I raced in my first triathlon today, and it was fun yet disappointing…for several reasons.
Firstly it was NOT a triathlon. Crappy Canadian weather turned it into splash N dash race. Meaning there was no bike portion due to the 30cm of snow that fell overnight. Yuck!
The run was still planned to be out on the pathways, but again, blowing snow in the morning caused the event organizers to cancel the outdoor portion of the race all together. Thus we used an indoor 200m track for the run.
That turned into the next downer. Due to the volume of people in the race, they shortened the run to a mere 2 km or ten laps. This went from being a great event into a simple workout hardly worth sweating over. I anticipated beating 20 minutes at the finish line based on my training times.
The final disappointment was my actual performance. The swim started great, but I was pushing too hard to begin and lost form quickly. By about the 10th lap in the pool I could feel I was slow. I regrouped and really focused on my form, which caused a good increase in speed. You can see this in the graph. By the end of the swim I was right on pace with my pool workouts at 1:55/100m.
Transition time was 1:17. I didn’t bother to dry off, just smacked my shoes and HR monitor on started running. That means I forgot my bib number…whoops, good thing this was a short race that didn’t really matter. Need to remember that key item in longer races when it will mean disqualification.
On to the run, I accelerated quickly and immediately ran into my biggest problem yet. I was cramping up in my right side rib cage area. This was really affecting my breathing. I knew I had to run through the pain because the run is only 10 short laps and there is no time to stop and wait. Even though I was still passing people, I felt really slow. I should have been at a full sprint for most of the distance but I just couldn’t go any faster. I managed to pick up the pace during the last 3 laps but it was no use. I was just too slow. The pain also made me forget the number of laps I was on and there is a good chance that I actually ran 11. But the Garmin was not picking up a signal so now I have no proof of that. Run time was a little over 10 minutes which means I was just slightly faster than my training pace of 5:08/km. Pretty sad considering the extremely short race.
My total time was 21:16 which put me in 20th place overall. The 20 minutes I planned to break would have put me in 8th, so I am not exactly happy with my performance, but considering what happened I can’t really complain all that much. The point of entering this race was to learn, and I learned a few things.