EatBikeWorkEatSwimEatRunEatSleep … Repeat

Since I am nearing the end of my first season as a triathlete I thought I would look at my first race and see if I have improved at all, so bear with me a bit while the anal data guru side of me rears it’s head. 🙂

Escape was done in April of 2011. It was a rough swim, and windy bike, and am eye opening run. While my problems with the swim at this venue continued at Top Gun, I looked back at my times and saw the following:

My 1/2 mile swim (which was actually a 1.2 mile swim) was clocked at 34:13. I back stroked the whole thing and struggled greatly. My 1/2 mile time now is about 16:00 in good conditions, so improvement? Yes. Though I may not do any more races at this site. Something about that swim gets me and I am tired of it messing with my psyche.

The bike was very windy, as it usually is at Fort DeSoto. I pushed hard but the swim killed my head, and I was just trying to get through at this point. Mt time for 10 miles was 43:17, about a 13 mph pace. Those of you that follow my Daily Mile entries know that my pace now hovers in the 18 mph range, and at Top Gun was right at 17.

The run, then and now, is a problem after the bike. It was a 4 mile run, at the time longer than I have ever run, and I did it in 1:06:56 … a 16:43 pace. I am about 5 minutes faster now.

My finishing time was 2:43:00. Out of 1106 entrants I finished 949 out of 949 finishers.

Correct.

The only people I beat were the ones that dropped out.

But lets look at it this way:

  • I beat 157 racers in this race.
  • Out of 109,666 males in Tampa I finished 949th.
  • Out of 38,470 males in Tampa between the ages of 45 and 54, I finished 949th.
I would say that is a successful first year …. 
Agree?

4 thoughts on “EatBikeWorkEatSwimEatRunEatSleep … Repeat

  • August 25, 2011 at 3:24 am
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    Seriously amazing improvement!!! Congrats on all your hard work this season, JC–it has all definitely paid off! Keep it up! Next season is going to be even better!

  • August 25, 2011 at 3:24 am
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    Seriously amazing improvement!!! Congrats on all your hard work this season, JC–it has all definitely paid off! Keep it up! Next season is going to be even better!

  • August 24, 2011 at 1:36 am
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    Holy shit, JC! I'm pretty sure we cheered you on! I guess the DMers did have a quick meetup.

    You're a hardass. I'll tell you why.

    I read an article on my flight to DC. It was all about the merits of triathletes and how hard elite athletes have to train and their successes. I almost didn't finish it but I had 9 hours of delays that day… but good thing I did.

    That article goes on the say that we don't watch endurance events for the first five athletes. We watch for the last five. The people who have to pull, and scrape, and cry, and can hardly walk.

    THAT'S ENDURANCE. That's heart. Good for you! You're #1 in my book, because you did it!

  • August 24, 2011 at 1:36 am
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    Holy shit, JC! I'm pretty sure we cheered you on! I guess the DMers did have a quick meetup.

    You're a hardass. I'll tell you why.

    I read an article on my flight to DC. It was all about the merits of triathletes and how hard elite athletes have to train and their successes. I almost didn't finish it but I had 9 hours of delays that day… but good thing I did.

    That article goes on the say that we don't watch endurance events for the first five athletes. We watch for the last five. The people who have to pull, and scrape, and cry, and can hardly walk.

    THAT'S ENDURANCE. That's heart. Good for you! You're #1 in my book, because you did it!

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