Saturday, August 16, 2014

Race Report: Toughman, Alabama (Half-Iron Distance): It Earned the Name

With a 6:30 start time and nearly an hour of driving time, I had an early start to the day. Up at 3:00, cooked quinoa for one of my staple breakfasts (quinoa, blueberries, greek yogurt, and walnuts). I was out the door at 4:00 and on-site at 5:00. I was the first one to pickup his packet. I felt like I stayed busy setting up transition, sunscreening, going to the potty, lubing up the nether regions to prevent chaffing, and such, but after my second potty visit, I noticed transition was TOTALLY empty of people. So, I walked towards the swim start and heard, "Two minutes to swim start!". Wow, where did the time go. And, then I noticed I did not have my Garmin 910XT on my wrist! So, I said to my self, "Self, you are going data blind today." Earlier this morning, when I grabbed the watch off of its charger and installed it on my wristband, I put it in my bag and momentarily thought, "should I just put it on...." The correct answer was "Yes", but I got it wrong. First time I ever did an event without a watch.

The swim went steady and reminded me of the obvious truth (I am a slow swimmer), but I am steady. For me, there is a special joy exiting the swim. Yes, I think "Thank God that is over, Now, I can move!" I immediately begin passing people as I run up the chute to transition. Shoes on (skip the socks), helmet, glasses, belt, and GO! The ride was comfortable and good. I passed a number of people for the first few miles and then settled in. I had my usual pass someone going downhill, get passed by them going uphill. But, they dropped me good between mile 28 and 30, a good long steady climb. Towards the end of the ride I got stuck with two women riding side-by-side (you are not supposed to do that). I didn't care that they were breaking the rules, but on the downhills when I would ride faster than they were, I had to squeeze between the yellow line and the outside edge of the line filled by the woman on the left. ANNOYING.

There was one bridge that was marked well as having a dip with bright paint. It was littered with water bottles and the road side was littered with people with flats. Fortunately, I have ridden this route quite a few times and was familiar with a good line and had no issues. I did have an issue with the water bottles distributed. They did not work well for filling my Aquacell on the go. I had to stop and take the lid off the bottle and open the top of the cell to fill. Typically, I am able to bite the lid on the water bottle, remove it, and poke it into the top of the Aquacell. I think squeeze until it overlows, toss the bottle, all before leaving the water stop area. I was annoyed at first, but after reading the race info site, I would say that the bottle pretty much matched what was described. I should have been more prepared.

The run started off well except for my urgent need to pee. I left transition and immediately turned to the right. The volunteer attending the transition exit said, "no, the course is that way". I said, "the potty is this way." He said, "yes, it is GO!" I met Al Schlosser there. We ran near each other for the whole run. Cathy Pagani was with us for most of the second half too. I saw two people end their race in the run. The first was having trouble on the edge of the road ahead of me and was being attended to by two other runners. They stopped traffic and encouraged a driver to take her for assistance. He was very happy to. I thanked him as I passed. The second was a person Al knew and I am familiar with [name left out as I wouldn't want my name mentioned]. He apparently accepted a ride from a police person due to exhaustion. As for me, I ran through the first few water stops, grabbed a cup, pinched and drank. I began stopping and drinking several cups of water, coke, and gatorade. Right choice! I ran a slow, but steady pace. With the exception of the water stops, I never walked. I have to admit though, that I NEVER thought I could run this slow. I'm not sure what to think. I remind myself that this includes time in the water stops and without the hydration, I would have had issues.

Post race, I hopped in the ice cold baby swimming pool. The Travis's (Self and Sherman) strongly suggested it and it was a good idea to aid recovery. Then, I chin-wagged with a couple of other IM Chattanooga trainees for 10-15 minutes. Then, I spent some quality time with Travis Sherman, Travis Self, Sophia Lal, and Cathy Pagani. At one point, I was really ready to leave, but the posted times did not include my total or run times. So, I waited. I witnessed the awards ceremony. Travis, Travis, and Sophia won podium spots as did Janie Davis. We all ride together in various rides and I see them a lot. I think Janie has podiumed at every race I have seen her at. After awards, I asked about the times and was directed to where the timing person was. She was very nice and wrote down all my info for me.

