I have been reading these all season and I finally get to post one myself, how satisfying. Anyway, I will keep it short and sweet, or at least try.
While this wasn't my first ever triathlon, it is as close to it as possible. I did this same event in 2007 on a whim, mostly as a way to get back into shape and entered it so I had a goal. The problem was I wasn't serious and didn't take the training seriously at all...and it showed. While I did finish, and didn't finish last, it was pretty ugly and I didn't want that to be my "Triathlon Legacy". So, I planned to do it again last year and make it right. Well, that didn’t work out so well, but for a good reason. My wife and I had our second child in January of 2008 and if I didn’t think I could train right BEFORE the baby, there is no way I was going to (nor would my wife let me) dedicate the time right AFTER…so I let it go, and glad I did, those days don’t come back.
So that brings us to this year. I decided to make things right and give it another go. This time I trained a bit harder, a bit longer and was able to actually set some goals besides “finish”. I made a list of “must have” goals and then a list of “would be great if” goals…much like I have read from other race reports.
My first “must have” was to improve my swim time by 5 minutes. This is by far my worst event (not alone there I know) and I was EMBARRASSED by my swim time from 2007. Anyway, I improved by close to 6 minutes…very pleased though I still need a lot of swimming help LOL.
My second goal was to bike under an hour. I finished in 52:35…check.
Third was 5 minute improvement in run…I improved by 5:08…check.
And finally I wanted to beat my overall time by 15 minutes…I beat it by more than 27…VERY happy with that.
I didn’t reach my “would be great” goals of under 50:00 bike (though I know I could have…was too concerned about leaving enough for the run) and under 30:00 run. I also thought I could be in the top 50% if I had a great race…missed that by 3:30.
But the bottom line is that I achieved my “must haves” and walked away stoked to get ready for The Nation’s Triathlon in September. I also feel like I redeemed myself, at least a little bit, for my poor 2007 race and the lack of training leading up to it. But the highlight of my day was sharing the it with my 5 year old son. Seeing the signs he made as I passed him on the bike and run, and then having him run across the finish line with me made for a great Father’s Day. He has been waiting for me to race since February and now he wants to start HIS training for the Kid’s Triathlon in Columbia next year…too funny.
Oh, and THANK YOU SO MUCH to those who volunteered and manned the tent. Not only did it allow me to stay a little drier and a little warmer waiting for my late start time (I was literally the last person in the pool) but I got a chance to meet some other club members…something I haven’t been able to do since I joined.