Yesterday was the Railrunner 10 Miler & 5K. It was originally scheduled 2 weeks ago but thanks to a foot of snow & 3 inches of rain the course was flooded out. I won a race entry from 3 Way Racing at one of the West 6th Tuesday night runs. I signed up for the 5K since there was no way I was in 10 mile shape.
|Treacy, Audrey, Mary & Me|
The 10 miler started at 9AM & the 5K at 9:05AM. My favorite cheerleader, Steve, was back too. This makes me happy. It was weird not having him at my last race.
Our run group was split between the 10 Miler & the 5K. Once I started running I was very happy to only be doing the 5K. I have been building my run / walk intervals since the first of the year & decided to run 1 mile, walk 1 minute for this race. It worked well - I pushed hard but not too hard since I knew I had to run another 5K on Sunday.
5K Time: 30m24sec - 3/19 AG <<------ Also read 3rd in Age Group!
This was the first time running this event & it was awesome. The facility is great. Indoor toilets, heated pavilion to hang out before & after the race. Post race food - Gliers goetta sliders, Zaxby's chicken sandwich & Ice Cream. All racers received a finishers medal. The best part of the race is it benefits the Chrysalis House. This event raised almost $6K for Chrysalis House. Just Awesome.
Race #2 of the Twofer:
This morning was another early wake up. It was the 2nd race in the Shelbyville Triathlon Series. (Race #1 Report). The 2nd race is a 400 yard swim, 12 mile bike & 3.1 mile run. The weather was about the same as yesterday - low to mid 40s for race time so we were on for a tradition triathlon today.
Due to a miscommunication during registration the swim ended up being self seeded. I was not too thrilled with that but it actually worked out well. I self seeded around 9:30 and was only passed by 2 people. I didn't pass anyone. For the majority of the swim I had clear water. I remembered that I forget to start my watch around 60 yards into the swim. I started it mid stroke. Didn't really matter since I somehow also messed up the multisport setting. Oh well.
Swim Time: 9m25s <<---- Pretty darn close to my 9m30s self seeded time
T1 felt like an eternity & it pretty much was. My plan was to wear my BTC kit for the swim & then put cycling tights, a jacket & windbreaker on for the bike. It is not fun trying to put on clothes over wet skin. I did the best I could & headed out to the transition area. There I put on my socks, shoes, helmet & gloves. I always feel discombobulated during the first triathlon of the season. Even more so when it is cold & extra clothing is needed.
T1 Time: 3m37s
The first half of the loop was into the wind. I didn't realize that at first - I just thought I was painfully slow coming into my first race of the season. This winter I did try to maintain my bike with lots of spin classes & time on the trainer. The only outdoor rides were the last couple of weeks on the Legacy Trail. I had no idea where my speed was going to be for this race.
When we finally turned I realized how windy it was because it felt like I was flying. Since I had accidentally set my watch to swim I had no idea what my speed was and since I started it late I really didn't know where I was time wise. Again, oops & oh well.
Bike Time: 41m40s (17.3 mph) <<----- OK, wow, that was a surprise. I ended the last season at Tri for Sight with a 17.1 mph ride so this was super shocking. I really thought I was somewhere in the 15 mph range. My data junkie self really wishes I didn't botch my watch settings since it would be nice to confirm the course was really 12 miles. :-)
T2 was crazy slow too. I was planning to wear my New Balance shoes that had the speed laces but after how sore my calves were this morning I switched to my Hokas. These do not have speed laces yet so I actually had to tie my shoes in T2 - gasp! I stripped off the wind breaker but left the jacket & cycling tights on for the run.
T2 Time: 2m10s
I decided my run/walk interval would be 3 minute run / 2 minute walk. The Hoka's were the right call. These shoes are really working great for me right now.
About 3 minutes into the run I had the sensation that my pants were falling down. Well, that's because they were! What make good cycling tights does NOT make for good run tights. Every few minutes I had to pull them up. I finally pulled them up & tucked them into my tri shorts which worked well enough to get me to the finish.
I followed my run/walk interval until the turnaround. I decided to walk the hills instead & I think that worked well for me. It meant more running but it did my calves good.
Run Time: 33m08s
As usual, when I was driving out to Shelbyville this morning I was wondering why, oh why do I do these races? Can't I just train & be happy with that. Well, of course after the finish the feeling is always the opposite. I am so glad I signed up for this series. It pushed me to train all winter when I would have been much more lax like previous years. I think I am starting this season where I left off last season which is great. Now if I can only stay injury free!
Total Time: 1h30m02s <<---- Ugh, I totally could have run 3 seconds faster!
Age Group: 2 / 3 <<----- Hello, what!? Another age group place? OK, so the odds were pretty damn good today but still I am still digging it.
|Me & Kimberly|
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