Lead up: The race was two weeks after Bassman, but it was a long sprint/short international distance race (.6mi, 20mi, 4mi), so it wasn’t going to be very taxing on the body. More importantly, it had two things that made it awesome: 1. it was being held in my hometown (nothing ever happens in my hometown). The bike course went past my elementary school and some of the houses of my best friends, and the swim and run happened in a facility that I had camped in when I was a kid. 2. it had a unique race category called “Battle of the Sexes.” For those entered, the women were given a 10 minute head start at the swim, and then the men began to chase them down, and the first 5 individuals across the finish line won cash: $1000 split: $500, $250, $150, $75, $25. So with money on my mind, I drove up with a friend on Friday evening, and slept in my bed at my parent’s house.
Swim: After watching the women go out first, I got in the front of the swim group and we went off. I move away from the pack pretty quickly, but was aware that Doug Clark, a super fast local guy, was off to my right, along with someone else who I didn’t know. The swim was pretty non eventful, just a rectangle swim, and as I approached the beach I could see there were three ahead of me. Wasn’t sure where the third came from, but oh well.
14:20 per my watch, Garmin data here, 4th OA
Stuff: blueseventy Helix, blueseventy Vision goggles
T1: Nothing to report (recall), so thats good.
Bike: The bike was an out, lollipop, and back through rolling hills. The 4 of us came out of transition pretty quickly, and rode the course fairly aggressively. There was a gradual climb in the first couple miles, and I used that time to move into 3rd and then 2nd. Since it was a shorter race, I had more freedom to do what I wanted on the bike, so I got to a wattage that felt good and just went with it. It seemed pretty clear that I was going to be fastest on the climbs (or I was unwilling to back off), and the other three guys were gonna push more on flats or downhills. We slowly started picking off women, and as we passed woman going up hill, I asked what place she was in, she said 2nd and that the 1st place girl wasn’t far ahead. We caught her too just as we passed my elementary school, and at around this time I moved into 1st. Once we passed the school, it was essentially downhill/rollers the rest of the way home for the last 8 miles, and around mile 15 the three guys behind me had all moved in front and gapped me by a bit, but I didn’t want to push a ton of watts to go downhill, so I let them go. They turned into the park 1-2-3 about a minute ahead of me, and I prepared myself for the run.
51:24 per my watch, Garmin data here, 4th OA.
Stuff: Trek SC 9.9, Quarq, Zipp 808/Sub 9, Zipp Tangente tubulars, ISM Breakaway, speedfil A2, Powerbar gels, Rudy Project Wingspan, Edge 500
T2: Slipped on my shoes sans socks (OKAY!), and off we went.
Run: The run was the same as the bike: out, lollipop, back. It was on park roads and paths. I didn’t see the three guys until the lollipop (I was starting it and they were finishing it), which meant I was about 1/2 mile behind them. They were definitely red-lining, and I couldn’t tell which of them was looking strongest, and none of them looked weak. I didn’t have anyone close behind, and pretty quickly I just decided to go into cruise mode Crossed the finish line in 4th, relatively happy with the day.
26:45 per my watch, Garmin data here, 4th OA
Stuff: KSwiss Kwicky Blade Lights, Oakley M-Frame, Powerbar gels, Garmin 910xt
da end: 1:44:29, 4th OA, $75. MOOLA!
The guys that went 1-2-3 were separated by almost exactly 1 minute, with me 4′ back of them. So, in theory I would have had to come into transition ~2′ up on them, and then still been pushed the whole run course to stay in front. Maybe next year! After the race, got some food, cheered for Greg as he earned a podium spot in the elite wave. Finally, got my cash money, drove 10 minutes to get home and shower (boom!), and then enjoyed the rest of my weekend.
As always, a big thank you to the folks that help me make this happen: Wattie Ink., and the team sponsors: KSwiss, blueseventy, Powerbar, ISM, and Speedfil, my coach Brian from Accelerate3, Greater > Than for help in recovery and looking fly, and Philly Bikesmith for all my bike maintenance and care!