The Details


August 16, 2014: Toughman Alabama
Half-Iron
Time: 6:42:15


a
SwimDistance: 1.2 miles
Time: 51:09
TransitionTime: 3:00
CycleDistance: 56(ish) Miles
Time: 2:58:19
Rate: 18.8
TransitionTime: 2:46
RunDistance: 13.1 Miles
Time: 2:47:03
Pace: 12:45
WeatherPartly Cloudy
Temperature: 67-89°
Humidity: 84-40%

Friday, July 04, 2014

Race Report: 2014 Peavine Falls Run

I completed the Peavine Falls Run for the fifth time today. Everything went so well, it is hard to say much. It was good to see a few of the folks I know from the community. I ran well, best in 3 years. As a reminder, I have included the elevation chart. This is a hilly course. Hard up, cool coming down and you get to do the last 1 to 1.5 mile stretch on a trail. Love this run and I'm pleased with the results.

The Details

July 4, 2014: Birmingham, AL
Oak Mountain State Park, 8.2 Miles
Peavine Falls Run
Distance:8.2 Miles
Time:1:16:08
Heart Rate:159
Pace:9:17
Weather:Scattered Clouds
Temperature-65°
Humidity-84%

History

Personal best at this race in red.
YearTimePace
20071:08:328:21
20081:09:298:25
20121:18:429:36
20131:22:0410:00
20141:16:089:17

Pictures



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Race Report: Chattanooga Waterfront Olympic Tri + IMChoo Preview

The Day Before: A Preview Ride of the Ironman Chattanooga Course

On the Ironman Chattanooga 140.6 Facebook page, there were a number of threads within which various members of the group were sharing a variety of options for doing a ride on the Ironman course while many of us were in town for the Chattanooga Waterfront Olympic Triathlon. One of the threads included consideration for a ride covering most of the course and a single loop of the portion that will be completed twice on the Ironman race day. So, I started an event and shared what information I could pull from the threads that were already in place and offered a central location for continued consideration of the same.

We had a great  turn out:


And, we had fun:

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of those that participated, but especially those that I rode most of the ride with. We had time to talk and get to know one another. It was a very positive group! I did not put much formality into welcoming all who showed up and did not give any kind of a introductory announcements, but one of the other riders that had ridden the course before did. And, she did a good job. If I ever host another event on Facebook, I think I should also accept that I should complete an agenda before the ride starts along the following lines:
  • Welcome all participants and if the group is small enough have each introduce themselves
  • Review the course about to be ridden to include participation from those that have ridden it before
  • Remind all to be safe and courteous
  • Thank all, but especially any that have take extraordinary steps to support the ride (like Brad Noble, SAG wagon operator for this ride)
Several of us thought the course was similar in difficulty to the course for Ironman's Augusta 70.3. It rightly deserves the description "rolling". The climbs are relatively short and generally not that steep. I used Osmo for electrolytes (thanks, Coach John Hanna). I had no cramping, fatigue, or GI issues. Given last week's aborted ride, this is encouraging. More on Osmo when I get to the race report below.

I did have several issues during the day though. First, I couldn't load the course on to my Garmin 910XT to help with turn-by-turn directions. Garmin forced me to update the Communications plug-in, and it just wouldn't find my device. Second, and related, I got lost right off the bat at this intersection:


Worse, I was leading. One person followed, I think his name was Keith (forgive me if you see this and I'm wrong. I have nominal aphasia). Sophia Lal, a friend from Birmingham, said they yelled at me, but I was apparently oblivious.

