Tuesday, May 30, 2006

DeSoto American Triple T Tour

What a great race. I keep reading about how shelled people were Sunday morning. We must have done something right, because I never felt shelled. I had some stomach issues, but otherwise I was feeling good in the races.

Prologue - Nothing special. Hard, but not too hard. Just right.

Saturday Oly - Around 150 on the bike and 160 on the run. That felt so nice and easy, but my time was reasonable. I wouldn't change anything there either.

Saturday Afternoon Oly - I don't think I ate enough in between races, nor did I drink enough on the bike. Bike was good, between 150 and 155. I definitely bonked on the run though. Maybe I should have been a little more conservative on the bike, but mostly I think I needed for fuel for such a long day. I ended up taking 3 gels and a lot of water on the run. Probably too much water as I chucked most of it back up after the race. Hydrate more before the race and during the bike.

Sunday 1/2IM - Swim was good. On the bike I started to feel tired at the end of the first lap and my HR dropped from the mid-140s to the high 120s for the 2nd lap with Chris pulling more. Next time it would be better if Chris pulled more the first lap I think. Overall, pretty good pacing though and I felt great at the end, better than I've ever felt after a 1/2IM bike. The run started out around 160 and stayed there or a little lower. Pretty good pacing, but I struggled with the hills on the last lap. Not sure what to do there. Took 3 gels and a lot of water, plus 12 oz. of eFuel. Next time I think I should have more eFuel, fewer gels, and less water. Again the water just sat there and I chucked it all back up. With the Infinit and all the water and ice I think I was doing fine keeping cool and getting enough sodium. I don't think I needed the salt tabs. Maybe before the start of a hot 1/2IM? I did have 3 bottle of Infinit on the bike and I think that was the right amount. Next time I'd like to get more sports drink on the run and less water.

Overall pacing was pretty darn good. I don't think I would change that. Compared to others we had pretty good 1/2IM times. Perhaps a slightly easier first lap would give a better run though.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Memphis in May Triathlon

So I'm not real happy with my swim at this race. I was a minute slower than Chris. I think I was partially slowed by constantly having to sight other swimmers with the TT format. Other than that, I'm not sure what happened. The bike was just outstanding. I got my HR down and stuck to the plan keeping it near 165 and even a little below late in the ride. The run started out okay, but I never got rolling. A couple of possibilities. Maybe still a few beats too hard on the bike. I don't think I did a good job of staying cool on the run, although I'm definitely handling the heat better this year. I also may have started out a little too fast (over 170). I want another chance to bike a little easier and see if I can get that run split near my open time. That is the new goal. Run close to my open times!!! I'm going to bike as easy as it takes to make that happen.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Memphis in May MTB Triathlon

All in all, this was a good race. My first open water swim of the year went well. I was very close to Chris in a wetsuit. I'm pretty sure I biked just a little too hard though as my legs felt dead on the run. My plan was to keep the HR below 170 on the bike, but I'm sure I saw 175 a few times. Still accomplished the goal of putting down a good time for the Amateur Challenge.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Lazy E Duathlon

You know, I think I blew this one. I had a decent race, but I pushed too hard on the first run trying to stay with Carter and too hard again on the 1st bike. I paid for it on the 2nd run. I should not have had my HR above 170 for this race, but there were times when I'm sure I was near 180. Will I ever learn?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Tribbey TT

Considering how hilly this race was I'm pretty pleased with my time. My HR average was 172 and I think that would be a good number for my LT on the bike.

Monday, May 01, 2006

OKC Memorial 1/2 Marathon

I've done a bunch of races recently, so I figured I better start writing down what I learned. This seems like as good a place as any.

This was a near perfect race for me. I started out just trying to keep my HR under 170. After the halfway point I picked it up just a bit and let my HR ride just about 170. That seems like the magic spot for me in a half marathon and I would be silly to try to go any harder (note to self). Finished with a nice PR of 1:28:45