Click for Waseca Sprint ResultsAfter the Chisago Half Iron last week I didn't feel too bad and over the next few days that followed I was feeling fairly recovered--but I wasn't thinking about racing. Key words "feeling fairly recovered". A few days after the half some friends asked if I was doing Waseca (Aug 1), but that was the first I even thought about it. I road for a half hour just to spin the legs out and things were ok. I had not intended to race for a few weeks after Chisago as I would need plenty of recovery time. However, feeling good, I thought "I could maybe do the Waseca third iron." Once I got on my bike on Thursday to loosen up for the TNT, however, that feeling changed. I was sluggish, sweating more that I should be, felt like riding was more work that its worth, etc. After about 15 minutes I loosened up and was feeling a little better, but couldn't imagine doing a 1/3 iron distance race (1 mile swim, 33 mile bike, 8.8 mile run). Not many showed up for the TNT--probably because the majority of TriRochester members that do them just did the half or were preparing for the 1/3--but there were about 10-12 or so. We did a 1/4 mile swim, 7.8 miles of cycling, and about a 2.2 mile run. Just a short, but intense workout. After that I felt pretty good--the bike felt great, but running was still very laborous an slow-motion-feeling. Friday and most of Saturday the thought crossed my mind to race in Waseca, but NOT the 1/3. If anything I would do the sprint (1/4 swim, 14 mile bike, 4.4 mile run). Its sort of a 'run-heavy' sprint and with heavy-feeling legs, that would be painful, but I could get thru it. Saturday afternoon came and I still hadn't decided. Carin had been off work since Wednesday and took the kids to the lake. I had done some projects around the house and was getting bored--missing the family--I figured I could take a break from home and do a short race. I had about 12 hours before the race started and I decided to do it. Andrew G. and I had emailed a couple times over the last couple of days--he was pre-registered and offered to drive so I took him up on it.
Pre-race: We got there at about 6:15am and I had to register on the spot. We got set up in transition...then waited. And waited. And waited some more. I wasn't going to wear my wetsuit, but Joanna H. convinced me that the time you spend taking it off will be saved in the water. Plus, less energy expended in the water. I saw that Mederic H. and Jesse N., both doing the Sprint, were wearing them so I figured I'd better too. Doing a sprint that starts after all the 1/3 iron competitors were well into their swim makes it hard to warm-up so all I was able to do was get in the water and swim a 100 yards or so. Then....more waiting.
SWIM .25 miles (goal: 8-9 minutes)
I decided to swim hard and fast. For me that is more like an intent, than actually doing it. I don't have many levels of swimming speed, but I tried. For the Sprint, I was in wave 2--men 40 and up in wave 1, 39 and under wave 2. I actually caught several people in wave 1 (they were wearing light blue caps, 39 and under wore white). I got out of the water, but didn't see a timing mat. The mat to end the swim was actually at the entrance of the transition area which had to be 75 yards from the water. Swim Time- 8:53 (16th overall)
T1 (goal- get in an out, fast)
T1 went well and I was out and on my bike. Turns out I wasn't too fast in here.
T1 time- 1:10 (not even in the top 20)
BIKE 14 miles (goal: fastest bike split, to catch everyone, including those in wave 1, and the leader--probably Jesse or Mederic--and get to T2 first)
Within 2 blocks of getting out on the road, my chain fell off. Yes, it did. How often does that happen??? I couldn't shift it back on because it didn't fall to the inside--it hopped over the big ring and was hanging on my right pedal. I stopped, got it back on, and resumed. About 10 minutes into the bike, I caught Mederic. I would need a lot of time on him because he can outrun me even if I am having a good day. I caught Jason F. at about 13 minutes. He's pretty quick for a newbie (not to mention his bike is intimidating--Kuota Kween K with Reynolds wheels--new and sweet looking). I figured if I had any chance at getting out in front and staying there I would have to catch Jesse before the turn-around. I was about 1/4 mile out from the turn when Jesse and I crossed each other. He had a couple guys just seconds off of him too. We saw each other and I'm sure that gave him a little more incentive to move faster. After the turn around (mile 7), I clawed my way up to Jesse, but not until around mile 10. He stayed pretty close for a mile or so, not close enough to draft, but too close for me to feel like I had a gap. I opened a much larger gap at that point. No one else was in front of me. About 1 block or so from T2 there were a lot of spectators and volunteers cheering and yelling stuff. I was sort of numb to it as I was thinking of how I could get out of Jesse's site ASAP once I left T2. Bike Time- 34:21 (24.45 mph average, Fastest Bike Split, first to T2)
T2 (goal- get in and out fast, duh)
T2 is beautiful when you don't see any bikes, but your own! While I was in T2 putting on my shoes, I heard the crowd roaring again. Jesse was within a block of T2. I thought I was a little quicker in and out, but...
T2 Time- 0:52 (26th overall)