That was not the first time I got lost. But, I don't think I can take the blame for the next one. I was leading the pack I was riding with again. I pulled over at the correct intersection and noted that I was not sure which way to go. The pack said "this way". I'm not maliciously blaming them, but they were wrong. This is the intersection and one should bear left:


To make it worse, this led us into more of Chickamauga, the community that reportedly is awash with cyclist haters. The traffic on the diversion we took was busy and they couldn't pass even though we rode single file and as far to the right as we could. I regret that we took this wrong turn and likely annoyed a few more drivers. Although, the drivers along this diversion showed no signs of annoyance. But, we did encounter one driver that was apparently having trouble with a bird (one made with his own hand). It was flying feverishly in the cab of his car and he was honking furiously. We waved nicely.

I got in 70 miles for a planned 60 mile ride, met some nice folks, and had a good time.

After the ride, I had lunch at the Blue Plate with my family while we watched the World Cup. Then, off to Rock City:


Dinner at the Easy Bistro & Bar and off to rest for the night. Yes, these are our 2 favorite and oft revisited places to eat in Chattanooga.

The Race

Up at 4:30, out the door at 5:15. I rode from the Chattanoogan, where we boarded, to transition. Let me say, this hotel is awesome. My original reservation for the Ironman Chattanooga was here. I have moved to the Courtyard Marriott that is right next to transition. The location will be better, but I like the Chattanoogan better as a hotel. Back to the race report. I simply placed the bike on the rack and set my bag down. My first goal was to get some breakfast. I had already drank 20ozs of Osmo's Preload hydration, but nothing solid yet.

Over to the Starbucks at the Courtyard Marriott. The first thing they said was "we don't open until 6:00". I was hoping to be prepping my transition area and getting on the bus around 6:00. But, I had to eat and assumed if they didn't open to 6:00 a line would form. So, I went around to the lobby entrance with the intent of just waiting. Upon arriving there, the attendant inside said, "come on in, we will take care of you." I was extremely grateful and said so. A banana, cup of coffee, and a yogurt. All good and ready.


I returned to transition, set it up unceremoniously.  I included a 12 oz bottle of Osmo Hydration to drink between the bike and run. My bike's Aquacell's 15 oz secondary chamber was loaded with Osmo too. The 35 oz chamber was just water. Since this was only an olympic distance, I didn't bother with solid fuel for during the event. I got on the bus and went off to the swim start.

I saw Sophia and a number of other Vulcan Triathletes from Birmingham and some of my new friends from the ride the day before. I relaxed, I even squeezed in a brief nap, and waited for the start. The start was smooth and Therese Bynum, the race starter, called me out by name with a nice greeting as she said "Go!". I was too flabbergasted by the moment to properly return the greeting. But, I did have the wherewithal to start the watch's recording and start swimming. I had a little trouble getting my breathing started, but I quickly got in the rhythm and just swam. It is amazing how sometimes I just sort of have to kickstart my respiratory system into breathing out in the water. The swim went well. And, Vulcan Tri caught me exiting the swim:


I really need to lose weight. To me I look a little too much like a barrel with arms and legs. But, I'm feeling good and running up the stairs strong.

I had a smooth transition and headed out on the bike. I no issues on the bike except for the time I went to take a sip of Osmo. I sucked, but nothing came up the straw. I pulled the straw up a bit and here came some liquid with what felt like sand into my mouth. The Osmo was not dissolved and was settled on the bottom. Nice! But, it all goes down the same whole. I tolerated it  and just rode on feeling good the entire ride. The second transition was also smooth and I took off on the run. I felt like I was running smooth and steady. Again, no issues. I had a good race. In fact, I improved 10 minutes over my previous best time here (ignoring last year's duathlon).

