Friday, August 5, 2011

Some Overdue Race Reports

Good Thursday to all. I really need to get better about this. I don't know why I fell out of the habit, but I don't like it one bit. When I do post, there's too much to write about and I have to pick and choose so as to avoid boring everyone. Bad, bad.

Where to start? Well, I guess sort of where I left off on the 19th. That weekend I had the NYRR Sprint Triathlon. For New York City, it was really hot that weekend and the early start (7:00am) was barely any help at all. What exacerbated this problem was the fact that the swim takes place in a pool. Now, for the actual swim, this is great. But logistically speaking, it kind of sucks. There were 600 race participants and each one had to enter the pool 10 seconds behind the last person. You do the math. I didn't start until a full hour after the race had started and it was like a sauna in the pool area. Any benefit that should have been derived from the early start was almost gone by the time I got through the swim in a little over 11 minutes and onto the bike. The bike was 13 miles over two loops through Queens-Corona Park. It's a nice little area and there are lots of things to see. A Citi Field, a science center, wherever the US Open happens (clearly I'm not a big tennis fan). That went okay, though it's becoming more and more obvious that I need to get a new bike that I can count on to not lose a breakpad in the middle of a race. Then came the run, which went pretty decently. I think I improved on last year by four or five minutes, with my final pace being about a 9:30 mile.

I set out to complete the whole tri in under 90 minutes because the idea of being done and going home to take a nap was very appealing. To give more context, last year I did this race in 1;46. This year, I did it in 97 minutes, which is significantly higher than my goal but significantly lower than last year's time.

Alright well I'd hoped to put in a bunch of race reports but  now I'm getting sleepy. For another day!

1 comment:

  1. hahah I like that the desire for a nap fueled the faster race time. excellent. the pool sounds like a MESS.