Swim was good. Navigation was spot on and drafted better than I have in the past. I have to admit, I was not sure how I felt for this race. Not as "pumped up" as I would have hoped. In fact, felt a bit tired during the last 1/3 of the race and wondered if I was going to have a bad day.
Average T1. I got stuck behind a lot of cyclist trying to get out of T1 who SEEMED to be satisfied with walking out when I wanted to run through T1 (but no room to pass)
Fastest time in T1 of my division! lol!
I thought the bike felt pretty good. I felt pretty strong and didn't feel like I got passed up THAT much. I seemed to be in a solid Z4. Maybe too hard, but I was successful with that last weekend, so decided to try it again.
Dropped my chain once and had to pull over to get it back on. That sucked. Lost about 30 seconds or so?
Typical transition. I was first in my division again! If there were division awards for transitions, I would clean up! It's funny, because I don't think I'm doing anything fast. Just changing. I even start to wonder what's taking everyone so long. Transitions are simple.
What would you do differently?:
Not struggle with racking the bike.
I felt a bit sluggish on the run. It could have been the fact the first half was all up hill OR, I may have pushed too hard on the bike. I KNOW I didn't drink enough on the bike.
The return trip after the turn around was MUCH faster. I was averaging 9:20 min/mile on the way out, and almost 7:30/mile on the way back.
I was third in my division BUT, only 21 seconds faster, so I was right up there.
What would you do differently?:
Drink more on the bike.
Slammed down some water and immediately got in line at the massage tent. My guy was terrific! Must have worked on me for 30-45 mintutes! I felt great afterwards!
Indulged in a beer at the beer tent and had the pasta dinner they offered to the athletes.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Weight and perhaps going too hard on the bike? Still trying to decide. Also, need to drink more. I did well with drinking the weekend before, but not this race. Got one less bottle in me than I wanted.
When I was done with the massage and eating, I decided to check the results that were posted. According to those, I was third in my division! YAY! I was going to get more hardware! SO... I stuck around to wait for the awards ceremony. When they FINALLY got to my division, when they annouced who was third, it wasn't me!!!! Apparently, they put the third place guy in the wrong division and he straigtened it out and JUST squeeked out third and beat me by 49 seconds.
As a side note? If he was 200 lbs, he was like 205. The guys that were 1st and 2nd were legitimate clydesdales, but third? I don't know. But if he was over 200 he was over and them's the rules, and I just need to get faster!
Honestly? I was sort of banking on getting hardware to prove myself... to myself becuase I was not very happy with the overall time. I have been faster on one occasion and I thought I have done a LOT more work this year with the training and the weight loss... So for several days, I was a bit dejected with my results...
HOWEVER, once I got in and studied them and compared them to the past? I shouldn't be too upset. My best time was only 2 minutes faster in St. George, which is a faster course I think.
I had my fastest swim time EVER in an Oly.
I had my fastest bike pace EVER out at Lake Mead.
I had my fastest run EVER in an Olympic length race.
Also, I seemed to have moved up in my overall rankings and division rankings. SO, I guess I can't complain! I just need to drop 20 more lbs and get a bit more fit, and I will be there.
As a side note, hung out with fellow BTer Jim Cruse for most of the pre/post race. Good times! Nice to catch up and shoot the shit! ;)
Last updated: 2011-03-30 12:00 AM
BBSC Endurance Sports
75F / 24C
Overall Rank = 69/227
Age Group = Clydesdale 40+
Age Group Rank = 4/10
I wanted to repeat the routine I did the week before at the XTERRA in which I had a good race. So, early to rise, casual breakfast of granola bars and a spot of coffee, a stop at a McDonalds to hit the rest room to avoid the lines at the race, etc...
Once again, I was a one of the last to show up, so had to park FAR away, and needed to beg for space at the bike rack. And once again, people taking up WAY too much space than needed...
PLEASE NOTE: My actual splits are correct, but my ranking overall is a bit sketchy. The race results posted are a bit sketchy with lots of missing data and missing split times. So I'm sort of estimating and assume I'm 1-2 people off in my overall standings. My division rankings are correct.
None! Got sidetracked talking to Jim Cruse, and ALMOST missed our start! We looked up and saw our wave in the water, with only 3 mintues before the gun! So it was a mad dash to get to our positions and goggle/cap on.