Yea, I know this is a little late, this should have been posted on Sunday.
Sunday was Triathlon Day!
Andrew raced at the Huntersville Sprint Tri. His swim needs some work, but overall he did really well. He registered as a novice, this being his first triathlon. He finished 2nd out of the novice category, and 60th overall out of 275 racers. He had the 9th fastest run time of the day, ~50th fastest bike time, and ~230th fastest swim time. And, as I expected, he is looking for the next triathlon to run.
Sunday was also the day of the Tri It For Lift Mock Tri. We ran the race course at almost race pace, with the 100 TIFL athletes. They still wanted mentors with every cycling group, so our swim was grouped by cycling speed. I was in the fastest cycling group. I was 4th in the pool and 5th out. We rode the bike course with our bike group of 4 athletes (and 2 mentors) – I was 2nd out on the bike and 2nd back. The run we were allowed to complete at our own pace – I was 3rd out of transition into the run, and 1st back. I was really glad to have this practice round to see what I need to work on. I know I need to really work on my transitions – they felt really slow.
Andrew’s first triathlon (Huntersville Sprint) will be next Sunday, April 27. His training is going well, tapering off this week to get ready for the race. His last long run was today, and he’ll have 1 tempo run this week. He’s planning to use the tempo run this week to test out his new race shoes – Pearl Izumi EM Road N1 (thanks Sean!). We’ll go on a long ride on Tuesday, and probably do lots of yoga this week!
My mock-tri is April 27. I’ve been fighting a cold since Wednesday, so my training is slacking a bit right now. Luckily for me I still have several weeks until the real race. I did get my tri-suit this week, so thats something at least!
My transition clinic was supposed to be yesterday, but it got rained out. We’re supposed to be having a mini-clinic this week, during which I will be at job #1. So I’m turning to YouTube and the internet to learn how to set up my transition area. I know all the stuff I should have in my transition area and (in theory) how I should set it all up, but I am glad I will have a practice session to put it all together before race day. I think I am going to use a yoga mat (mine is bright green and should be easy to find) to lay everything on instead of a towel. I’ve also decided to use stretchy laces on my running shoes to cut down on time.
Wish us luck for next weekend!
Andrew and I are both training for a triathlon this summer. Andrew is running the Huntersville Sprint Triathlon in Huntersville, NC on April 27. Thats just 2 weeks away! This sprint tri is a 500yd pool swim, 20K road bike, and 5K road run. I am running the South Charlotte Ramblin Rose on June 1. The Ramblin Rose is a beginners tri, so its a 200yd swim, 8 mile road bike, and 2 mile road run.
For both of us, this will be our first triathlon. For both of us, the swim is our weakest discipline. We’ve been swimming every chance we get – but that’s usually only once or twice a week! We’re cycling and riding 2 or 3 times a week as well. Andrew has been lucky enough to have access to a computrainer, so his bike training hasn’t been affected by the weather. A computrainer is an awesome contraption – you hook your bike up to it, then it adjusts resistance so you can ride any course in the world you want. I’ve been riding on the booty loop mostly, and bike routes around Charlotte. Andrew has been good at keeping up with his track workouts, so his speed is definitely improving. I’m lucky to get 30 minutes in after work, but at least I’m running!
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to cheer for his triathlon, because my mock tri is the same day. Give us a cheer Sunday April 27 and Sunday June 1 to help us through those big races!