My first race is officially over. I made it! The Santa Cruz International Olympic distance triathlon went very well, I thought. Thanks must go out to my wife for coming along and helping.
My initially time reports (estimates for swim) are 24 minutes (1 mile ocean), 1 hour 17 minutes bike (23 mile) and 1 hour 1 minute for 10K run. My goal was to break 3 hours and I believe I did by over 10 minutes including transitions.
Here’s a recap of each part. Fir the swim, it was definitely a good thing to get in the water and “warm up” if you can imagine. It was cold. Probably mid 50s. I got used to it after a while. Then the first wave was sent off. These were the under 35s and pro/elite men. Not me. I went off in the next wave 10 minutes later. A beach run start. Fun.
After making it to the first buoy, I thought I was taking it out a little too fast so I tried backing off. Good idea. I sighted really well to the second buoy. It seemed to be a long ways away. I was seriously regretting not swimming enough earlier in the week. Not to mention the heavy feeling of the wetsuit. It was a challenge.
So we swam into the beach to make a turn to repeat the lap if swimming. While getting back into the water a guy got knocked over by a way which in turn took me out too. Damn current! Oh well. I seemed to get my swimming mojo back on the second lap. I kept saying to myself “remember I was a distance swimmer.” After hitting the first buoy again sighting became a challenge because all of the colored caps were mixing in with the buoy. Oh well keep swimming I said. And I did all the way back to the beach.
This is where it got “fun.”. We had to exit the beach and run a long way to the transition area. I’d say a quarter mile? Oh well, it helped get all the sand off. While running to T1 a rather large guy with plenty of tattoos passed me and said “good job big guy, keep it up.”. If he’s big to me, I must be …
Off to the bike. T1 was quick. Slammed a Hammer gel and took off. Good thing I rode the course because the mist had come down and the roads were really wet and slippery. I had 4 loops to do and I felt stuck to the road. I counted 8 people changing flats. I was glad I wasn’t one of them.
I felt okay on the bike but not great. My hamstrings felt tight and I couldn’t loosen them. Probably needed to raise my saddle? Trying that for my recovery ride today. We’ll see. While on the bike, I got passed by guys who were flat out moving! I cursed them silently of course. I did pass quite a few however so that made me feel good.
So now that the ride is coming to an end, I made my way to T2 and did well to get out of it in under 2 minutes. I know because of my new Garmin watch. Fun little toy. I had it mounted on the bike and decided to simply carry it for the run. Good idea. I didn’t need to fuss with the strap and could easily see it. If the run was longer, a strap would help, I guess. I did forget to take off my gloves. No worries though.
The run was up and down. I paced a 68 year old for a while. I wanted to break a hour for the 10K. I struggled between miles 2-3 with a side cramp but with some deep exhaling I got it under control. I saw my pace setter getting farther ahead. I did manage to hold under 10 minute miles so I was pleased. Yeah!
After the turn i splased and drank a little cold water. Good idea. It woke me up. Between miles 4-5 I was feeling better and caught and passed my pace setter. A matter of pride I would say. I think I made my kick a hair too soon because the last half mile hurt something fierce. I guess it’s supposed to however. I think I finished strong and beat my goal time. It’s not official but I think I was in around 2 hours 48 minutes. I know I broke 3 hours.
I felt really great after crossing the finish line. I liked getting my medal from a little 5 year old. It was cool and all in all it’s something I will do again. This race was small and really well done.
Now it’s off to train for my half Ironman that’s in September. I’m volunteering at the November Arizona Ironman In hopes of entering this for November of 2011! That’s my ultimate goal!