I finally was able to run the "2nd Annual Home Tri" yesterday!
The weather was perfect! It was an unseasonably warm 70 degrees out! Due to early sunset time here, I chose to cut the bike course a little short.
Here is a "Cliff Notes" grid of my times, comparing them to last years race:
Oct 22, 2009
Swim Distance: 500 yrds
Swim Pace 2:49 (mins/100 yrds)
Bike Distance: 11.50 miles
Time: 42:43 mins
Pace: 16:15 mph
Run 5K: Time: 34:54 mins
Pace: 11:16 mins per mile
In contrast to the Sept 28, 2008 Home Tri:
Swim Distance: 600yards
Pace: 2:47 mins/100 yards
Bike Distance: 15.40 miles
Time: 62 mins
PAce: 14:22 mph
Time: 38 mins
Pace: 12:26 mins per mile.
First, I should point out that I did shorten the swim by 100yards. I haven't been in the pool much, and my neck is still tender, so I opted not to push it. Given those 2 issues, I'm satisfied that I only lost 2 seconds on my splits.
The bike portion was fantastic! The weather was perfect and the sky was gorgeous! Plus, I've hardly been on the bike lately, so I was really happy to be out there. The downside to this course is that much of it is on a major road, and I was racing during rush hour traffic. It did slow me down a little, but not much. I cut 4 miles off last years course for safety reasons, as it was getting dark out pretty fast. Increasing my pace from 14:22 to 16:15 is pretty impressive!
The run: This was the same exact out and back course that we did last year. There is really only one hill, that is about 1/2 a mile long. By the time I got to the run, it was dusk, and just beautiful out! The leaves were crunching under my feet, and I almost forgot about the pain at one point! My goal was to finish the run in under 36 minutes. I hit 34:54! So, I beat my goal by more than a minute! And beat last years run time by just over 3 minutes!
I really love doing this Home Tri! Next year, I might have to hit Cafe Press and make a T-shirt for myself :).
If any one else joined me, I'd love to hear a race report.
Thanks to my Aunt, who made a donation to the "Brain, Head and Neck Cancer Center" here in Albany, to show her support for my efforts!