>> Monday, March 15, 2010
Or “The Second Race of the Weekend.”
Or “Turning 2 More People On to Triathlons.”
Yesterday morning, I picked up Erik, then Hannah, and then Ben - 3 members of the “College of Visual Arts Triathlon Club.” We were all heading down to Lakeville for the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon.
- Erik is big into cycling, and he’s a CVA graduate. We were buddies when we were CVA students (a LIFETIME ago!). This was his first try at triathlon!
- Ben is a senior at CVA. He’s been swimming a lot lately with his wife, and he wanted to give this a shot. It was his first triathlon as well!!
- Hannah is an old pro at this - she did the Chisago Lake Sprint Triathlon last July, and this was going to be her THIRD indoor triathlon in the last year!
Here are the 4 of us about 5 minutes before our wave started:
Hannah, Erik, Ben, and I
Hannah and Erik shared a lane, and here they are getting ready to go:
SWIM: 10 MINUTES:
Erik gave us all awkward fist bumps, they blew a whistle, and we were off! I took off at a solid (but not TOO hard) pace. I noticed after about 1.5 laps that Ben was resting at one end of the pool. I knew he was a better swimmer than that, so I hoped he was OK. He did another length or 2, and then was hanging onto the wall again. The 3rd time I saw him stopped, I pulled up quick, and asked if he was OK. He smiled and said something like “Oh yeah - now get going!” I figured he maybe went out too hard, but I didn’t know.
My splits were coming together pretty well. My 100 meter splits were 1:34, 1:44, 1:46, 1:46, and 1:49. I had over a minute left, so I was able to bang out another 75 meters in the final 1:19. That was 23 lengths!! (575 meters, or 630 yards) That’s the farthest I’ve ever done in 10:00!
They blew the whistle, Erik and Hannah hopped out, and I gave Ben a hand up and out of the pool. Erik did MUCH better than he thought he would, and Hannah improved her swim since the last indoor by a half a length! Sweet!
T1: 10 MINUTES:
Ben didn’t look too hot. Later, we learn that it was a stomach / poop issue. (I’m hope I’m not over-sharing, Ben!) He headed to the bathroom and told Erik and I to go on without him. We both reminded Ben that he could come up to the spinning studio as soon as he felt better and log some miles on the bike. He said he would. (And I KNEW he would.)
Erik had a problem that I usually have it T1: he was SUPER dizzy getting out of the water. But he was better in no time. We changed and headed up to the bikes. When we got there, Hannah was already on her bike. She was proud to be the first one out of our wave on her bike!
BIKE: 30 MINUTE SPIN:
We took off spinning at a CRAZY cadence! The bike computers just count “miles” as the flywheel goes around, so you can spin SUPER fast with little resistance to log the best distance. I had warned Erik that this was NOTHING like road-riding at all! He quickly agreed!
During the last indoor tri, I counted my RPMs over 15 seconds. I counted to 40, which is a cadence of 160! This time, I counted to 42-43, which is a cadence of 168-172! I was hoping I could maybe do a little better than last time!
Ben came in about 5-6 minutes after we had started, and I was happy to see him! He looked better, and he was ready to spin! I felt bad that he was having such a crappy (pun intended) first triathlon, but I’m SOOOO glad he didn’t throw in the towel in T1, which he easily could have done. Nice work sticking with it, Ben!!
I asked the volunteer who was flirting with me (you heard me) if she could grab my camera and snap a shot of us. Here we are all spinning:
Hunter Kemper (on the wall), Erik, Hannah, me, and Ben
T2: 5 MINUTES
We walked 200 feet to the treadmills. Nothing dramatic.
Erik stretched his hammys, and Hannah tied her (non)running shoes:
Side story: I didn’t know how my legs would hold up after the 10 mile race 2 days ago. Local rockstar triathlete Cathy Yndestad gave me some recovery advice on how to act right after the 10 miler to get ready of the indoor tri the next day. She said she once did another tri the day after doing an Oly tri, and she didn’t feel too bad until the day after the SECOND race. To over-simplify, her big advice was to cool-down well with some stretching, maybe an ice-bath (see video in previous post!), lots of vitamin C and glutamine, compress, and elevate. And this advice is coming from the 2009 USAT Triathlete of the Year, so it’s WORTH taking! Thanks Cathy!!
So anyway, my legs were feeling OK after the 10 miler the day before. I was PRETTY surprised!! The 4 of us were off and running:
So we all did all right on the run! At the last indoor tri, I ran 3.25 miles. I ran strong throughout this run, but I didn’t go NUTS at the very end. My legs were a little hashed, and I didn’t feel like hurting anything. Call me weak. Whatever. I still managed just overt 3.2 miles. I’ll take it! Hannah ran farther than she did at the last one, so she improved in ALL 3 AREAS!! Nice work!
All sweaty, smelly, and glorious, we snapped one last photo:
Nice job guys!!!
Erik DESTROYING a burrito
“Uhh... #59, stop cramming that burrito in your face. Thank you.”
Back with the results as soon as they come in! Have a good week everyone!