Over the weekend at the Spirit of Racine Half Iron-Man I was going to try to hammer the race, an "A" race for the year.
My version of "Hammering" was to try to go under 5:30 for a Half IM distance race. My PR at the distance was 5:38.
There was about 5 of us from the TRIclub racing, 4 of us are doing IMoo, so this would be the final tuneup before the Iron-Man race. So we tried to make it interesting. We were going to ante up $5 per discipline (swim, T1, bike, T2, run), the fastest time in each event would take home the cash. I honestly did not have a chance to win anything except the transitions times and maybe a good run. I might squeak by with some $$$ at the end..
It was a perfect day to race, mid 70's and for once, fairly calm waters for the swim. The pros started first and my swim wave started 25 minutes behind them. I started in the back and hung back while the fast guys went off first. The swim went well for me, I was swimming fairly straight and tried to push the pace for once. I did get hit alot trying to swim closer to the buoys and people would just cut right in front of me swimming all kinds of way. I must say, the fast ladies have no mercy, they don't care, they just hit you and just keep on going. Scary bunch I must say. But I thought I swam well, but my swim time did not show it at all, maybe I was trying to hard to swim a little faster.
So T1 I was in, trying to win a little bit of cash in the process, I saw my teammate 2 bike racks over and thought I had a chance to beat his time in T1. I know I was out of the T1 first because he passed me on the bike a few minutes later. Crap even with a 2:17 T1 he beat me by 7 seconds. Dang timing chip strap.
So the bike leg went okay for me, I just wanted to get close to my bike split from last year. I felt actually descent out there, but I made the mistake of not taking my 300 to 400 calories per hour on the bike. For some reason I'm still not comfortable riding on my TRI bike either, even getting professionally fitted, changing saddles, I still was getting back pain and hip pain. But I got thru it as the best I could.
So my T2 was fast, but again not fast enough, with a 1:41 time I came in second again also, Arghhh. Out of the money again.
So my last hope was my run. I was hoping for good things this year in my Triathlon running. After running a 1:51 at the RockMam Half IM 5 weeks ago in zone 2. I figures that was a much harder hillier run and this was a mostly flat run, no problem going under 1:51 I thought to myself.
But the "Hammer" fell on me and I lost it. I started out with a high heart rate and could not recover and not bring it down. My legs were tired and I was just feeling totally HAMMERED out there. So my run mostly consisted of running for a little bit and then walking, that lasted for 13.1 grueling miles. Not a fun thing, I was so discouraged and disgusted at some points, I really just wanted to stop and sit down. The only thing that kept me going was knowing that I didn't want my teammates to see me give up this way. So I went on and did a 2:05:51 run, pretty slow considering what I just did at the Rockman half IM a couple of weeks ago.
So finished I did, called my wife and told her of my disappointment and she just said to me, you "finished right," Well I guess I did.
2007 Race Stats
Swim ~ 47:05
T1 ~ 2:17
Bike ~ 2:51:57 (19ish mph)
T2 ~ 1:41
Run ~ 2:05:51
Total time ~ 5:48:50
2006 Race Stats
Swim ~ 39:09
T1 ~ 2:32
Bike ~ 2:49:51 (19ish mph)
T2 ~ 1:50
Run ~ 2:02:28
Total time ~ 5:43:19
Training more and getting slower, what's up with that?
So when I finally got home, I told the family we were going to eat at Old Country Buffet because my comfort food was awaiting me, ahh the little pleasures in LIFE. Actually just gave me heartburn later that night.. Oh well..
So what is on agenda until IM, I'm trying to think positive and eventhough I might be losing my time battles. I might hopefully win my WAR, a PR at IMooo.
I really need to work on my nutrition, regain my mental toughness, and formulate a race plan going into IM. Another training day on the IMWI course on Friday and yup my B-day run on Saturday. Meaning I'm going to run my age on Saturday or do a split Saturday/Sunday run to get all the miles in (Try to anyways)..
Yup I'll be 41 and maybe a Ultra 41 miler might give me some confidence back in my step again.
(quick update: kinda of injured so no 41 miler today, have to figure out something else, hmmm?)
"Ask yourself if you learn more when everything is running sweet and smooth or when you get your ass kicked and end up in the mud on your back" ~ Scott Tinley
I guess time will tell if I have learned my lesson. Until then I really need to call the vending machine people at my work. No "Bear Claw" danishes for a month now in the machines... I really need some right now. Argghhh..