There I am suffering toward the finish line--video by Brian Maas. I finished 1 min 29 seconds slower than last years Rochesterfest Olympic Triathlon. Why...? Not sure. Where..? On the bike. I improved all other splits, although by very little. However, the bike took me much longer. Was I low on energy (calorically depleted), was the bike course harder despite it 'looking' like a faster course, did I mess up my taper/was my tapering period too long......? I think it may be a little bit of all of that combined.
Here's my goal splits for the race, 2010 & 2011, and the actual:
OVERALL GOAL TIME- 2:09:59 or less
ACTUAL TIME- 2:14:55
2010- 27:23 (rank 51st)
2011 Goal- 26:45
2011 Actual- 27:21 (rank 49th)
The concensus among returning participants was that turn number 3 in the long course was extended further into the corner of the lake, adding distance. Race directors says the course was measured 'spot on'. I trust him--was last years course short....? Maybe.
2011 Goal- 1:59
2011 Actual- 1:56 (YAY!!)
2010- 1:01:41, ranked 6th overall
2011 Goal- 1:00:30
2011 Actual- 1:03:55, ranked 11th overall - BOOO!
I don't know what happened on the bike. Just slower. Strange thing is, is that they have my overall speed faster this year at 24.4 mph. Last year with a faster time, they have my speed at 24.1 mph. What the...
2011 Goal- 1:05
2011 Actual- 1:01 (YAY!)
I put on my right shoe, then put that foot under me and was squating on the right leg while putting on the left shoe--MY RIGHT HAMSTRING FROZE UP AND CRAMPED! I paniched, then relaxed and it instantly went away. Whew!! No delay in T2 split.
2010- 41:03 (6:36 per mile)
2011 Goal- 39:30 (6:21 per mile)
2011 Actual- 40:46 (6:34 per mile)...Yay...?
Slight improvement, but not enough. I saw Brian coming in for his last 200 yards or so to finish up the sprint while I was just going out to start my run. I was hurtin. Mile one was pure suffering. At just short of 1.5 miles out, I saw Alex Hooke coming towards me in the lead. I clapped a couple times and yelled, "YOU GOT IT ALEX," as we criss crossed. About a hundread 50 yards later Dan Hedgecock was coming at me. Moving faster than Alex. Oh oh. About a minute later, Sam Janicki was coming at me. Dan caught Alex, but Sam didn't. They finished top 3: Dan, Alex, Sam. I continued to run in a dizzying state. Mile 2 hurt. Mile 3 was ok, then mile 4, 5 & 6 seemed tolerable as I knew I was on my way back. As I climb up the dirt path back to 37th Street, I thought I could go under 40 minutes--but then the next turn looked like it was 10 miles down the road. WOW that was tough. Oh well.
FINAL TIME- 2:14:55 FULL OLYMPIC RESULTS SPRINT RESULTS
Now, exactly 12 weeks and counting until Ironman Wisconsin. Let the looooong training begin.