Sunday, July 27, 2008

Three podiums in a row!

So Saturday July 19th, was the first annual Union YMCA Sprint Tri. This was Julie's first triathlon and I decided to race it too. It was quite short, 300yd swim, 14.5 mi bike, and 5k run. We both had good races and both won our age groups. I was so proud of her!! She had great swim and bike, and did well for her on the run. I saw her come in on the bike and she looked pretty fresh after a very hilly 14.5 miles. She finished at 1:43:36 I was pleased with my time of 1:10:38. That put me 7th overall. I had a good bike for me, but still 5-7 minutes behind the top couple of riders. My first transition was slow too because I tried to get my top on after the swim, to keep it out of the chlorine and it took forever because it was all bunched up under my arms.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tri the Pee Dee

First ever age-group win! A decent showing in all disciplines and some quick transitions helped me hold off the other age groupers to take first. Also, this should get me to second in the overall standings for the race series.

Swim: 700m. Started standing in the water about thigh deep. At the start I took about five or six hard steps then dolphin dived in to get going. My goggles were foggy and there was a low fog over the lake that made sighting very difficult. I even stopped once on the back leg to rinse out my goggles. I didn't push it as hard as I could but my time was decent. 13:35 OA: 40, AG: 1

T1: Tried a new tactic of stepping into my race number and having it on during the bike. This will work for a short race, but I think the number will get on my nerves too much on a longer bike. Time of 1:39 including about 250m run to transition.

Bike: Pancake flat and boring. I was dying for a hill to climb then fly down. I actually passed a few folks on the bike. One guy was in tennis shoes, so he doesn't count!! Time of 43:35 OA: 41, AG: 3

T2: Very good transition. Rack bike, take off helmet, put on shoes. Time of 0:35

Run: Only dissappointment of the day. I wanted to go under 20 minutes. Three lap course on uneven terrain. I went hard but came up just short of my goal. Time of 20:07 OA: 11, AG: 1

Total time of 1:19:28 OA: 20, AG: 1

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My wife is a hottie!!

Julie and I just went for her second open road bike ride. I took her on a 15.5 mi course that has some good hills between miles 4-9. She did awesome, riding at 17 mph with some good headwinds in sections also. She also did a quick 0.5 mi jog afterwards. Not to mention she's smokin hot!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Julie's First Ride

So my wife is going to try a few short sprint tri's this year. The first one is in Union on July 19th. She's been working out hard for almost three months doing the P90X video series and she definitely has gotten a lot stronger in all muscle groups and very strong in the core. She has also been in the pool once or twice a week for about 2 months. I was impressed with her stroke. She had decent form from the start and swims fairly quickly. She also has done the spinning class at the gym a few times.

I worked on the loaner bike that I've been borrowing from a friend and passing around to different riders and got it ready for the road again. It's a decent bike with middle to lower end components and a steel frame, but definitely not a wind slicing rocket ship.

We headed out from our house and did an out and back 12 mile ride that is fairly flat with some rollers and a few gradual ascents over 1 mile long. She did well with shifting and keeping out of traffic and finished at a 16.5mph average speed. A great ride for her first outing.

I told Will that he was done as my riding partner because a found a much nicer view to draft behind!!
Everyone wants to win, few want to prepare.