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.