I just wrapped up my final pre-season race with a relatively disappointing performance, though it provided a lot of insight that will prove beneficial for the start of my competitive season in two weeks. It was pretty cool being able to compete in a summer race series, because I was very familiar with the course by the third time around, and it also made for a solid benchmark in measuring my fitness. This was my first race of the season in a full time-trial kit on the bike, so I was particularly curious in regards to how fast I could go in a very aerodynamic setup. Additionally, my confidence in the open water was at its highest point coming into the race. Thus, I was eager to start at the very front and try to come out of the water without too much of a defect on the leading swimmers.
I just got back from a solid performance at my second pre-season race: Tri for Fun #2 in Pleasanton, CA. This is the exact same race/course that I did in June, so I was very familiar with the 400 yard fresh-water swim. 10.5 mile bike, and 5K run.
I came into the race with an ambitious (but realistic) goal of breaking the 1 hour mark, which would give me a 7+ minute improvement on last month’s effort. My preparation for this event was much more substantial than the last: I spent a lot of time training at race pace/effort (across all three sports), I’ve been doing open water swim training, and I did a solid session of transition drills last night. And of course, I have MUCH more fitness now than I did five weeks ago. Continue reading
I just got back from Tri for Fun, my first triathlon in more than a year! I came into this race with simply one goal: push myself in order to re-familiarize my mind/body with the pain that hard racing brings. In short, I accomplished that goal! However, I hit a few walls along the way, and by the end of the race I had found the experience to be quite humbling!
The event took place in Pleasanton, CA, and consisted of the following individual legs: a 400-yard fresh water swim, a flat 11-mile cycle on closed roads, and a 5K run on local trails. I had planned to swim comfortably hard, given that it was my first open-water swim in quite a while. On the bike, I had a goal to hold approximately 93% of FTP; however, given that this was my first race with a power meter, I was simply interested in seeing how I could use the data during (and after) the event. Finally, given my lack of run training, I planned on running at my typical training pace and then bumping my speed up if I felt okay. Continue reading
This weekend I participated in Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, which consisted of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, and 13.1 mile run [total of 70.3 miles]. Although this is technically my second long-distance triathlon, this is my first Ironman-branded race. This made it a highly interesting experience: there were more than 2500 competitors on race-day [3000 registered], and the entire city of Oceanside made accommodations for the race. Although I paid a lot of money for this event and it is without a doubt the most competitive race I’ve entered, I tried not to make a big deal about it. I looked at the race as an opportunity to enjoy myself and attempt to execute a “perfect” race plan. I did all the math beforehand to ensure my diabetes would not be an issue on race-day, assuming my race went according to plan.
Today, I executed a near-perfect race at TCSD’s first triathlon of the season. The event was situated at Fiesta Island, and consisted of (what would be) a 1000 yard (~0.57 mile) swim, a 20km (12.4 mile) cycle through the southern loop of the island, and a 4 mile run through the northern loop of the island. This was an excellent opportunity for me to redeem myself from a poor performance at last month’s Tritonman Triathlon (also located on Fiesta Island) where I nearly froze to death.
Concordia University put on a “St. Patrick’s Day” 5K today in an effort to raise funds for the school’s cross country and track programs. I didn’t plan on doing this event until I realized that the Coaster 10K was sold out, and I really wanted to get in another stand-alone running event to gauge my current fitness. Interestingly enough, this was my first legitimate 5K (3.1 miles), though I ran 3-mile races all the time in high school cross country (my last race was in November 2011).
(pictures will be posted as they become available)
TCSD hosted their march Duathlon today in Carlsbad, CA at the Coaster train station. This event was a run-bike-run, consisting of the following individual legs: a 2.25 mile run through residential areas, a 20km [12.5 mile] cycle up and down the coast, and another 2.25 mile run through residential areas.