Been a while since I blogged, and I'm not going to say I'm committed this time but have been having some fun with Triathlon lately so I figured I'd get my thoughts written down.
I've been at the training for about 3 months now and have had a few races to keep me going as I march towards a major goal of completing Ironman Canada at the end of the summer. I had a good duathlon about a month back and then another horrific swim at the wine capital of canada Olympic distance race a few weeks ago but a decent bike and solid run. Cue 12 swims in 3 weeks and onto the Oliver Half Ironman this past weekend.
Swim : 2k 37:01... My first triathlon swim without 'incident' i.e. panic, felt relaxed and easy the whole way and apparently the course may have even been a bit long. Still lots of work to do to get faster here in the years ahead but it is such a relief to know that I can enjoy a swim in a triathlon.
T1: 500m or so run to transition... passed a lot of people, this kind of transition is right in my wheelhouse. More running = better for me
Bike: 93k 2:26:28... feel controlled the whole way, good nutrition, rode within myself as the run was still to come and it was a HOT day out (30 degrees) considering the mild spring we've been enduring. Only hiccup was when I got on my bike to find my right forearm pad was snapped and I'd be riding with a major annoyance of trying to balance by forearm on what was left of the pad for 2.5 hrs.
T2: A bit slow because I decided to take the time to finish all the liquid on my bike before heading out on the run. I hate drinking as I run through aid stations.
Run: 21.1 k 1:23:16... 2nd fastest run of the day and felt pretty good the whole way but it was certainly too hot to take any chances on this run. I heard from people with Garmin's that the run was over 22k which would explain why my last km took well over 6 mins as I was picking it up to the finish line! Didn't I say something about more running = better for me? I take that back!
Overall: 7th place, 4:31:32... A 13 min improvement on 2 years ago (spread across all 3 disciplines) and in much more difficult conditions. Very pleased with this result. I'll let the soreness subside and then build up for IMC... but I think this triathlon bug will have me on a couple more start lines between now and then.
The plan: Swim, Bike, Swim, Bike, Swim and a touch of run
Thanks for reading. And thanks for cheering out there (to the only person who will read this blog...)
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