>> Monday, March 17, 2014
Yesterday, Pharmie and I raced an Indoor Triathlon in Minneapolis (they had 3 distances, and we both did the shortest), and Henry was there to cheer us on the entire way. Here's a bunch of photos from the day.
I was in the first wave, so I got there an hour before Henry and Pharmie.
The bikes set up along the track pre-race.
Our transition mats set up just outside of the pool.
Pre-race potty tradition.
A "thumbs up" for Henry!
I took off pretty fast. I hit the first 100 in 1:21, but then my watch stopped taking splits. (It wasn't "user error" - the button literally would not push until I reset something while on the bike 10 minutes later.) I think I saw 4:35 at the 300 yard point, which meant those 200 yards were 3:14 (1:37 ave), and I finished in 6:08, meaning my final 100 would have been 1:31. That's all very possible, but not 100% verified. Not bad for my "I'll be around 6:10" prediction in Saturday's post.
Climbing out as the first one in my heat to leave the pool!
If you put 2 photos together from me climbing out, it looks like I took a quick twerk break.
(Which I did, of course.)
Running to the bikes.
I ran to the farthest spin bike and started spinning:
Once everyone else was spinning with me.
There's the start/finish line on the track for the upcoming run.
(The flag and the large orange cone.)
You can see the upper track where I've been doing a lot of my runs lately (6 laps/mile).
Henry and I took a moment to have a serious conversation about the pros and cons of
US military involvement in the Crimea conflict. He made a persuasive argument.
I hopped off my bike and was right at the startline of the run. I was moving fast.
NOT A BAD HEEL-STRIKE! Counting my footstrikes during every run
for the last 2 years has been paying off!
Running past people on bikes and a banana-eating Henry.
My next 2 splits were 1:22 and 1:23. I was fading a bit, but keeping decent speed! I knew I'd be under 5:30, and I was thrilled! I actually came to the finish of the run before anyone else in my wave had finished their bike (with a final 0.25 mile of 1:19).
Powering to the finish!
I TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE MY SON TRYING TO HIGH-FIVE ME AT THE FINISH!
I didn't know anything about this until I saw this photo a few hours post-race! Sorry buddy!
Still looking for that high-5 just after I finished...
... but I thought he was asking for a hug!
He FINALLY got his high-5!!!!
And then he went running off.
Well, here... just have a look at the official finisher's card we all got:- 400 yard swim: 1:32.00 / 100 yard pace in the pool
- 8 mile bike: 36.78 mph on the bike (yeah, sure, right)
- 1 mile run: 1:20.75 / quarter mile on the track
3 RACE NOTES:
• I raced about how I had hoped: really close to "all out" in the pool, more nonchalant on the bike, and then a pretty hard run. But it was all pretty casual: I don't remember thinking about ANY form in the pool. (Was my streamline good? Was I over-rotating? Who knows.) I spent half the time on the bike smiling and waving at Henry, and it was great. And then I just ran pretty hard.
• I didn't "kill it" at the end of the run. I was happy with my time, and I DID pick up the pace a bit at the end, but I didn't absolutely sprint to the finish. This was my first hard running since the end of August - I didn't want to be dumb.
• My legs / hips felt good during the race. Near the end, my lower right groin / upper right knee was a bit sore, but not bad at all. I hit the foam roller at the Y before heading home. And my hip was a little achy last night, but not any worse than after my recent 5 mile (easy) runs.
Nicole (the race director) said she has back problems right before and after this race because of how much time she spends hunched over a computer. Here she is furiously tallying results and writing out the finisher's cards during the race:
Henry wanted to go upstairs and run a lap on the track, and then we had a "picnic snack" as he kept calling it:
All ready to swim.
Pharmie's heat listening to some pre-race info (she's in the red cap).
By her "pregnant race pace" estimate, she was put in a slightly slower heat.
Her lap counter waving a kick board in her face to signal 1 lap to go.
If you didn't know Pharmie was 32+ weeks pregnant, you do now.
Running off to the bike.
Did I mention that my pregnant wife was the 2nd one in her wave to start riding!?!
Wave 4 riding!
Henry stealing Mama's water as she changes her shoes for the run.
I love those 2! (Well, technically THREE.)
One more high-5 with about 2 laps left.
Final 15 meters!
Crossing the line to some cheers!
And another big hug from Henry!
- 8:40 Swim (2:10 / 100 yds)
- 2:21 T1
- 18:12 Bike (26.37 mph)
- 0:40 T2
- 10:21 Run (2:35.25 / quarter mile)
- OVERALL: 40:14
Results aren't up yet, so I'll post those when they come out in a day or two. I'm pretty sure I'll have the fastest run, and I'm 90% sure I probably won - we saw a speedy woman in the wave after Pharmie's that I'm a little worried about. Oh, and here's a shout out to wave 6 - they were the "fast" wave of the MEGA Sprint distance, and they were going NUTS on the bike:
Thanks for coming to cheer us on, Henry! Back with results when they come in.