It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

August 22, 2011

Oops I Did It Again!!!

PR That is!! 



Sunday, I competed in my 3rd Sprint Triathlon this Summer.  I had struggled with whether or not I was going to enter the race because it's exactly 2 weeks away from my Olympic Tri and this was my last weekend to  get in a long run and a long bike since I'll be in semi-taper starting next week.  But many of my girlfriends were doing the race and it's in my hometown of Lee's Summit.  I know the course because I swim, bike, and run there all the time.  So, I decided I would do it and just have fun, and use it as a trial run/training race for the Hyvee Tri.  I decided to keep my long run on Saturday but did scale it back a bit.  I did a 6.2 mile run Saturday, followed by a quick 500 Meter swim.  I had a pretty good training week this week, and with the long workout Saturday I knew I would be pretty tired going in to the race on Sunday.  I kept telling myself, this is NOT a race, it's a training opportunity.  It's ok if your times aren't that great.  It's a training race!  I really didn't expect to improve on my time from the previous year.......

BUT I DID!  I beat last year's time by 19 Minutes and 47 Seconds!!

I would really like to say that all of the 19 minutes were due to my awesome training, but I have to admit the swim was WAY short.  It was supposed to be 1/3 of a mile which is roughly 500 meters.  In my last tri I did 500 meters in 11:48, today I did it in 5:34.  Wow, I'm amazing!  Based on people's times we were estimating the swim was actually only about 250 meters.  How in the world they can be THAT far off I have no idea.   But unfortunately this is not the best run or organized triathlon. 

The good news is the run course and bike course were exactly the same, so I know I improved in both of those areas cutting over 5 minutes off my bike, and almost 6 minutes off my run.  I also ran my fastest 5K run (in a triathlon) finishing and the super fast pace of 11:29 per mile - but hey that's fast for me.

I'm still certainly not winning my age group or anything, but I am definitely improving and that feels great!  I was really starting to doubt myself and my ability to do this Olympic Tri in a few weeks, so this was seriously a huge confidence builder.  If I can finish this strong in a race after a full week of training, I should be ok for my big race....I THINK!


Me & Michelle with our race results - Michelle did AWESOME getting 5th place overall for the women's

Here's the race breakdown:

Race:  Jackson County Sprint Triathlon
Location:  Longview Lake, Lee's Summit, MO
Race Distances:  Swim - 500 Meters (prob more like 250), Bike - 12 Miles, Run - 5K

            Swim      T1     Bike       T2     Run      Total    
 2010   13:17       2:41   49:35    2:06   40:15    1:47:51
 2011   5:34         1:57   44:01   2:08    34:26    1:28:04 

               Place in Division (women's)    Overall Place (all genders)
2010        31/37                                   351/400
2011        17/26                                   249/334

My transitions could still get a little faster, although I did lose some time trying to find a place to rack my bike when I got back to transition to find that someone had put their bike in my spot.  SERIOUSLY???  I was pretty ticked.  It definitely cost me a few extra seconds.  I also know that my biggest weakness is definitely the run.  I was 200th place in the swim, 225th on the bike, and 299th on the run....UGH!  I have obvious improvement in all areas, but I have also improved in all areas.  Overall, I was VERY happy with my race. 

28 comments:

  1. Great job. Subtract the swim and you are still looking at 5 and 6 minute improvements on the bike/run portions which is awesome.

    Keep up the great work.

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  2. WOW!! Congrats on that huge PR!!

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  3. GREAT JOB!! Seriously!! What an AMAZING confidence builder for your Olympic Tri! You're gonna do great! My biggie is coming up in less than 2 weeks. I can feel the butterflies.

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  4. Congratulations!! what an improvement, almost 20 minutes.

    Im sure your first olympic will be a success.

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  5. Congratulations!!! You're going to do great in the Olympic!

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  6. Hooray for PRs!!!! Great job, Michael. Love the picture of you and your ladies!

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  7. HUGE PR! that's so great. All your hard work is paying off in a big way. congrats!

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  8. Michael, that's so awesome! Sometimes a race where you're not pressuring yourself about time is the one where you do best. (Of course all your hard work helps too. :^) ) Can't wait to hear about the big Olympic!

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  9. The improvements you have made in just one short year are SO INSPIRING! Congrats on the PR and thanks for always being such a great example to me. :)

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  10. WOW!!! What an improvement! I can't wait to here about your OLY!

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  11. Even ignoring the swim, that is a huge chunk of time to shave off your bike and run. KICK ASS.

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  12. That. is.. AWESOME!!!! Girl you are so ready for your oly!!! I can not wait to hear how you kick A$$ there!

    And as one slow runner to another...we just gotta keep trying... :)

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  13. Crap ... I don't really know how to tell you this, but that was my bike parked in your spot. I rode up to support you and then couldn't find you so I left. How ironic that I parked my bike in your spot ... hope it didn't cost you too much time. I was gonna take a pogo-stick, but a bike seemed faster. Sorry, I really blew it!

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  14. what do you mean OOOPS?!!!!!
    it is my like Yahoo! or Yeah!!
    fantastic Michael so happy for you!!

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  15. holy cow! major improvements all around!!!! even if the swim was only 250ish, you still improved your time by at least 30 seconds/100 yards!!! you rock!

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  16. Awesome job! Even if you add in like 5-6 minutes on the swim since it was short, you still have a 13 or 14 minute PR! You will do great in your Olympic tri!

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  17. Woohoo!! That is an awesome PR! Way to go!! :)

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  18. I have a big smile on my face reading about your PR. Yeah! You improved in everything! Yeah Yeah Yeah!

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  19. that is a HUGE improvement! CONGRATS!!! So awesome :)

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  20. awesome improvements!! doesn't that feel wonderful? congrats on your PR!

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  21. GREAT job!! Congrats on a new PR!

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  22. Congrats speedy mcspeederson! :) short swim, schmort schwmin. It counts!

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  23. There is no "oops" with a 19:47 PR, its a direct result of you training your rear off and on race day, you were rewarded for all your hard work

    Congrats

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  24. Congratulations on the great improvements, I am sure you will do well at the Hy-Vee Tri! It's hard to believe that it is coming up so soon!

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