Results

June 29, 2013: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Olympic
Time: 2:51:17


a
SwimDistance: 1.5K, .93 miles
Time: 34:21
TransitionTime: 3:02
CycleDistance: 25 Miles
Time: 1:25:15
Rate: 17.7
TransitionTime: 2:48
RunDistance: 6.2 Miles
Time: 1:03:19
Pace: 10:10
WeatherMostly Cloudy
Temperature: 73.81°
Humidity: 90-89%

History

YearTimeSwimT1BikeT2Run
20113:24:3633:274:181:26:572:461:17:09
20123:19:3532:474:031:29:363:401:09:31
20132:51:1718:08*2:48*1:24:592:121:03:12
20143:09:3634:213:021:25:152:481:03:19
Fastest component in red.
* Can't compare to previous years as the swim was cancelled and replaced with a 2 mile run.

Finished


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Drivers and Sports Nutrition: Post Mortum

The following is copied and edited from a post I placed in my local tri club's Facebook page (Vulcan Triathletes), my personal Facebook timeline, and in a post here. It offers a personal experience that relates to 2 common themes we triathletes like to opine about (drivers and nutrition). I got reminded that good people are in lots of places and that it is true that training and nutrition practices are varied and ultimately personal. I read a few studies and conversations over the last few years that indicated that a good deal of the information about the electrolyte replacement and sports drinks was wrong. Thus, I quit using them and focused more on drinking to thirst and eating "real food". Thus, I also dropped my previous reliance on GU and Stingers, and replaced it with homemade concoctions like this one.

Well, that was then, and this is now. I have NEVER cramped during exercise before and I have been during endurance training and events for over 20 years. I have never had GI issues, thus I think I started fixing something that was not broke. And, this happened, here's my post from this weekend [Sunday, June 22, 2014] with some edits:

I learned today that Birmingham, Alabama does have some very caring people both on bicycles and in cars. During a long ride today, I started having some cramping near CR-25 and Elliott heading towards CR-41, about 52 miles in to my planned 60 miles. I stopped and cooled down a bit, then completed the climb over the mountain towards 41. I turned right on 41 where 2 cyclists were stopped and chatting. They said "stay strong", I feigned a good "oh yeah". Within 1-2 miles (about 55 miles into the ride), my right leg cramped from inner thigh to foot. I stopped, but could barely hold the bike up. My right leg was locked in a full extended position and I could do nothing about it volitionally. My left leg wasn't as bad, but was cramping some too. The 2 cyclists (wished I had gotten their names) were there within seconds and noticed that I needed help. One of them did the needful, held me and the bike while I very awkwardly got off the bike and went to the ground to gain my composure. I was about to just fall.

Meanwhile, 2 cars pulled over gave me cold water and both offered to take me home in their cars. Max Whitfield, who lives at 41 & 25, took me home. I have recovered okay, but I couldn't possible express the bounty of my gratitude to the 4 caring, loving people that rescued me when I really needed it. Now, to analyze what I did wrong to end up in such a state. There are drivers in Birmingham that care about us. Max is one of them.

I am putting electrolytes back on the endurance nutrition plan for long workouts and paying a little more attention to pre workout caloric intake. I ate too lightly the night before this ride. At 30 ounces per hour I think I was drinking enough liquid. I am now experimenting with some of the products that have been mentioned here.

Glad I have time to adjust and look forward to NO more cramps. For all those people that shared their war stories about cramps with me previously, if I was not sympathetic, I will be next time.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Thanks to The Caring People of Birmingham Alabama

I learned today that Birmingham, Alabama does have some very caring people both on bicycles and in cars. During a long ride today, I started having some cramping near CR-25 and Elliott heading towards CR-41. I stopped and cooled down a bit, then completed the climb over the mountain towards 41. I turned right on 41 where 2 cyclists were stopped and chatting. They said "stay strong", I feigned a good "oh yeah". Within 1-2 miles, my right leg cramped from inner thigh to foot. I stopped, but could barely hold the bike up. My right leg was locked in a full extended position and I could do nothing about it volitionally. The 2 cyclists (wished I had got their names) were there within seconds and noticed that I needed help. One of them did the needful, held me and the bike while I very awkwardly got off the bike and went to the ground to gain my composure. I was about to just fall.

