Jamestown Olympic Triathlon 2013 – June 8, 2013
Here is what my planned and my actual training looked like. As you can see, they’re two totally different things.
I guess I’ve never enjoyed sticking to a training plan. I prefer to pop in for an afternoon swim on a rainy day when I know the evening session is going to be crowded, or do a long run when it starts to drizzle and the cloud cover is significant, or do a long bike on a nice afternoon. The numbers on the left are my long run distances for that week. 10% rule baby.
As you can see, I planned to do a lot more running than usual to try to get my run times down. That didn’t happen. I also took a lot more rest days than planned.
My goals for the race were a 29 minute swim, 1:18 bike, and 53:00 run.
So here’s how it went.
The swim was open water in the James River. The water was a little cool (and dirty) due to the heavy rains the day prior. There was also a current as the swim got further out into the river. The race director let people know to start on the right side because the current would drag you left. I took his advise and maintained a pretty direct sighting line. Some people didn’t and put in more effort than required. Overall, I finished as expected, but a still a bit slower than I had hoped. I really wish I could work on open water swimming more because it is totally different than swimming laps in the pool. Perhaps I should head down to the shore one of these days and get my dad to kayak beside me to practice.
Final Time: 31:09
The bike course was mostly flat. I felt like I was pushing a pretty good pace most of the race. I wanted to push harder towards the end but felt a twinge of what could be a cramp coming on, so I decided that pushing it hard but then cramping up wouldn’t be worth it. My goal for the bike portion was 1:18 (maintaining a 19mph average). I actually finished a few minutes faster than that, and I barely trained for the bike. Go figure.
Final Time: 1:13:27
Just like the bike course, the run course was flat like a pancake. It was actually one of the nicer triathlon runs I’ve done, as a lot of it winded through forest paths and across expansive fields of wheat. It also helped soften the pounding that my knees would usually take. The heavy leg feeling wasn’t too bad after the bike and I ran what felt like negative splits. My goal for the run was 53:00 but I was a couple of minutes shy of my goal. If only I had followed through with all those planned track sessions and hill repeats!
Final Time: 55:09
At the end of the race, I had an awesome time. I did as well as I was hoping to and always enjoy finishing a great race. I took ten minutes off of my combined bike and run time from the last olympic distance race I did, and hopefully I can take ten more minutes off before my next race, Nation’s Triathlon, on September 8 in DC.