I went on a long ride out to Jones with the good people of BikeHers. Paula's spin instructor led the ride and I was able to meet a couple of good people with a lot of biking experience. I also met a fellow triathlete who has participated in many, many Ironmans.
This past Saturday, I rode in the Spin Your Wheels 62 mile ride. I rode 10 or so miles to the start, and another 12 or so back. In all, I got in about 90 miles. I highly recommend the ride. Well staffed and supported.
Quick aside, though. Do groups of triathletes draft each other when out on training rides? Unless they're training for the Tour's Team Time Trial, I don't really get it. Train as you race, and drafting is a no go. I ask because on each of these rides I've done, I've seen pacelines full of TT bikes. Seems dangerous. /rant
Yesterday, I raced the Arcadia Triathlon put on by TriOKC. I signed up on a whim, thinking an extra open water swim would do me good. Paula was also able to join me, which made it all the more fun. Here's a quick race report:
I warmed up by swimming the course twice, putting in 1000 meters before the race. Since today was a training day, I wanted to get my money's worth out of a supervised lake swim. After setting up my bike, I headed down to the water.
The swim was a clockwise triangle that started on the east side of the beach. The swim was pretty uneventful. There was a little bumping and grabbing, but nothing substantial. I exited the water feeling pretty good.
(Very quick video of exiting the water)
I took my sweet time in transition. Again, not racing but getting everything together. Once on the bike, I decided to see what was left in my legs after yesterday's 90 miler. I was a little sluggish up some of the hills, but felt solid overall. My Garmin wouldn't turn on and I took that as an excuse not to pay attention to my heart rate. I'm sure it was through the roof.
Just after the turn around, another racer and I would exchange places. I was faster on the flats and descents, and he was quicker going up hill. After cresting a modest hill, something happened to his bike and he pulled off the road. I slowed and asked if he needed help. After stopping and seeing what was going on, I handed him my bike tool. I wished him luck and said he could return the tool after the race. Back on the bike I went and pedaled into T2. I figure I lost about 45 sec to a minute helping him out. But again, this was a training day. Right?
I managed to catch 4 or 5 racers that passed me when I pulled over. Heading onto the run, I was right behind another guy in my age group. I figured this 5K was going to be a battle royale, but he wasn't up to the challenge. I settled into a 6:45/6:50 pace or so and just kept grinding. I picked off a few people, and kept it steady into the finish. Before I knew it, the race was over and I was eating Oreos and sipping on Gatorade.
I checked the tenative results, and I placed 3rd in my age group. Sweet. Check out the prize. I love practical awards:
(I've always wanted a pull buoy. Honestly.)
Paula and I ate some breakfast at Pops and then continued on with our day. All in all, it was a good race and experience. Would race again!! A++
So, with less than two weeks until IM Louisville, the taper has begun. But not before I completed 4250 yards (2.4 miles) at the YMCA tonight. Slow and steady and finished in 1:16:18.
Now, time for all the chores around the house I've been putting off during training.