Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mass State Race Report: Unexpected results

Well, that was rough. I was cooked on that run. It was hotter than expected, and I needed more water on the bike. Lesson learned, take a second bottle of just water. I got through the first mile and half before stopping to walk. My heart rate kept creeping up over 180, so I kept stopping. Eight times in total. Ended up running a 59 minute 10K. Yeesh.

At first I didn't like having the gps watch on the run cause those splits were brutal, but I ended up appreciating having it, monitoring my heart rate, slowing pace or walking when it got out of hand.

Here's the thing though: I had exactly the same time as last year. I did the swim in 23 minutes (so 5 minutes faster than last year - advantage: wetsuit), did the bike 1:19 (2 minutes faster, average of 18.5mph), and then did the run 7 minutes slower. And I took second in my age group, and I got a pint glass.

I felt sort of bad that after such a crappy run, I could still place. If I had been in one age group up or one age group down, I wouldn't have placed by about 20 minutes. But, that said, I came 2nd out of 18 in my age group.

Lessons for next time:
  • Water on the bike. Also drinking all the way up til the start.
  • My stomach was still not happy, but considering it was unhappy for the whole day I'm not sure how much of that was race-related.
  • Need to practice those mounts/dismounts again.
  • Definitely more taper for that next race.
  • Also may try to do a little more mid-day running to better acclimatize.


Dave July 18, 2011 at 6:39 AM  

i can't click on your graph. ;(

Laura July 18, 2011 at 9:23 AM  

Fixed. Should take you to the garmin site for complete data.

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