1 - 2:57
Bike (21 miles) - 54:13 (23.2 MPH)
T2 - 2:02
Run (5.3 mi) - 40:58 (7:44 min/mi)
Total - 1:56:50
Overall - 151/460
Age - 14/39

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Lifetime Tri

It was kind of an average day, it felt worse than an average day.  Weather was pretty good.
Swim went well.  Bike hurt, legs were tired, neck ached, pains in my side (side stitch?), abdominal, stomach area.  Dropped water bottle, had to stop and pick it up, did not want a penalty and need the fluids.  Run hurt, much like the bike.  I was a little disappointed, but when I think about it and look at my times, it is really not that bad.  I wanted to do better, I think that is where the disappointment comes in, but it is gone.  It was a good day.  

Swim (1640 yds) - 31:53 (1:56 min/100yds)
T1 - 2:51
Bike (24.8 miles) - 1:12:49 (20.32 MPH)
T2 - 2:11
Run (6.2 miles) - 53:03 (8:34 min/mile)
Total - 2:42:07
Overall - 327/1148
Age Group - 51/156

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Minneman Surprise

It was a beautiful day, lately they have all been beautiful days.  Great course, I can see why this has been voted the top triathlon in MN the last 2 years.  My goal was to go under 1:15, I went 1:11 and surprisingly got 3rd in my age group.  Somewhat unexpected, I thought I would be competitive, but I didn't think I would get a top 3 finish. The Speedo Fastskin I got is fantastic.
Next weekend Lifetime!
Swim (.3mi): 10:19 (1:58/100 yds)
T1: 2:27
Bike (13 mi): 35:01 (22.3 MPH)
T2: 1:16
Run (3 mi): 22:32 (7:31 min/mi)
Total Time: 1:11:32
Overall: 45/350
Age Group: 3/30