Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
- 1st 500 yds: 10:35.5 (warming up)
- 2nd 500 yds: 10:13 (better, switched alternating breaststroke/freestyle for the rest of the swim)
- 3rd 500 yds: 10:03
- 4th 500 yds: 9:48 (really cooking here)
- 5th 500 yds: 10:05
- 6th 500 yds: 10:13 (just over an hour for 3,000 yds - not too shabby!)
- 7th 500 yds: 10:27 (getting tired)
- 8th 500 yds: 10:18 (DONE!)
Friday, 6/25/10 - 3,000 yds in 1:02:31 (almost two minutes faster than last Friday)
- 1st 500 yds: 10:20
- 2nd 500 yds: 10:17
- 3rd 500 yds: 10:22
- 4th 500 yds: 10:30
- 5th 500 yds: 10:31
- 6th 500 yds: 10:31
- 1st 500 yds: 10:47
- 2nd 500 yds: 10:58
- 3rd 500 yds: 11:08
- 4th 500 yds: 10:40.5 (alternating breaststroke/freestyle for this and the remaining sets)
- 5th 500 yds: 10:28
- 6th 500 yds: 10:27.5
- 1st 500 yds: 10:34 (freestyle)
- 2nd 500 yds: 10:51.5 (freestyle)
- 3rd 500 yds: 10:57 (freestyle)
- 4th 500 yds: 10:05.5 (alternating breaststroke/freestyle)
- 5th 500 yds: 9:53 (alternating breaststroke/freestyle)
- 1st 500 yds: 11:03 (freestyle, wow - so slow!)
- 2nd 500 yds: 11:09 (freestyle)
- 3rd 500 yds: 11:22 (freestyle)
- 4th 500 yds: 10:39 (alternating breaststroke/freestyle, faster - but still slower than normal)
- 5th 500 yds: 10:39 (alternating breaststroke/freestyle)
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
My St. Patrick's weekend tradition - a sprint triathlon in Keller. :-)
Another Dallas Athletes St. Patrick's Day Sprint Tri is in the bag. This was my third time doing this race and the sixth time that I've raced this course - a 300 meter pool swim in the Keller ISD Natatorium, a 12 mile bike ride, and 5K run on the Bear Creek trails.
Here are my splits:
- Swim: 5:42.8 (123rd)
- T1: 1:23.9
- Bike: 34:48.9 (20.7 mph average, 41st)
- T2: 1:08.4
- Run: 24:05.7 (7:46/mi pace, 159th)
- TOTAL: 1:07:09
Another finish in the top 10% of the field and this is a new course PR by over a minute - my previous best time was a 1:08:16 at the 2008 Monster Tri. Needless to say, I am very pleased.
Full results at http://results.active.com/pages/page.jsp?eventID=1846565&pubID=3
Garmin Connect info - Bike: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/26991954
Garmin Connect info - Run: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/26991962
I arrived at the transition area fairly early (one of the benefits of living very close to the race venue) and was able to get into transition and get bodymarked without delay. I saw Melissa (doing her first triathlon) and Tyler as she was getting set up in her bike rack and met with Elizabeth, Steve and Archie as well.
After grabbing my chip and a last-minute transition area check, I headed to the pool for a warm-up swim. Said hello to spin-classmate Eddie and did 4 laps (200m). Was winded despite trying to keep the pace nice and easy - still too fast! Another reminder that perhaps the best reason to do a swim warm-up is to remind yourself how painful it will be if you go out too fast at the start. :-P
On to the actual race. After waiting for the approximately 200 swimmers before me, I got into the water at about 8:06 - about 27 minutes after the first swimmer.
The swim itself went very smoothly (except for the approximately 27 minute delay before I got into the water :-P). I was almost perfectly seeded - I only got passed by one person and passed two people myself - and experienced very little congestion in the swim lanes so I guess the wait was worth it.
T1 was pretty fast for me. The weather was cool, but not cold enough (for me) to have to take the time to put on a top. Grabbed two SaltSticks so that I wouldn't experience cramping, but decided to forgo taking a gel.
The bike out/in was laid out a bit differently versus in past years - winding past Keller Town Hall before the right turn onto Bear Creek Parkway. I think it actually made it a bit slower to get onto the main part of the course (and for the reentry back into transition) so I'm pleased that my bike time was only 30 seconds slower than my personal best for this course in light of the changes. Other than that I pushed hard on my bike - was only passed by one person (who ended up in 32nd place and was the female masters winner) - and overall it was a smooth ride as road conditions were good. I did run into a little traffic on Bear Creek Parkway around around Mile 5 as two police motorcycles were parked in the middle of the road with flashers on - they were helping a runner (? - not part of the race?) on the sidewalk - but it ended up being a non-issue.
T2 was also smooth. Unlike last fall's Monster Tri where I lost my shoe, I had no such mishaps this time. Racked my bike, put on race belt and running shoes, grabbed my "green leprechaun hat" and was on my way. As I started off on the run, I got a "go get 'em" from Archie (18th overall at 1:00:22) who had already finished!
I thought I had a decent run. Not a bad run, but not a great run either - or so I thought. Turns out that I PRed the run course by almost a minute (previous PR was 24:54). I guess that marathon training paid off. :-)
After crossing the finish line, I got to see Eddie finish a few minutes later (131st overall) and then met up with Tyler to see Melissa come in on the bike and head into T2 and subsequently out on the run.
Some more good finish times by Elizabeth (84th overall and 3rd in her age group), Faith (125th and 4th in her age group), and Steve (158th overall). And congrats again to Melissa and Leslie on their first triathlons!
After a little recovery and checking preliminary results postings, we enjoyed some pancakes hot off the griddle and listened (and maybe danced a little jig as well) to the band playing some Irish tunes while basking in the sun of an almost-springtime Texas morning. What a great day for a race!