Not too much to say quite really...A shortened race due to excessive heat meant a 1 mile swim (instead of 1.2) a 29 mile bike (instead of 56) and a 6.2 mile run (instead of 13.1). Ultimately, The distance only helped the swimmers, because us bikers and runners basically had 2 less hours to bike and run and make our way up the ranks.
It was hot, and the race was fast. We started at 630am in 88 degree water and I swam a lethargic 25 min mile. Fortunately though, I had some guys to bike with and work up the ranks a little bit. Unfortunately, i was tagged with a 2 min drafting penalty early on so my mindset sort of shut down and it became a tempo training day. I still got off the bike with a 26.3 mph average and then proceeded to tell the ref that it was completely inconsistent that i was the only one in the whole race to receive a drafting penalty. I don't mind getting a penalty because we all draft from time to time in triathlons, but it is ridiculous to think that she handed out only one penalty in the course of 30 miles when it was clearly evident that there was packs of us pros working together because of the flat course. Anyways, i still split a 35 min 10k (good for a top 6 overall run) even though i was not racing at that point, but still running hard to get a good workout in. S
So, looking back i would have set a PR for olympic distance, which was the most positive thing i took away from the race.
Taking a cue from the words of David (Psalm 131)
Today is quiet day of rest as I prepare for Ironman Muncie 70.3 tomorrow. I'm staying with the Greene family (Bill, Melissa, Matthew and Emily) and have had the good fortune of meeting these wonderful people thorough the home stay program that Ironman has set up for professional athletes.
This morning, Josh Amberger and Shannon Stallard and I did a light swim at a local pool before putting a few miles on our bikes for a pre race gear check. At 10 am it was already 90 degrees and they are predicting even hotter conditions tomorrow for the race. This means that nutrition may be even more important than fitness, as a slight miss calculation of fluid and electrolyte intake could make or break your muscles performance. I hope that i learned my lesson from IM Lousiville a few years back, which ended at mile 5 on the run with heat exhaustion. Tomorrow I plan to consume 4 electrolyte tablets every hour from the moment i wake up until the race is over, along with 80 ounces of fluid on the bike and as much as my stomach will allow on the run. As always i plan to stick with a Gu every 30 mins during the race, and pray that my muscles don't cramp up, and that tmy stomach can hold those necessary fluids down.
Well, I'm pretty excited to see how things go with the updated bike fit from 2 weeks ago when I raced Syracuse with a slightly tall saddle height and even higher aero bars. Swimming is still me biggest concern, because my shoulder still hurts and aches and really limits my ability to push it in the water. I guess i will just heed Kate's advice to just find a rhythm and forget about what i'm doing. Hopefully, i can find a few feet to follow as well. Finishing a half ironman in 90+ degrees (even hotter heat index) will be a victory in and of it self, so the run portion is going to be about survival. I wish my new triathlete friends success and safe race.
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