Meanwhile, 2 cars pulled over gave me cold water and both offered to take me home in their cars. Max Whitfield, who lives at 41 & 25, took me home. I have recovered okay, but I couldn't possible express the bounty of my gratitude to the 4 caring, loving people that rescued me when I really needed it. Now, to analyze what I did wrong to end up in such a state.

There are drivers in Birmingham that care about us. Max is one of them.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

2014 Raleigh Ironman 70.3 Race Report

Pre-Race

I got to incorporate a trip to my daughter's, Lydia's,  place in Charlotte with this trip to Raleigh, NC. She is having a house built in the suburbs of Charlotte, actually in South Carolina. So, we got to go on a tour of her house with the builder. This is her first house purchase, so she is super excited. The house is coming along very well. Her closing may be impacted by a nesting bird, however. The housing for her electric meter has been established as a nesting spot for a bird and the nest has eggs. Apparently, the builder cannot disturb the nest until after it is abandoned by law. It was a joy to see Lydia so excited about this major milestone in life.


We also took the train from her house to uptown Charlotte and ate some barbecue at a location which had earned several "Bob Awards". I lived in Charlotte in the early '90's. It has changed! I loved the vibe of the city and it was just spectacular to get to spend some time with my daughter. This was Thursday and Friday.

Lydia and I getting ready to order dinner.

Queen City Q & Note its Bob Awards :)

On Saturday, I got up and headed to Raleigh from Charlotte. The drive was uneventful, I was able to immediately check in to my room upon arrival. After doing so, I headed over to registration, it was just after lunchtime; I had not eaten. This is the panoramic view of the line:

Panoramic View of the long and circular line for registration
I anticipated a long wait, but it actually moved along pretty well. I was registered by around 1:30. With a goal to swim for 15 minutes, bike for 30 minutes, and to run for 15 minutes. The day was drawing short already. But, I was starving, so I had a salad in the bar. The bike portion of this race is a point-to-point. So, you have to drive out to the origin to put your bike in transition. So, I loaded up the bike and took swim gear. But, upon arriving, I notice that swimming from the planned race start is not permitted. Further, the road is narrow, full of traffic, and I had already witnessed one car rudely pass a cyclist. I did not feel that I could safely ride here. So, I bagged both the swim and bike workouts for the day. I did run later and that helped to calm my nerves. I did text and see Aaron Whitley, a fellow E3Tri athlete. We planned to meet for dinner that night.

On the way back from dropping the bike off in transition, I stopped at a Kroger store and bought an apple, 2 individual servings of almond butter, a clif bar, and some granola mix that included quinoa, oatmeal, chia seeds, and such as ingredients. Breakfast and pre-race snacks ready to go. I had failed to prepare my own energy bites which I usually take on long events these days. So, I purchased Stinger Waffles and Espresso Love Gu's to enable me to alternate between these two items every 30 minutes during the ride and run. Nutrition ready √.

I met Aaron and 3 of his friends (Adam, David, and Sarah) for dinner hosted by the hotel restaurant after my 15 minute run around downtown Raleigh. Typical pre-race fare, salad, pasta and some chicken. We ate and talked triathlon. I jokingly told Aaron if I saw him on the course, I would run him down and pass him. Ha! He out performed me by an hour. I knew he would, but more on that later. We agreed to meet in the lobby in the morning and off to our rooms. I slept good.

The Race


I had put my running stuff in T2 the day before, but I confirmed that it was still there and noticed that many people had removed the stuff from the bag and set up transition in typical fashion (stuff set out and arranged to ease donning in a hurry). I did the same. I ate my apple and almond butter, bought a mocha at Starbucks, and met the crew for the bus ride to T1. Upon arrival, I checked on the bike, borrowed a pump to pump the tires, and set up the stuff there for rapid donning after exiting the water. Then, it was time to wait. I bumped into Stephanie Farrington who is really responsible for my choosing to do this race. So, this race was a big deal for her! But, unfortunately she had apparently eaten something the day before that was not setting well with her. She was going to start the race anyway, but her confidence was shaken. I found Aaron and crew and we chin-wagged until it was time for the waves to start.

