On Sunday I completed my 7th Reston Sprint Triathlon-yep I have been at it that long! I first started “tri”ing in 2007 and took a few years off somewhere in there and came back to it 2 years ago. I have been training a little differently this year and I think I’ve finally learned a few things. Here’s a little re cap of how the Swim, Bike & Run went down.
10 years ago this was a small, local race with only 300 participants. Fast forward 10 years and, as the sport of triathlon exploded so did this race, now hosting almost 1000 athletes. Not too many women did tri races 10 years ago and now it seems that there are more women than men at many of the races. Gotta love that!
Swim-This 400 meter swim takes place in a 50m (Olympic size) pool that has swimmers seeded by time. The water was a little chillier this year (73 degrees) due to the cold, rainy May we had. I’ve been swimming pretty consistently this winter and I was feeling much more comfortable going into the swim despite the cold temps. That first second you submerge into the cold water, you can feel your heart rate sky rocket and your breathing accelerate. I knew this would happen and really focused on getting my breathing under control. By the 2 nd length I was feeling good. I had my best swim time on this course yet by about 30 seconds. Happy face!
Bike-I have been really training much more aggressively on my bike this season and it is paying off. Those crazy scary hill rides I have been doing have given me much more confidence on the down hills and I have learned how to use my gears more effectively. I know this is a hilly course (3 laps for a total of 12 miles) and I was ready for it this year. Despite the fact that my chain fell off on the 3rd loop, I was still able to improve my course time by about 2 minutes.
My 2 transition times were a little slow have no idea why (2:30 and 2:39) as I don’t remember anything that would have held me back.
Run-This run course is always a challenge for me and this year was no different. Actually, my run was horrendous from the get go. As soon as I started, I knew my legs did not have much left after that bike course. Just a few minutes into my run, the craziest thing happened. A guy was walking his dog right on the race path and as I ran by him, his huge dog jumped on me and almost knocked me over. It was really scary! On I went but I swear, I think I could have walked faster than I ran. I felt awful the whole time and had my worst run time ever. My final time was almost exactly the same as last year.
The most important take away I have from this race, is quite obvious really. It’s very hard to improve in 3 disciplines at the same time. I am proud to have made huge improvements in my swim and bike times this season so far. 2 out of 3 isn’t bad! I know that I need to work on doing some more “brick” workouts before my next race in 6 weeks. The transition from bike to run is my challenge right now and I will be working on my weaknesses.
Thanks for reading this long recap! Tell me-What have you learned from a recent race that you can work on?
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