It should have been the Vineman 65.3 race report – I would have had a better race. Timberman 70.3 is in 26 days, I’ll improve there. I have to.
Here’s how I did vs. Oceanside 70.3 and my goals
41:26 – goal, 38. actual: 39:26 – there’s another 2 mins still in me this season, Timberman goal: 37-38
2:46:29, goal 2:30, actual: 2:33, there’s another 5 mins, Timberman goal <2:27
1:43:49, goal <1:40, actual: 1:39, there’s another 5-7 mins, Timberman goal: <1:35
5:17:34, goal ?, actual 4:56
I was 38th in my division, at Oceanside I was 89th. I gained 18 positions with my transitions overall and 5 in my age group. Avg for the T1 was 4:45 (I was 2:14) and avg for T2 was 4:27 (I was 2:24 AND I put on socks).
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Let’s start off with the excuses:
- I crashed on Wednesday – I must have whacked my head really good because on Thursday I had a headache all day, I was nauseated and I had a hard time putting thoughts together. By Friday AM, I couldn’t even hold a conversation. It hurt to think. Oh, and I got all bruised and hurt.
- I slept on the floor Sat night and probably slept 30 mins. I just couldn’t get to sleep, so I stayed in my ‘restful’ place as much as possible.
Not great excuses and I don’t think they really mattered much, though I’m hopeful the crash did matter and that in <4 weeks at Timberman 70.3 I’ll do better.
The swim was fine – it was 71 degrees, but I think that was Celsius. It was hot. Luckily 3 times I was swimming along and could touch the bottom with my hand, I looked up and about a dozen or so guys were just running, so I ran. It felt good to swim and run – but later I found out when you run in a river on rocks you can bruise your feet.
I had a great T1, passing about 10 guys who jog to their bikes as well as the 4 guys sitting on the carpet stripping their wetsuits. For the first time in a race I used Alcis – it’s a pain relief cream often handed out at races around here. It is THE best for getting your suit off. I had the arms off easily and the legs I got doing the Ben Collins dance – which is sort of a step pull, step pull and the legs are off. It’s about 3-5 seconds. Because we had to have our stuff sent over to T2, you had to actually pack up all of your stuff in a labeled bag that they’d bring to T2, about 15 miles away.
I passed another 5-6 guys on the run out and leapt onto my steed. I rode pretty easy getting settled in for the first 10 miles. The course was nice – I don’t look around much but noticed some vineyards but mostly hills and crappy pavement. At times I couldn’t see – I was just rattling along hoping for a little magic carpet tarmac. The hill was not really a hill, there were lots of hills but ‘the big one’ was about 2 mins long. My hamstring kept sending down these awful waves of pain down my leg into my knee and calf. A few times I just had to coast and stretch, I probably did that 5-6 times. I held a pretty decent 22mph pace, at one point around 22.3 but that dropped to about 22.0 by the time I got to the end. I was passed by 2 guys around mile 48. I got into T2 and saw about a dozen bikes at most, maybe less. Maybe I missed a few racks. I was 22mph at the end.
The run started great – I went out with the guys who was 3rd on the swim and we ran perfect <7 min miles together until I had to make a quick pee stop at mile 6. This is when the flat with 2 hill run (WHICH IS A HUGE LIE) got the better of me. I ended with 7:33 miles, which is 22 secs faster than my run at Oceanside. So I did improve.