I was in the first non-pro wave. This means I will be swam over a lot! And, yes that is exactly what happened. This is the first race where I took a pretty good slug to the face right on the right eye. Thank goodness for goggles. It smarted a little, but not bad. The arghy-barghy in the water seemed to be more frequent and intense that I normally have to tolerate. But, the only time I really got annoyed, I bobbed my head up and actually got an apology from the offender. I thought that was super nice. He was not intentionally running into me. I am just there and here he comes. If I had tried, I could have counted the waves that ran over me. I could basically feel it. First the swell of the super fast folks in the wave, then the pace of the marauders would gradually decrease. I would get a few minutes of peace with no one running over me, and here would come the next wave; pattern repeats.

I felt like I was swimming smooth and well for me; I am slow. I am happy with the swim results.

I made a stupid mistake in T1. I ran right passed my bike, by a long shot, and had to turn around. Beyond that, transition was uneventful and smooth. The plan on the bike was 20 miles smooth, 30 miles pushing hard, and 6 miles smooth and easy to prepare for run. I think I did that. The course was a bit challenging and at times we had a pretty good headwind. I saw one guy crash. Emergency services were there immediately; they got to him before I rode to where he was and I was pretty close to him. It looked like his rear derailer knurled up and went into his spokes. Physically, I think he was okay. That would suck! There was a more serious incident during the race though. A cyclist was seriously injured as detailed in this news report. Fortunately for me, I and my equipment faired well.

T2 was smooth and I headed out on the run. The goal for the run was to start out easy and pick it up every 3 miles based on RPE. I tried to do that, but I don't think I did very well. But, except for a couple of water stops where I walked to ease chewing up some nutrition, I never walked. I was passed by Aaron and I yelled from behind him, that I was coming to get him. I saw several Vulcan Triathletes including Scott Grumley, Russ Bailey, and Stephanie. She did push through and finish the race. Scott and Russ looked good too. I would call my results steady and par for the course. I would like to have felt like I really picked up the pace every 3 miles in the run, but that was not quite in the flow on this day. I saw Aaron in the area just past the finishing chute. I said I would see him later. Off to the room to get a quick shower before my late checkout time of 3:00 pm ends. The next time I saw Aaron, he was passing me, AGAIN, on interstate out of town. A good day down and a long 9 hour ride home.

June 1, 2014: Raleigh Ironman 70.3
Time: 6:40:13


SwimDistance: 1.2 Miles
Time: 45:29
TransitionTime: 4:02
CycleDistance: 56 Miles
Time: 3:09:58
Rate: 17.7
TransitionTime: 5:10
RunDistance: 13.1 Miles
Time: 2:35:34
Pace: 11:52
WeatherGenerally Clear
Temperature: 57-76°
Humidity: 83-37%

Sunday, May 18, 2014

REV 3 Triathlon Knoxville

First, the bad news: my buddy from my graduate school days at Virginia Tech, Steve Clarke, was not able to make it to the race due to injury. :( I was really looking forward to seeing him and enjoying the new camaraderie based on a shared interest in triathlon. But, we will meet at another race in the future.

Pre-Race

I drove up the day before with the intent of picking up my packet, biking 30 minutes, running 15 minutes, swimming 15 minutes, and having dinner at the event banquet. I expected to chill and relax the rest of the day. Ha! I never had a dull moment. I got there right about lunch time. The hotel was not checking people in yet, so I parked, secured the bike, and headed to registration. World's Fair Park, the setting for event was at the base of the hotel on the opposite side from where I had parked and entered the building. But, there was another event in the part of the park into which I entered from the hotel. After wandering around seemingly aimless for a few minutes, I finally asked one of the vendors at the setting in which I was wandering if the event had anything to do with a triathlon. She directed me to another part of the park.

