OK--as promised--here is the first of three i owe you--in all it's ugliness!
2014 Jersey Genesis Sprint Triathlon Race Report
May 31st, 2014
Location: Port Republic, New Jersey
Distance: 0.53-mile swim/15-mile bike/4-mile run
2014 Triathlon Race Number: 5
Career Triathlon Race Number: 142
Conditions: Mild—temp around 67 degrees. Modest wind. Water temp of about 64 degrees.
The big issue facing me in this race is how my lower left leg would hold up. I was way behind in my run training before my peroneal longus was strained and much more so post the injury. I was also facing two far superior triathletes in Ken Lehner and Nace Mullen so I knew I was (at best) racing for third in my AG. There were 240 triathletes racing overall and 16 in my AG.
Still, I was anxious to do this race as I needed to either figure out if I could just train/race going forward and rebuild my run fitness through training or if I needed to step back and seek some more serious PT so that I could pave the way towards my Kona IM on October 11th. I was pretty apprehensive.
I was pretty positive about my swim. I’ve been really focusing on it over the last month or so and plan to continue to do so all the way to Kona. I was better a couple of years ago when I really focused on it and I see no reason to not regain a bit of that glory—I really enjoy swimming—especially here at the Jersey Shore and with just 10,000-15,000 yards/week, I can get pretty good (for me).
At the start, I lined up on the far right and generally had a pretty tame swim. I felt like I was doing a solid job but I wasn’t reaching for it, as I knew I would most likely finish third and the big issue was going to be my run.
I finished the swim in 13:09 and clocked it at 0.53-miles. This, in my view, is pretty solid. It works out to a 24:36/mile pace (24 min/mile is my gold standard). I took 479 strokes so I averaged 1.95 yds/stroke (when I hit 2 yds/stroke I’m really fit). I also averaged 36.4 spm, which is very solid. When I’m at 2 yds/stroke and 37 spm I average 23:47/mile—which is about the best I can expect. This is equivalent to swimming a 57-minute Ironman time…. The best I’ve ever done at that distance is 66 minutes.
So, from a competitive perspective, I was 27th OA out of 240 (89.2 %-tile). My prior years at this site:
2002: 59.7 %-tile
So, in one sense I had my best career swim here this morning.
In my AG I was 3rd on the swim:
1. Lehner --------
2. Mullen + 1:47
3. Christofferson + 2:34
4. Senff + 2:36
5. Conger + 2:59
I exited the swim feeling like I had a very solid swim. I proceeded to do as good a job on T1 as I thought I could but was very much schooled by Ken and Nace—I had the 3rd fastest T1 in my AG and just 66th OA (72.9%-tile):
1. Lehner --------
2. Mullen + 1:58
3. Christofferson + 3:02
4. Senff + 3:12
I’ve whined quite a bit about my lack of bike training and fitness this year in prior posts so I won’t do so here (except to say its true). I pushed as much as I could but I was really not ready to race well. I averaged 232 watts (and my NP came in at the same). My average cadence was 86 rpm and my avg. HR was 159 bpm. In comparison, last year I averaged 251 watts/254 NP with an average HR of 160 (cadence of 85). Last year I was a bit off early in the season as well (due to mountaineering) so this shows how unfit I was for this bike.
I’m second in our AG and a disheartening 26th OA on the bike (89.6 %-tile). Last year I was 7th OA on the bike—here is how this ride compares to historical rides:
2002: 94.6 %-tile
Here is where we were after the bike:
1. Mullen --------
2. Lehner + 0:17
3. Christofferson + 2:25
4. Senff + 5:42
More of the same—3rd in my AG and 79th OA:
1. Mullen --------
2. Lehner + 0:09
3. Christofferson + 2:42
4. Senff + 5:53
The run was very challenging. I could immediately feel my peroneal strain and at one point my left leg actually gave out and I sorta collapsed to the pavement—jeez. Still, I was able to grind it out (only four miles) and while it was embarrassingly slow, I think it might set a low point I can build from for the rest of the season…. we’ll see!
Mile 1: 9:06/157 bpm
Mile 2: 9:04/157 bpm
Mile 3: 8:50/159 bpm
Mile 4: 8:38/162 bpm
+: 7:14/164 bpm
I had one of the worst competitive runs of my triathlon career. I was just 10th in my AG and a horrible 170th OA (29.6%-tile).
I finished 3rd in my AG and just 75th OA (69.2 %-tile).
No surprises here. I’m not in the shape I normally in at this time of your and my lower left leg is a real problem…it is what it is.
The question is what can I do about it? I intend to find out!