Whoa, where did the last three weeks go? I found myself muttering this before the gun went off on Sunday for the Buffalo Triathlon. This race report will catch you up on all things Cody during the past three weeks, spanning three races: Gear West Duathlon, Apple Duathlon and Buffalo Triathlon.
I had a nice week off between Cinco Du Mayo and the Gear West Duathlon in which I did a little bit of maintenance training. Gear West and Apple were both “train-through” races for me because I don’t quite have the running pace to keep up with the fastest guys (you know who you are). With that being said, we’ll jump into the fun.
Gear West Duathlon May 19, 2013
Run 1: 20:25
Run 2: 21:52
Overall: 1:27:20, 1st in 25-29 AG*, 35/250 overall
*Three of top Four overall “elites” were 25-29, whatever, I’ll take the fake victory.
An interesting race, considering the awful, difficult and muddy run course, I’ll be back. It was a pretty tough race for me to get into a comfortable pace with my running right out of the gate. I ran 6:02 the first mile and then spiraled downward as the course became more and more muddy. It was just a tough run course, period.
My bike has been neglected due to the awful weather we’ve had all spring and this pace wasn’t really a good indication of my fullest potential. A 23.3 mph average isn’t really all that stellar for myself, I’ll work on it though. The bike course was easy with a couple good rollers.
Run 2 was even less fun. The course was pretty trampled and destroyed after all ~300 athletes ran through the first loop so it was a mess. I actually saw a few people crash on the run course, that was pretty atypical.
All in all, I performed as well as I could have expected. Live to fight another fight, they say.
Apple Duathlon, May 25, 2013
Run 1: 19:23 (6:15/mi.)
Bike: 54:16 (22.7 mph avg.)
Run 2: 20:50 (6:43/mi.)
Overall: 1:35:46, 4th in 25-29 AG, 38/300 overall
Another grey and dismal day for racing. Being that Apple was a world qualifier, I fully expected to be off any podium for the race. Lots of out-of-staters came here and all the speedy folk from my age group were there as well (minus a couple, notable speedsters).
Run 1 was pretty fun, I’ll admit. I went out hard and stayed with Brian (Sames) for 100m, then he dropped me like Chinese class. I ran hard and finished sub 20 in the first 5k to set myself up for a decent position on the bike. The hills of Sartell were pretty pounding on the legs and the wind started to pick up toward the end of the run.
The bike course was windy. There are no two ways about it, I had no legs for the winds and got frustrated pretty quickly. I also pushed a few too many buttons on the garmin and didn’t have data during the bike.
Run 2 was also, surprisingly, strong. I felt pretty good after my middling bike efforts and pushed up the hill and out of transition. I knew I was somewhere in the top 5 and that no one was really close to me in my AG so I could coast a little bit. I coasted the first couple miles and then dug a little deeper to ensure that I wasn’t caught by the next athlete behind me (who happened to be in my AG). All in all it was a fine day. Brian took 5th overall, because he’s an animal, and won the AG. The next three in AG were within shouting distance so, I couldn’t complain. Alex also had a great race and completed her first duathlon after the unfortunate crash a few weeks earlier. It was way fun to cheer her on as she came in.
In general, duathlon season was fun. I am glad to get some fire into the legs and feel the competitive streak come back for race season. I couldn’t WAIT to get to a triathlon so I could swim!
Buffalo Olympic Distance Triathlon, June 2, 2013
Swim: 22:20 (1:22/100 yd., OD PR)
Bike: 1:05:52 (22.4 mph avg.)
Run: 43:10 (6:58/mi.)
Overall: 2:14:24 (OD PR), 14th in Elite, 24/388 overall
Ah yes, the first triathlon of the season, a great way to shake out the legs and make sure the wetsuit doesn’t have any holes! The entrant list looked pretty thin a few days before the race and I thought that, perhaps, I could sneak my way into a top 10 overall. However, my luck being what it is, fast folks showed up last minute. I still felt I could finish respectably and learn a lot after seeing some of the fast names that showed up and I (somewhat) did.
The water was pretty chilly, there’s no other way to describe it. Alex and I swam in Cedar Lake on Thursday and knew what we were in for this weekend (She raced and did AWESOME on Saturday at New Bri). I decided before the race that the only chance I had of a high finish was to have a great swim. Knowing the field pretty well, I picked some drafting partners out before the race. I ended up swimming with Patrick Parish and Ben Trnka most of the way. I ended up doing less work than Ben or Patrick due to our not really being familiar with one another’s pacing (i.e. I was slowing when they were and vice versa). Regardless, it was a great swim and I exited near the pointy end.
Oof, my bike legs are just not there, yet. Again, windy, frustration, dropped chain, middling result. I need to find some of that top end pace before my half (two weeks, I know) so I can have a prayer at making some noise in High Cliff (other than a whimper). I passed a few dudes and was passed by two, all in all, uneventful.
I checked my watch after leaving T2 and saw “1:31:xx”. Knowing that it’s windy, the run course is tough and that it’s early in the season I felt quite pleased about all this. As you’ll see in the run data below, Buffalo is no joke for a 10k; the first 5k essentially brutalize your legs to a point of no return and then you have to blast down the hills the last 5k. As I was blowing up around mile 3 I decided to coast for a half mile and see if I could recharge the legs. Apparently it did the trick. I ran the last two miles in ~13:00. I caught Ben in the last mile and was totally taken by surprise; Ben is a far superior runner to myself and was obviously struggling. I’ll take the overtake on the run any day though.
As I crossed the like in 2:14:24 I felt really happy with my results considering circumstances and the odd training season that has preceded the triathlon season. I’ve got a LOT of work to do if I want to maintain my goals from pre-season, though. I need to put in a good training block between Buffalo and High Cliff so I can compete for a high finish there. In general, I feel optimistic and motivated for the next phase of the season!
Data from Buffalo:
Race Pictures from Buffalo:
Finish Line Suffering:
Whoa, that’s a long report…