Well, better late than never. I am finally getting around to doing my race report from my final race of the season. The Reeds Lake Triathlon was last Saturday and consists of a 1/2 mile swim, 17 mile bike and 4.9 mile run. I’ve done this race the past 2 years and love it. It is only a 1 mile from our house which makes it all the better.
If I had to describe the swim in one word, it would be “Long". Someone needs to get their tape measure calibrated because there is no way that the swim was only 1/2 mile. It was probably closer to 1000 yards rather than 800 yards. Oh well, it was long for everyone so I’m not complaining.
It was an absolutely gorgeous morning for a swim. The sunrise was spectacular. It was actually a pretty cool morning temperature-wise, so getting in the water was sort of refreshing because the water was warmer than the air. I was in the first wave of the morning at 7:10AM. I got right up to the front of the wave to have an aggressive start. Despite the number of swimmers, it was a relatively calm start which was a nice change after having some really aggressive starts at some of my races this year.
It felt good to get out of the water. This is probably the happiest I have ever looked coming out of a swim. Usually I look like I am dying when I get out of the water.
My swim took 15:38 which is almost 4 minutes slower than 11:37 last year.
After zipping through T1 without issue, I was off on the bike. The bike course is a lap around Reeds Lake with an out and back to Ada. The out and back in downhill on the out and uphill on the back.
I think this is one of my favorite pictures of the season. Jennie was actually have problems with the camera focusing properly so some of the pictures didn’t turn out, but this one worked great.
I caught a couple people right away, but because I was in the first wave, there wasn’t a lot of people to catch. Once we got to the out and back, I started to play leap front with two other rides; a guy from my age group and the leading female from the wave behind me. We were all pretty evenly matched and each did our share of charging forward – without drafting of course. I went back and looked at the times and our bike times were: Abby, the leading female: 45:29, Gavin, the guy from my wave: 45:48, and me: 45:55, so all within 30 seconds of each other. It was great to have a group of athletes that I could use to push myself.
For nutrition, I took one Gu (Raspberry Cream) at the 10 mile mark of the bike along with a Aerodrink of Gatorade throughout the ride.
I coasted in on the bike with a time of 45:55 for a pace of 22.2mph. Like the swim course, the bike course was a slightly different length than last year due to some construction, so I can’t really compare my performance year to year.
Again, another uneventful transition. Always nice to have the transition go smoothly.
I felt great as I started the run. I did get passed fairly quickly by the leading female and another guy right out of the gate, but I didn’t let it discourage me. I tried to keep a nice and steady pace established that I could maintain.
My stomach was feeling a little weird so I avoided the water stations to try and keep the problem at bay. At the 2.5 mile mark, I was starting to mentally fall apart. My stomach at that point where it wasn’t that bad, but I was worried that it could take a turn for the worse at any time.
That is when #46 crept up next me. #46 turned out be a guy named Gavin and was the guy I was playing leapfrog with on the bike. As soon as he caught up to me, I knew I had to stick with him. We ended up running the final couple miles together. Just like on the bike, having someone to push me was the perfect motivation to go hard.
As we rounded the final corner, Gavin looked over to me and said, “Are we sprinting this out? I’m only going if you go.” I looked up and saw the finish line in sight so I said, “Let’s go for it.” We took off side by side and I was able to surge ahead at the end and crossed the line at 1:37:58 with Gavin coming in right behind me at 1:38:02. After the race, I went back and looked at my splits: 7:11, 6:53, 6:57, 6:50, 5:07 (final .9 mile) for a total of 32:59. I’m super happy with those times.
Sort of a bittersweet moment. I had a great race and was happy, but it was the last race of the season.
Here I am chatting with Chris Wickard, last year’s female winner, about the swim course. She took third this year with Abby Geurnik (being interviewed in the background) taking first. My co-worker actually swims with Abby during the week and I found out that this was her first race running as a pro. What a great way to start Pro racing with a win.
Here is Rob charging to the finish for a great finish to his first triathlon season.
The End (of the 2010 Triathlon Season). You will be missed.
|Age Group Place:||9/86|
|Run Pace:||6:43 min/mile|