Saturday, November 13, 2010

Course and Bike Records fall at Turkey Tri.

The Turkey Tri is a pool 400 yard swim, 10 mile bike, and 3 mile run. 360 people were in the race.

Swim- 6:20 (1:35 pace) 12th overall. The pool was 88 degrees (normal pools 78-82) and the air right above was thick but there was also about a 10 second run to get in and then again to get out so prolly right around 6 flat for the swim. T1 was a slow 1:15 bc i had to run a long way in my built up bike shoes for my short leg bc there is no time to ride on the shoes and the grass was wet
and frosty earlier.

Bike- 26:16 (22.9mph) 1st overall. Beat the bike record so I finally have an official bike record. The course has three turnarounds and 2 big hill after left hand turns. There was actually some wind today so I was pretty happy. Ben Hoffman rode this course in the spring in 28:20 with T2 included (which he is fast at) and I went 41 secs so take what you will. All I know is that I went way faster then this spring (28:30) and it hurt accordingly. And it is a tri and he can still out swim-bike-run me any day of the week. Hills were about 360 ft of climbing (garmin says 560). The bike portion was 25:36 according to the garmin which was wicked fast.

Run- 17:41 (5:53 pace) This part hurt. My first out on the out-n-back was brutal. My upper diaphragm was killing me. I think I need to pull back and relax for just a tiny amount of time bc after the downhill coming back in I hurt but could push finally. Second half of run was much better.

Overall course record was a 52:18 (Previously the record was 53:55). Second place was 53:50 and third was 55:26.

I won a $100 gift cert to the running store. I know the guy who owns the running store and he is signed up for IMSG but doesn't want to do it. (No training and signed up on a whim the day after.) so I am gonna see if he would try and get his entry transferred to me as a business thing since he is big in the community and sells tri stuff so it would be good to have a representative. Any thoughts on this would be helpful.

I am super duper excited about the bike given the training I had been up to. I think the aero helmet helped to be honest. Glad to run like I did after that hard on the bike. On a side note I didnt fall asleep until like 2 something which is 4 hours later then normal. Don't think it affected me but in a longer race it would.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Big week with coaching.

Had my biggest week yet with a 12:34:00. Got in zero swimming bc I found out the pool is closed for highschoolers when I can go bc they tore down the only other pool in town. Anyway I hit 125 on the bike and 42 running. The best part is that I had a lot of efforts in there as well.

I am being coached this month by Daniel Bretscher from Indiana. I saw a opportunity on his blog for a free month of coaching and I thought it would be good for the both of us. I told him I wouldn't be able to afford to actually get coached but I think he is looking to refine his long distance coaching (seems like he does a ton of cool stuff for local people) and he hit a training lull so it seemed fun. Things are going good except for the pool thing. I may change things up a bit from prescribed this week bc of the race on Sat. He had Fri off which just doesn't work for me personally so no fault of his at all. I am also going to up the swimming since I have only been in the pool something like 10 times since early June. Just trying to get more times in the pool with easy efforts between workouts.

The best thing I have gotten out of coaching so far is it is nice just having someone to report to and then actually doing workouts instead of just miles.