The frequency and intensity of my workouts has not been... uhh, er, well, let's just say that my training has been less frequent and less intense.
The swim went about as well as I could have hoped for. I set off in the middle of the pack and quickly moved over so that I was swimming a direct line out - just along the line of buoys. It got crowded a few times and I was kicked lightly but what else is new.
Heading back to beach I lost my line and veered off slightly. I corrected and ended up swimming shoulder to shoulder with another guy all the way to the beach.
My official time for the half mile swim was 15:16, a pace of 1:44/100 meters.
My T1 transition time was a bit slow at 3 and a half minutes. No real reason... I moved efficiently through the change - I just wasn't fast.
About 3 miles into the race I was just spinning along on a flat section of the course. I looked down and was only going 15 MPH.
"WTF, Josh! This is a race! Quit with the lolly gagging ya' effin' Nancy!"
Finally I engaged with the race and began working the bike. I dropped a couple of riders as the course made it's way into a long, twisting section of rolling hills. After 2+ miles of hairpin turns around blind corners the race makes a tight 180 degree turn on this time the turn goes up a hill. A 1.5 mile hill. And it is ALL UP HILL! Augh!
I passed a couple of guys going up the hill but my lack of proper training was catching up. I didn't have much juice left for the few miles back to transition. With about 3 miles to go the guys I passed on the uphill retook their positions ahead of me.
I cursed to myself and debated the merits of pushing too hard up a hill. I was awaken from my inner dialogue by the lead woman positively blasting by me! Geez, nothing left but a vapor trail, my deflated ego and my dropped jaw.
I rolled into T2 in 52:57 averaging 18MPH over the 16 mile course.
I ran out of T2 in under a minute and was on the 4 mile trail run when I was hit with stomach cramping again! I had to stop to stretch out my abs while holding back the urge to show my guts to the rest of the field... literally.
I finished the 4 mile trail run in 32:22 a pace of 8:06 per mile. I'm a little disappointed with this showing because I've run the same course at a 7:01 pace. Alas, my innards were out of it.
All in all I finished the triathlon in 1:44:53 which was good enough for 35th place and 4th in my age group. Full results are here.
I raced pretty well, finished with a strong kick and most important, I enjoyed every minute of it (even the near barf was good fun). So I can't be too unhappy with what is likely my last multi-sport race of the season.
Now I'll be focused on my next "A" race. Does anyone know a good 6-week training plan for fatherhood?
"Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance."