Subject: RE: Completed - First 70.3
Originally posted by jdwyer02 I have always came on here asking questions or creeped on everyone else's questions. For a good reason. Finished my first 70.3 with a lot of help from these forums. So I thank all of you dearly. So much great advice. Now, I should specify that I'm a day away from 39 and the only triathlon I've done was a Sprint where I almost quit during the swim. But I trained hard on the swim and absolutely crushed it at 43 minutes, for me at least. I know it's a below average finish time but at 7:00:12 but I am on very happy with myself. The run was a little harder than expected. Cheers!!
I did a duathlon in 2002 with no training and a sprint triathlon in 2008 with only run training since I didn't have access to a pool and didn't have a bike. I did my first real Triathlon in 2015. I got a bike, joined a gym, and did a local 70.3 race. At age 37 my finish time was 7:02:22. You beath my 70.3 debut by more than two minutes. 7 hours is a good effort for your first 70.3.
I was thrilled with how well I did in my first 70.3. I did a 70.3 every year for the next 4-5 years. Each time I raced I PR'd taking off about 20 minutes each time.
Yes...the run half killed me the first 2 years of doing 70.3 races. I was expecting to run them about 10 minutes slower than my open half marathon time but they were about 40 minutes over my open half marathon time and were a real struggle. I now don't care how slow I run the first half of the run as long as I can run the second half faster. I usually feel like I am walking the first half of the run but when I look back at the splits I see that I am actually pretty close to my open half marathons pace. When I hit the halfway turn around is when I start to focus on a race pace for the run. If I have sufficiently sandbagged the first half of the run I can negative-split the last half, but I often find that after sandbagging the first half that I am still slower on the 2nd half. It isn't by much through due to trying to go slow the first half of the run. It took 3-4 years but my run times are now around 10 minutes over my open half marathon times.
Glad to hear you completed your 70.3 and did well on it. I found BT when I was training for my first 70.3. It was a huge part of what got me through my first race, and many races since then. :-)