Sunday, May 5, 2013

What a difference a year makes!

I'm happy to report that my day at the CB&I Sprint Triathlon was a success.  With only 2 weeks left before Ironman Texas, I got one more notch in the confidence belt!

I did this race last year in 1:45:18 and couldn't be more excited about my 1:30:37 finish this year.   Yep, I took nearly 15 minutes off of a sprint.  I am super, super proud of myself.  I have worked my tail off and I'm finally seeing the payoff.  

My swim this year was 3 minutes faster than last year!  I did wear a wetsuit this year so not sure if it would account for those 3 minutes or not.  For me, the best part was that I felt like I was swimming better.  Perception is reality folks so I figure if I tell myself enough that I'm doing better, eventually it will be true. 
Running into T1 while trying to get the wetsuit off!

My goal for today was to hit 20mph on the bike but I came in with a time of 47:46 which was good for 18.8mph and the 10th fastest bike split in my age group (10 out of 66).  I'm not going to lie, I was a little bummed about the bike pace as I really felt like I was hauling butt.  On the bright side, I was 2:15 faster than last year so I'll take that.  And again, I did have a top 10 bike split so I really don't have anything to complain about!!  There was one mishap on the bike.  2 miles into the ride, my straw fell out of my aero drink and so I was unable to hydrate at all on the bike.  Thankfully this was a short race and a very cool day!  

Coming in from the bike.  Wasn't about to smile.  :)

The biggest shock for me came on the run.  After leaving T2, I ran my little heart out and knew I was going at a good pace but honestly, thought I was somewhere around 9.5 min miles.  You can imagine my surprise when the race was over and I looked up my results only to see my 3.2 mile run was done in 26:42 which is an 8:33min/mile.  My run was 9 minutes faster than last year.  OH.  MY.  GOD.  This serves as a reminder to me that you can't always successfully predict effort by "feel".  I didn't feel like I was running super fast. You know, not having my Garmin may have come as a blessing.  I have a tendency to look at my watch, see a pace and then tell myself there is no way I can maintain it.  Who knows what I would've done on Saturday.  Of course, part of me also thinks that had I been wearing my Garmin, I would have seen how close I was to going under 1:30 and would've kicked it into high gear.  :)

Approaching the finish line.  Shorts riding up, top riding up and mama don't care!
As soon as I crossed the finish line, I saw Ana and really hoped I would puke on her.  Not in a mean way of course!  She told me to race so hard I puked and I really, really tried to.  You can imagine my disappointment when I couldn't produce an ounce of vomit.  She didn't seem too disappointed though as she could clearly see I was out of breath and tired.  I felt soooo good for having just worked soooo hard!

Post race = all smiles!

What an awesome race!  A nearly 15 minute PR, 10th fastest bike split in my age group, 15th in my age group (compared to 45th last year) and 58th female (out of 312).  I was so happy to get to see Ana after the finish and also happy to have Keith & Hannah out there cheering me on.  This is an awesome local event and I hope to be back in 2014...maybe with another PR!  :)

Happy training!!!

1 comment:

  1. Congrats Jenny!! You're going to kick butt in the Iron Man!