Race Report: Craven-Geneki Pike Lake Triathlon

In summary I was pretty satisfied with this race. Despite it being my worst time of ever doing the race, I was happy to get back to racing. It has inspired me to get back into training.

You may be wondering what I mean by “get back into training.” I mean, aren’t I training like crazy for Ironman? The honest answer is No. I wish I could say differently, but the past 8 weeks have been a bit of a blur. I was sick with a bad cold for 3 weeks, gone away for a week, and then a difficult time with my mental health. I have been doing bits of training here and there, but nothing consistent and nothing that works on speed. I have about 10 weeks to change that before Ironman and last weekend’s race was just what I needed. Here is a summary of the past year’s results with this year.

Year Total Time Swim Bike w/transition Run
2011 3:12:59 (65) 30:37 1:36:18 1:06:05
2009 2:56:44 (65) 28:44 1:26:07 1:01:54
2008 2:52:25 (65) 26:56 1:26:12 59:17
2006 3:10:25 (60) 40:33 1:28:01 1:01:52
2005 3:07:03 (61) 35:29 1:31:32 1:00:02

Swim:
This was my slowest swim in a few years and I’m not exactly sure what happened. During the second lap, my mind started wandering and the next thing I knew I fell way behind the pack. Without even noticing it there were very few people around me and absolutely no one to draft off of. It was a disappointing swim, but it was faster than I thought it was. In my mind while I was swimming, I thought I was going to be the last one out of the water and I’d be around 35 minutes.
What I learned: Stay focused! Stay with the pack! Did I mention STAY FOCUSED! Focus on pulling pulling pulling. I don’t know how this left my mind, but it did.

T1 Swim-bike transition:
This was fine. I couldn’t get my wetsuit off because the timing chip was over it. It was super annoying. I got on my bike pretty fast. I probably should have left my socks off.

The Bike:
I felt good on the bike. It was the slowest bike that I’ve done and it was because I did not push myself at all. The power that I have had in the past just wasn’t there yesterday. Also, my bike computer stopped working on the second lap – somehow I managed to wreck the wire. I wasn’t really worried about it. I kept my RPM up and that is what I wanted to do. It was an out and back x2 and the wind made it so that it was a tail wind-head wind situation. I didn’t mind, though.

T2 Bike-run Transition:
This was fast and had no issues.

The Run:
I felt good on the run. The first half felt all right and I was pretty fast (for me) going 6 min/km. The first half of the second lap did not feel good at all. But the last half was awesome! My last km was 5:19 min/km and I wish that I could run like that all the time.

Overall:
This race was basically a training race with a little bit of a push. I know that I could have went harder if I had wanted to. I know this because I was not sore at all the next day. My lower back was a bit tight, but that is all. In the past couple of years I haven’t raced much and have kind of forgotten how to do it. It was good to get back into it before the half IM that was two weeks away. I’d like to get in a couple of open-water swims before that race. I do really like racing and I love cheering people on. It gives me energy and makes me smile. I love to see my friends do well in their races – I was super stoked for my buddy Navarra to have won second in the women’s race and for Carolanne to also rock the top 5! It was super exciting for me to watch them be so strong. It was also inspiring. I haven’t been inspired much the past couple of years, even though this winter I did do lots of training.

This race made me excited about training again. I look forward to my next swim, bike, or run. I look forward to sweating and huffing and puffing. I can’t wait to get going and racing and all of it!

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