Afternoon - well the results got messed up. They listed me under the Olympic. Guess what - I came in dead last for the Olymipc race. Go figure. I sent an email to the company to have them score me correctly. As near as I can figure my time will wind up being 5:56:46 (give or take a few seconds).
Morning - I went down to the LBS to get my bike checked over. The brakes was an easy fix. All that needed was the main bolt to be tightened. AHHHH!!!! The mechanic said that from the wear on the pad I must have done more then 20 miles with the pad rubbing on the rim. I also had him check out the rest of the bike while it was on the rack. Turns out that my chain was trashed. He showed me the stretch gauge and what it should be like. Then he put it on my bike - oh yeah, time for a new chain. He doesn't think that the 'cassette' (the rear thingy with all the gears on it) needs to be changed just yet, but the next time I need to replace the chain it will be a good idea to replace it. I also bought new gloves since I lost the right hand one going into transition yesterday.
I swear that it was more then 56 miles!!
A total guess on the time. I forgot to stop the watch when I was done.
Yep, that's right. I made a last minute change and upgraded to the Half Iron distance. I'll save the details for my race report (which I will do when I get the official race results). Here are some of the quick summaries.
- Yes I peed in the borrowed suit almost as soon as I got into the water. - One of my fantasies came true - sort of. I was stripped by two beautiful women (thanks Karen!! I won't tell Johnathan)- I think that my accident on the bike a few days ago did indeed do something to my bike. I rode most of the distance with the front brakes rubbing against the wheel. - Having my BT family there to cheer me on was a wonderful experience Thanks to all that stayed or showed up to cheer me (and the other BTers) on. - Lesson learned - pack motrin. My back was sore on the bike ride. I thought when I got off it would ease up, but it was persistant for the first 6 miles of the run. - After the finish I took the oppertunity for the massage - my FIRST EVER. OMG did that hurt. When she was done she asked if I get any massage work done. "No - in fact you just gave me my first ever sports massage", I reply. "I can tell. Your calves and hips need some major work done and those were the only areas that I worked on." She did not offer her card so I don't think she was trying to get clients. I asked for one anyway - just in case I ever get a job again.- OH!!!! And I broke 6 hours on my first Half Iron!!
Once again. Thanks to everyone that showed up or stayed cheer us Half Iron people. It really meant a lot!
Oh what a horrible ride. That wind today was more brutal then normal. Or could it be that I am just more tired and sore then normal. The positive from todays ride is that I learned some important lessons.1) I don't need Marcy (dodgersmom) to get into a wreck. I can do that all by myself.2) When forced to ride on crushed gravel paths - SLOW DOWN3) Bridges don't move too easily4) I am so glad I am not one of those people that don't ride without a helmet. It sure protected me today.
So in case you could not figure it out. I had a collision with a bridge. I was cruising along nicely at about 20 or so on the crushed gravel path, thinking that this is going to be easy. Next thing I know the path take an immediate right hand turn and onto a foot path bridge - complete with 4' high steel sides. Well I tried to break down to a nice speed but the wheel locked and slid. I released the breaks to get control, but too late - into the side of the bridge I go. I am not sure how it happened, but I was sandwhiched between the bridge and the bike. I wish someone was there to get a picture of it. That would have been a great one to share. It took me about three minutes to untangle myself from between the bike and the bridge. Suprisingly, the I only got a few little bumps. And better yet the bike survived with only scratched up handle bar tape. The chain did not even come off. Realy suprising considering the bike was upside down on my back.
Got to love that tail wind on the way back.
My best guess on distance and time. I'll see if Google Maps can give me a better idea on distance.
Finally did an OWS swim today. Be sure I took the wet suit. OMG! was that water cold. As I was swimming on the leeward side of the lake I managed to endure quite a bit of the chop. My best guess at the distance was fairly close to what Gmap calculated. I am still reluctant to take the Garmin 305 into the water with me.
I'll be doing a bike a little later. I'm a bit drained from the cold water swim. I'll have to do it again tomorrow.
Not sure of the time
Evening - just finished a 10K. It's back!!! It was raining, the temps were in the 50s, wind was blowing at 15mph, and it was raining. I loved every minute of it. The first two miles were sub 8s and I felt good. I stepped it up and ran at BQ pace for the last 4.2 miles. My HR was a little high, but that is to be expected. Overall, a good run.
Okay, I am giving a best guess on the swim time. I think the time is low, but it really doesn't matter. What does matter is that I did the distance in the wet suit. My "wet suit" is over 10 years old and I used it a decade ago for surfing. Its the only wet suit I have and I'm too cheap to go buy a real tri wet suit (perhaps I'll get one after I get a job). So why swim in the wet suit? Well I am thinking of doing the OLY triathlon this weekend. I am fairly certain I'll be able to do the distance in the suit, I just won't be very fast - but then again - who is?