Subject: RE: Caseville Olympic Triathlon race report
Yesterday I competed in my first Olympic of the season. For all extensive purposes it went well. Exceeded my expectations on every aspect of the race.
I arrived onsite about 6:20am. Looked at the water and it had a light fog off to the distance but could see all bouys and the water was about as calm as Lake Huron can get. Seeing this, I decided to stay with my Olympic distance and picked up my race packet, body markings, and setup my transition area. It was excesssively humid so I went against my rules of liquid intake before a race and took in extra fluids. Attended the prerace meeting took one last trip to the bathroom before zipping up my wetsuit and lining up for the mass in water start.
The swim took place about 50 yards offshore and I was the last swimmer counted in at 54 for the Olympic distance. I lined myself up in the middle of the other competitors and took off with the horn. The swim was a rectangle format and we had to swim around our set of bouys 2x before coming into transition. I clocked into T1 one at 30:45, thinking I did great but then I was only middle of the pack and 4 of 5 in AG. T1 went well. I was able to get the wetsuit off faster than I have in the past and was running out to the bike leg.
The bike route was a flat and fast out and back course. The only issues I faced on the bike leg was my visor condensating making it very hard to see and eventually gave up on it clearing up and set it out of my field of view. I past a few riders, not as many as I’m accustomed to and I looked at my pace it was still about 20 mph so not sure where everyone was. Finished the ride without issue, entered T2, guzzled some more Gatorade and GU, laced up, grabbed my belt and sunglasses and onto the run. Bike leg was officially 1:13:02.
The run was the leg of the race I feared going into this race. Even though my focus going into the race was the run I knew I would go hard on the bike and pay for it on the run. Once out of T2 I settled in to a 8:31 pace for the first mile followed by 8:21, and 8:17 and then I slowly started to fall apart. The sun came out and the air had minimal movement. I managed 9:03, 9:32, 9:26 the last 3 miles. Was able to pick up the pace to finish the last .2 miles in 1:36 for a final run time of 54:46.
My fofficial time was 2:42:06, good for 3rd in AG and 21st overall. In the end I’m glad I stayed the race I signed up for and had fun. Happy with my performance and have some ideas where to focus moving forward. Had some time to chat with friends/competitors I haven’t seen in awhile and finished the day on the beach with my family.
Hope everyone is doing well. Been kinda quite around here.