Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fun triathlon in Prescott - time to get serious

The bike is my strongest event ... and it turns out that I have NOT lost my ability to climb at altitude on the velocipede. This was a fun race up in Prescott, AZ put on by TriFamilyRacing.

150m swim, 15 mile bike, 2.5 mile run.

Overall time: 1:15:38. 7th place overall and 2nd place in my age group. (35-39)

Before the race, there was a nice tribute, a Dan Candriel-sang national anthem and a moment of silence for the victims of 9-11. It was emotional.

The swim was better than usual for me because it was short. Rather than giving up minutes in the swim ... I only gave up seconds. Nonetheless my 3:18 time for the 150m swim was probably my fastest pace ever. I did not work super hard in the pool because I knew I was going to leave it all on the 15 mile - super hilly - bike course. I don't have topo output of the course, but it was a fair amount of climbing. I still averaged 16.4 mph on the bike. My run time was okay (6:51 mile pace) - but I was a little hindered by a stiff mid-back - on which I am getting some work done tomorrow. To perform this well at 5000+ feet is a confidence boost.

This week's training will be intense and I have been looking forward to it for about a month. I am going to try and do some sort of brick workout every day this week. On Tuesday, I am going to simulate the Olympic distance triathlon.

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