I think I’m becoming more and more unemotional.
When I finished yesterday’s race, I felt, “At least that’s done.” There wasn’t too much excitement, or disappointment.
Goals wise? I kind of hit my goals. The course seems to have been long on the swim and the bike. I know the swim could be me not sighting properly, but EVERYONE says the swim was long. I clocked 1.06 miles for a .9 mile swim. And 27 miles on the bike is definitely 2 more than 24.85 that makes up a 40km olympic distance bike ride.
The trip up to PP started on Saturday, when Mike & I left town to get up there and do our short workouts in the late morning up at the Pleasant Prairie Rec Plex, where the triathlon is located. We got to ride our bikes as a kid’s triathlon was finishing up — so cute! (we were cycling on the roads at the same time the kids were finishing their runs) A quick run, and then it was time to get into the water for an open water swim! The water in Chicago has been chilly this spring, so this was really the third time total I’ve been in my wetsuit and in the open water — a bit later than normal. The nice thing is that Pleasant Prairie’s Lake Andrea was 75 degrees– awesome! (Chicago: 62 degrees). After that, we headed out for lunch, and then settling in at our hotel for a mid-afternoon nap.
Dinner the night before was at an awesome Italian joint in Kenosha. Mangia was great if you are up in the area, and I’m sure we’ll be back there! Wrapping up our pre-race stuff, and then it was to bed for an early wake-up call!
Race morning came at 3:30 AM (for Mike) and 3:45 AM for me. I ate my yogurt mess in bed, and then got my stuff together. We made it to the race site by 4:45 AM, and good thing we got there early! When we were pumping up my bike tire, part of the valve got pulled out into the bike pump, so I was the first “customer” of the bike support that was at the race! Thank you Total Cyclery of Kenosha! With my tires properly filled, I racked my bike and then headed back for my transition bag to get set up. Here’s how I set up my transition.
I grabbed my swim stuff, tucked my transition backpack into an out-of-the-way spot under my bike, and then headed off to see some of my CTC peeps and get in the water for a swim warm-up.
Props to the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon for having FREE race photos that came out the next morning! This was before I’d even downloaded any of my photos to my computer!
I am more comfortable with where I’m starting in the swim, and maybe ready to even be a little more aggressive with where I start. So far this year, I’ve been surprised that I’m swimming almost 10s faster than my open water swims last year, and than my pool swims — I know I’m wearing a wetsuit, but I didn’t see that difference in the past! Time for some more aggressive goal setting!
But back to pleasant prairie. The course was a bit long – my Garmin measured 1780 yards instead of 1500 that should be the distance. After checking with my coach and what she’d seen from other athletes, it looks like I swam the same amount as everyone else, so I’m not off. It was slightly murky water, but pretty calm.
Time: 34:03 — Garmin time of 33:46 (1:46/100yd)
T1: Nothing crazy to report. I’m getting more efficient. Time was 1:49, including the run up from the swim exit (I stopped my watch when I was on the beach, but still had to run to transition). Helmet on, shoes on, go.
Oh, the bike. I had big plans for you. My goal had been to hit 18mph, My original goals for the bike were to hit 18mph average, which would prove I was faster than I was 2 years and 1 bike ago. I knew I’d get this after I did the Leon’s sprint two weeks ago, so I almost psyched myself out in whether I should stay safe at 18mph or if I should ride hard and aggressive. I rode smart, but not as aggressive as I could have. My coach wanted me pushing 92-95% of my FTP maximum for most of the ride, and I was closer to 85% overall. A few things of note: the course was flat on the first part, and had rolling hills on the second half. The second half is also where both the olympic and sprint courses combined together for a busier road.
I had taken a 5 hour energy before the swim, and was burping it up along the bike ride. Note to self: do not try that again! Energy levels were good, but I had to sit up higher (and less aerodynamic) to get these burps out!
I drank two bottles of my HEED drink on the bike, and had a few caffenated chews. I did forget my salt pills, which I will have to remember for my next race.
Coming into T2, I was reminded about how I want to learn how to get my feet out of my shoe before I get off hte bike. I’ve practiced on the trainer, but never outside. There was a lovely woman in a Coeur kit just in front of me doing it, and I started to, before I realized it might not be smart to try the first time and I wasn’t really sure I could get my left hand down safely/comfortably to maneuver this before the bike dismount line. So I played it safe, and clomped into the transition area and to my bike. I give my slowness to that. Time to practice!!! T2 Time: 2:02
Well, what started out as a cloudy day with a chance of rain turned out to have the sun and heat on at full blast! I got out on the run, with a goal to run the 10K in an hour, and realized it might not happen. I took my first two miles to get my form together. The plan was then to step up the pace slightly for the next 3 miles. Except for the fact that those 3 miles are fully on gravel. Gravel path and no shade. And I have to pee. Picking up the pace goes out the window. When I realize that my pace is slipping and it’s due to the need to pee, I try to figure out if I can pee on myself while running. I didn’t really think about if I’d like this, just tried to see if I could. Either way, I couldn’t figure it out, so after a bit it’s into the bushes for a second to get this out of the way. My pace for that mile with the stop really wasn’t any slower than the pace the mile prior.
I was able to pick it up for mile 5, and again for mile 6. While I did speed up, I never quite got to my goal pace – a 9:37 pace. I need to work on being ready to run in the heat… if not for Ironman Wisconsin, then for Racine, my half ironman I have coming up in about a month.
Total Run Time: 1:04:30
Total Time: 3:09:42
In reviewing my times, and in talking with my coach, I’m ok that I wasn’t able to push as hard on the bike or run as I’d have liked. I’m focusing on Ironman Wisconsin, and had the course been more true to the Olympic standard distance, I’d have accomplished my sub-3 hour goal. And I guess, either way, I PR’ed. So I’m happy about that too!