So I finished my last triathlon of this year more than likely, the Jackson Country Tri. As mentioned before, I did the short course and really had a great time; my triathlon training was worth it. This was a great race for me and I think I did pretty well. The weight training I had been doing really helped keep my legs strong through the bike and run.
The day started off at 4:45 a.m. with me getting up and ready. I had gotten all my gear loaded up and on the car the night before. We (wifey and I) arrived at the course around 5:45 a.m. and there was already a ton of people there. Apparently the event was pretty much sold out.
I got a pretty good transition spot though, close to the bike exit. The group putting on this triathlon didn’t seem to be that friendly really. At least not compared to the organization that put on the last one I did.
There was basically no pre-race communication, which is fine for those who have done tons of triathlons. It was OK, if you sort of know what to expect it’s no big deal I guess. The main difference in setup was we didn’t have assigned transition spots. Which is pretty normal apparently so getting there early makes a lot of difference in getting a good spot.
Our heat or wave assignment was on the back of our bibs so that’s how you knew when you were to start. They just started heat 1 at 7:00 a.m. and I was in heat 6. For the short course, the swim just went out and around the buoys counter clockwise. The long-course had to swim the buoys, get out and run down the beach and do the swim again.
The water temperature was 75 degrees so they announced that they would allow wetsuits. I had brought a 3mm shorty Henderson Hyperstretch so I put that on. Man, did that really make a difference. Obviously wet suits give you extra buoyancy, but I think there’s also a mental aspect to it as well. At least the .3 mile swim seemed to go quick and I felt like I could have gone another lap. Although a lot of people commented after the race that they thought the course buoys must have shifted overnight because they thought it was shorter than it should have been. But of course that didn’t bother me…
Overall, this triathlon was a great experience. I ended up placing 87th overall, which out of 334 racers in the short course I think is pretty good. Out of my age group (40-44) I placed 8th out of 20.
The following Thursday after the race I had sinus surgery so I’ve been out this last week but finally got out today for a short bike ride.
Here are the official results:
Transition 1: 1:11
Transition 2: 1:15
Of course I used my Garmin 305 running watch, and although I used Auto multi-sport mode with transition on for only the bike and run, I think I messed it up once and just started over on the run. The main reason I like using it for the race is to capture heart rate data and to monitor my pace. It’s also cool to see the max speed and average cadence on the bike portion. Here’s the data from that:
- Time: 37:32
- Distance: 11.55 mi
- Elevation Gain: 637 ft
- Calories: 752
- Avg Speed: 18.5 mph
- Max Speed: 35.3 mph
- Avg HR: 173 bpm
- Max HR: 179 bpm
- Avg Bike Cadence: 94 rpm
- Max Bike Cadence: 113 rpm
Triathlon 8-21-2011 Run: The run was 3 miles (at least was supposed to be) but I reset the watch after starting because I messed it up in transition. So here’s that data:
- Time: 23:46
- Distance: 2.92 mi
- Elevation Gain: 135 ft
- Calories: 393
- Avg Pace: 8:08 min/mi
- Best Pace: 6:51 min/mi
- Avg HR: 180 bpm
- Max HR: 187 bpm
It’s interesting that the official time for the run was 23:58 and the time according to my Garmin 305 was 23:46. And the distance was supposed to be 3 miles and my Garmin said I ran 2.92 miles; which would mean I covered an 1/8th (??) of a mile in 12 seconds… hmm, not sure about that. But anyway, just interesting for a geek I guess.
I think I’m done with most major events for this year. I may do a bike ride on October 1 (the Tour De BBQ) but not sure. There’s also the Kansas City Marathon or 1/2 I thought about doing but it’s October 15th and my wife and I are leaving for a vacation to Belize the next day so I don’t think I will do that.