Having located registration, I painlessly registered. The swim practice time was about to expire, so I immediately grabbed my wet suit and headed for the water. I got my planned 15 minute swim in just in time and it was 2:00. I tried to find the expo as I realized I needed a light jacket for the ride in the morning. I had failed to note the weather before leaving home. It was now predicted to be cooler than it was when I checked the forecast a few days earlier. I needed to get a 30 minute ride in so I looked up nearby bike shops. If found Tennessee Valley Bicycles. They were super friendly and sold me a light, solid black jacket. It would do. I now just keep it in my "Tri bag", a bag I reserve just for races.

Swim done, ride done, time to run for 15 minutes. Done. Checked in to the hotel, carted all my stuff to my room and applied the various stickers to the bike as required. Off to transition to park the bike. The afternoon is spent and it is time to get ready for dinner.

While standing in the food line, I contemplated where to sit for dinner: a empty table, a nearly full table, or a table with a sole occupant. I chose the latter. I met Dave Miller from Maryland. He was there for the championship race for the 50-54 age group. A few other folks joined us and we talked triathlon to include some younger person's comment "I wonder what is the average BMI in here." We do like to find ways to make ourselves feel superior. Ha! The dinner was good and Rev3 put on a good presentation including speeches by 2 pros. This is the last year for pros in Rev3. Yet, all handled it professionally. The pros were introduced with appropriate reverence and they showed appreciation and regard despite acknowledging this was their last time as pros at this event.

A little shopping for yogurt, banana, and a clif bar for breakfast. Time to sleep. I readied all the rest of my equipment and put on the race tats. BED, ahhhh.....

P.S. The course was described as challenging!

The Race

Up at 5:00. Coffee and ate the yogurt, banana, and clif bar. On with the one piece tri-kit from Vulcan Triathletes, grab the gear and off to transition. Pumped the tires, set up the bike and running gear, grabbed what I needed for the swim and off to the dock. I chummed up with several fellows in my swim wave, especially Kevin Hall. It was sort of like kids on a playground making instant friends that dissolve nearly as fast as they form when play ends and parents take you home. I would see David and Kevin later in the day. Kevin passed me on the run and wished me well. I saw David after the race and we ate lunch together and reminisced on what we had just done. The swim went smooth. The bike lived up to the description, it was challenging as you can see in the following elevation chart of the course:


But, the bike performed flawlessly and I enjoyed the ride. The run was steady, but I did have to hit a porta potty. 

The Results

More detail online

May 18, 2014: Rev3 Triathlon Olympic
Time: 3:14:22
a



SwimDistance: 0.93 Miles
Time: 34:25
TransitionTime: 3:47
CycleDistance: 25 Miles
Time: 1:30:56
Rate: 16.5
TransitionTime: 2:12
RunDistance: 6.2 Miles
Time: 1:03:02
Pace: 10:10
WeatherGenerally Clear
Temperature: 54-58°
Humidity: 89-67%


Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 Statue to Statue Race Report

The Race

I had a great race. I have done this race several times before and I didn't not set a personal record today, but still I ran strong and well. I saw a number of my running buds and it was nice to have a good chin wag. I got on the first bus from the finish to the start. Yes, you park at the finish and ride a bus to the start for this point-to-point race. On the way to the start, I realized I forgot my earbuds. So, I rode the bus back to the finish, got my earbuds, and rode the bus to the start again.


I did complete a faux pas at after finishing the race. I saw a man I was sure I recognized, but I couldn't quit place him. Somehow, my brain settled on he's a veterinarian our the animal clinic we frequent. So, I asked the man if he was a vet. He said, "no, I'm an Episcopal priest." Then, I realized he was the priest at the church our family attends!

The Details

April 19, 2014: Birmingham, AL
The Ellis Porch Statue to Statue
15K, 9.3 Miles
Distance:9.3 Miles
Time:1:25:27
Heart Rate:156
Pace:9:05
Weather:Mostly cloudy
63.0°
58% Humidity