So after my last post about being tired and lazy about posting, I followed up by not even posting for the following week. The good news is I get two weeks of stuff to post, which hopefully means I have at least one interesting story to share (and I do!). Race season kind of sort of finally started, with an individual time trial at the end of the first week, and then a swim meet all day Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. As such, my numbers look a bit down, but thats okay.
S: 14,250 yarters, 350′
B: 166.34mi, 540′
R: 39mi, 325′
S: 10,750 yarters plus a bunch more warming up/cooling down, 187′ plus a lot more
B: 66.63mi, 210′
R: 37.74mi, 316′
I found out about the time trial a couple days before it was set to go off. It was just a quick 15k out and back, put on as part of the West Palm Beach Time Trial Series. Duckie told me that she was doing it, so after getting the approval from Brian (I’m sure he’ll be happy to know I just mis-spelled his name as Brain), I was ready to do it as well. After a long training day Saturday, I went to get my bike ready with race wheels and such. I’m pretty comfortable swapping out the brake pads on my SC at this point, but discovered that the screw that holds the pad into the shoe was stripped on one of my front brakes. After tinkering with it with no luck, I called over to the local bike shop. They closed in 10 minutes, so I hauled ass there to see what they could figure out.
About an hour later (shout to Wheels of Wellington for staying open late), I had a temporary solution. They had to dremel the screw out, so in order to hold the cork pad in place, I had used – what else, a zip tie – to tighten it down. Got the rest of the bike ready and off to bed.
The following morning I got there, got signed up, and warmed up. It was humid as balls. It looked like my bike was sweating after a 25 minute warmup. It was finally time for me to go off, and off I went, paying close mind to Brian’s instructions on the race. The race itself was very non-eventful, and over a 15k there (fortunately) wasn’t a lot of time for things to go wrong. I biked out hovering in the middle of my Threshold zone (314w), and once I hit the turn around, started cranking it up. I passed 3 people coming back, and held 374w (normalized) coming back. Overall, 339/347w, 27.1mph, 20:47.0. I won my age group by a lot, and was second overall by 20″, second to some guy in his mid 40s who, based on internet sleuthing, races as a local Cat 1/2 in the area. Can’t be too unhappy with a medal in my first race of the season, and hopefully the sign of a good season of rocking the W!
The following weekend was the Florida Gold Coast Masters swim meet in Ft. Lauderdale. My first ever swim meet, and I would be racing the the Wellington Wahoos, which is the masters group I have been swimming with down here. I registered for every freestyle event they offered over the weekend: 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1650, with a couple of relays as well.
Saturday was the 500 and then the 100. The 500 went by surprisingly quick, but in the last 150 I started to get water in my goggles, and while it didn’t directly slow me down, it certainly distracted me. I ended up with a 6:08.24, winning my heat (not impressive, as I gave bad seed times), and second in my AG. Splits as follows:
32.78 1:09.00 1:46.6 2:25.47 3:04.12 3:42.06 4:20.96 4:58.07 5:35.42 6:08.24
My 100 was fun, I felt like I was gonna die, and I broke a minute. That’s that.
Sunday started ass early with the 1650, which was super boring, but I felt pretty happy about. The 1650 and 500 are definitely events that I can drop a substantial amount of time in if I just learn to not swim like a sloth. I won my AG in this event, only because the kid that beat me in every other event (Tyler McGowan, you’re now on my hit list) didn’t race it. Okay, ready for these splits? (Hundred times are underlined).
32.95 1:10.13 1:48.88 2:28.63 3:08.5 3:48.38 4:27.92 5:07.78 5:48.21 6:27.82 7:08.11 7:48.41 8:28.69 9:09.01 9:48.66 10:28.99 11:09.71 11:50.26 12:30.85 13:11.63 13:52.08 14:33.00 15:31.91 15:55.04 16:35.75 17:15.76 17:55.42 18:34.38 19:11.46 19:49.14 20:25.81 21:03.73 21:36.4
So yea, technique and some pacing work, and just being able to better measure my exertion should help with that time. Next was the 50, which I did in 26.45. Nothing to report there. I took too many breaths. Last was the 200. Before racing, I talked with my coach about the race plan, and it reminded me a LOT of doing a 2k. Probably because it starts with a 2, and it’s halfway in between a sprint race and a distance race. I felt I’d do okay pacing this one since that was so familiar. We broke it up into 4-50s: 50 off adrenaline 50 coasting, 50 bringing in the legs, 50 last one fast one. The race went pretty perfectly according to plan, I remember being very very tired, and I also remember thinking at the 125 point, “you know, you’ve raced a lot, no one is gonna be mad if you just cruise home,” but I said fuck it we’re not ending like that. 2:09.5, second in my AG and second in my heat. My 100 splits were almost identical, and my last 50 was my second fastest of the race (okay, not last one fast one, but I didn’t have a dive!).
30.86 1:04.32 1:37.63 2:09.50.
All in all, a very fun experience, and something I definitely want to partake in again. As I told Brain/Brian after the meet, if I want to do better at it, I definitely need to get swimmer fast, not just triathlete fast. Or at the very least, not set a self-imposed ceiling of “triathlete fast.” I’m not sure what that entails for the future, but I like where I’m headed for the time being.