Well since we weren’t planning on doing the lifetime tri, we were in no real condition to go do a full out super sprint style race. With those smaller distance races you really have to give your all and get going quickly. No time to warm up.
The swim was great I got a quick 2 laps of warmup in the pool. I was able to push quite hard and got 18 lengths in the 10 minutes. I probably could have pulled off 1 more full length, but the official at the end of the lane said “That’s it” when I hit the wall of the 18th, I then asked if it was over, and he said no keep going. I got almost 1 more length in before the time ran out.
The bike set up was different than I was used to, but spin bikes are spin bikes so it shouldn’t have been a big deal. But I should have lowered the seat, I was never quite able to feel right, but I told myself it was only 30 minutes and I just needed to ride. Also when doing these sports sometimes I lose the ability to remember numbers and do math. So For some reason I told myself that 180 was my ftp and just tried to stay at that power number for the whole time. My ftp is at 210 btw, so I short changed myself quite a bit. I didn’t get nearly as many miles in as I should have.
The run was on a treadmill of a type I have never run on before, and wow was it nice. instead of 1 large band that you run on it was made of rubber slats that formed the running surface. Very soft feeling, I wish all treadmills were like that now. But on to the run itself. It went well, I was able to pump up the speed every 10th of a mile from 5.5 until I was going about 7.5. The 20 minutes ended too quickly, but I was a bit out of breath.
Overall lots of fun and great to see Lee do his first Tri and shake the dust off the racing body.
We had a pretty packed weekend with the start of the swim challenge on Saturday then the Austin 10/20 race on Sunday.
To start the swim challenge is the first Saturday of every month. Starting April with 1 lap. Each month adds a lap of swimming around the lake. In other words it took about as long to put on the wet suit as it did to swim this months distance. Swim data here!
This is going to be a great challenge for me to get my OWS mileage up this year. Although I have done 7k in a pool, my longest OWS was just under 5k about 3 years ago. Also lake, I LOVE lake!
I snuck in a bike ride on Saturday just for a few miles and visited play it again sports and some pawn shops. I was looking for some used disk golf disks so next time we are at Lions park up in temple we can play. I was also looking to find a cheap djembe drum, since I like being part of the drum circles out at fair. Bike data here!
Bed early on Saturday night and I took a sleep pill since I would have a nice long sleep. That was a great idea, but the sleep wasn’t as good as it could have been. We got up just after 7 and out of the house 20 min before the race start. Good thing the race start was only an 6 minute drive from the house!
Ran into Brian while in the Port-a-potty line and we ended up at the start line about 7 minutes after the race had officially started. I really don’t like starting in the back of the pack, but this wasn’t even back of the pack this was behind the wall of walkers. Our goal was to just easy run the whole thing somewhere in the 11 – 12 min mile pace. Brian had said he was going to do 5 with us, then 5 fast. When he took off my goodness he took OFF! Quix and I stayed at our planned pace and I had just a great day out running. Nothing felt hard and I kept a conversational pace the whole time. Quix on the other hand might have turned into some sort of animal for the hill section of the run, but she came back to normal after the finish. Run data here!
I need to remember to do at least 1 double digit run a month while in the season of body training. I just love the feeling of running again I hope to never lose it.
After the race we had some fish and chips and I might have had more beer than I ran, but it was my splurge day, and I splurged quite a few IPA’s.