Well, this recap is a bit overdue...almost a month actually. Like I wrote in my previous post (also a while ago), my life has become pretty busy as of late. Anyway, no excuses. Here's the recap!
I was a bit nervous for this race. Well, maybe nervous isn't the right word. Let's just say that my training had taken a back seat to some other important things (like the birth of my son!), so I felt as if I was going into this race very under prepared. The nice part of the whole thing was that I really had no expectations because I knew that life had happened, and there wasn't a lot I could do about it. I was just hoping to go out and have fun and do the best I could.
The race started at 6:30 am for the pros, and then my wave was supposed to start at 6:35. I had a very relaxed pre-race routine, not really having expectations and all. By the time I jumped in the water, I was feeling pretty ready to go, and was actually getting excited to see how the day would unfold.
|The Rock Star and me before the swim...looking nervous due to my lack of training|
The swim started and I just went ahead and started near the back. I really had done virtually no swimming (like maybe one swim workout per week) for the last couple months, so I was doing my best to not get in the way of the other people who had really put in the time. I seemed to get in a pretty comfortable groove quite quickly, and just kept to myself and motored my way through the one loop swim course. My final swim time was 40:33 for the 1.2 mile swim, which is pretty bad, even for me. I've never been a fast swimmer, but I'm usually a bit faster than this. However, I achieved my goal of getting through the swim without drowning, and actually felt really good when I exited the water.
I exited the water and made my way to my bike. I quickly changed and hopped on my bike to get the rest of this show on the road! I had decided that since I hadn't really trained, and had no real goals, I was going to push pretty hard on the bike and just see what happened. The beauty was that if I blew up, it was no big deal because I didn't have any goals!
|cruisin' on the bike|
This bike course is not the greatest. There's about a TON of turns, and a number of U-turns, making it pretty hard to get into a rhythm. There's virtually no straight aways, which means not a lot of holding that aero position for long periods of time. Oh well. I kept on pushing, avoided having any flats (last time I did this race I had 2!), and ended up with a pretty decent bike split. My time for the 56 mile bike course was 2:43:31, for an average of 20.55 mile per hour. I actually felt great when I got off the bike, and was ready to get on to the run, which is usually my stronger of the events. I hopped off my bike and ran over to switch my battle garb from biking to running.
I got off my bike and hustled on over to re-rack it, and quickly changed my shoes. This was probably one of the fastest transition times I've had. The time on my Garmin said 2:05, but I know it was actually a little quicker than that because I hit the "lap" button before I got off my bike, and forgot to hit it right when I left the transition area. Oh well. Off to the run!
By this point, I could tell that I was going to be pretty close to setting a new PR, which is totally not what I expected for the day. However, I knew that my run would have to pretty better than I was expecting. On the plus side, I was still feeling pretty good! I started the run and made a conscious decision to stop and walk for about 15 seconds at the first aid station. My game-plan was to run at a solid effort to each aid station and then walk for anywhere between 10-30 seconds at each aid station, giving me time to get in my nutrition and give my legs a bit of a breather. This was a 2-lap run, and I actually felt great until about mile 10. It was at this point that I could feel my lack of training, and really had to work to try and hold a pace.
|Thumbs up for feeling great so far!|
|The beginning of the second lap, and still feeling great|
|Throwing out some love to my support crew!|
By the time I finished up the second lap, I was definitely spent. I was way under-trained for this race, but I was still able to put up a decent enough effort to set a new PR! My fun ended up being 1:45:22 for the 13.1 miles, which was 8:02/mile.
I finished with a time of 5:13:55. This was good enough for 14th in my AG, 77th in the male category, and 93rd out of 666 total finishers! I was very happy with my effort, and couldn't have asked for a better day under the given circumstances.
After the race, however, I felt like crap. This is when I paid for the effort I put out, without being trained well enough. I was pretty nauseous, and couldn't really eat or drink anything. I occasionally get migraines, and I actually got one during the second lap of the run. Luckily, it didn't effect my run much, but the aftermath really intensified the nauseous feeling that I was having. But I'm proud to say that I still have a streak of no throwing up after a race! I'm sure that streak will end some day though...
Now it's time to get ready for by Boston Qualifying attempt! More details to come...