Sunday, March 1, 2015

Shelbyville Tri Series - Race #1 Recap

The first race of this series was supposed to be last Sunday.  It was rescheduled to today since it still looked like this around town.....

UK Arboretum
This week wasn't any better since it started raining/sleeting around 6AM.  It was 33F when I left Lexington at 6:30AM & raining but by the time I got to Frankfort 30 minutes later it was 28F and sleeting.  

Just passed the Kentucky river on I-64 I passed through what would eventually be an 8-9 car accident scene due to black ice.  When I went through there were 3 cars on the side of the road.  They closed I-64 shortly after.  Below is a photo of my friend Audrey's car & on the right side of the road is her bike. :-(  She went through the area a few minutes after I did and slid off the road.  Another car later came through & hit the back of her car which had her bike on it.   Fortunately she is OK but her bike and car are not.

From WKYT Facebook Page
When I got to Clear Creek Park in Shelbyville the parking lot was covered in ice.   The temperature was still around 30F & sleeting.  It wasn't boding well for a triathlon.   I found Kimberly when I went inside to check things out.  She went through Frankfort before me and said her truck was sliding all over.  I didn't notice any slip on my drive but I also took my foot off the gas when I saw the car lights facing me & coasted through this area.  So far, I am really happy with my Subaru in this crappy weather.

Back to the Triathlon.  The first race of the series is a reverse triathlon, eg. Run, Bike, Swim.  The distances increase for each race in the series.  This first one was a 3K Run, 6 mile Bike & a 400 yard Swim.  Shortly before 8AM the race director called off the bike so now we were left with a Dash & Splash.

The race started shortly after 8:30AM.   The temperature warmed up enough for it to be a steady rain instead of sleet but the path was slushy.  Once they cancelled the bike I changed into my swim tights.  I got these at Athleta thinking they would be good in events like this as well as kayaking.  I wore my tri top underneath a couple of thin tops along with gloves & an ear muff.  It was only a 3K and a lot of folks were only in their tri kits.  Hard core I say!

Run Time: 18m08s

No bike meant the transition was inside by the pool.  For some reason I didn't get a T1 time only a Run & Swim time.

Since I was 4th to last in the pool I had clear water the entire way.  Thankfully I didn't have any issues with my googles today.  The swim tights were OK.   I had them pulled up when I got in the pool.  When I pushed off they slid down a little.  Thankfully they settled there but there were a few moments that I thought I would be baring my bum to all.  About halfway through the swim I got hot with them on.  They were perfect on the run though.

T1 & Swim Time: 11m03s

From Shelbyville Triathlon Facebook Page
Total Time: 29m12s

The location is really nice because of the shower facilities post race.   Immediately after the swim I jumped in the shower.  When I was getting ready I heard the announcers start the awards.  I couldn't tell where they were when I walked out but then heard them say Women's 45-49 & thought 'oh well, I missed my age group'.  I then heard my name called out and remembered I aged up this year.  Doh!  Even though my birthday isn't until December USAT uses your age on 12/31 as the age group for the entire year.  I ended up winning my age group. Never mind I was the only one in my age group!  Considering 46 folks showed up today & only 8 of them were women pretty much everyone won an award for showing up.  The awards were a multi tool for your bike which was very cool.

Apparently I was a little excited to win...
From Headfirst website
Kimberly & Me Post Awards
Shirt & Award
Every year I say I am going to do this series but I usually bail because of the weather.  This year I finally bit the bullet & signed up for the series.  Had I known the roads were so icy I wouldn't have risked the hour drive.  I am glad they cancelled the bike but it really did seem crazy to spend 2 hours in the car for a 29 minute race and a garbage bag full of wet gear.  Oh well, this will be chalked up to one of those races you never, ever forget!

The next race in the series is in 3 weeks.  Hopefully the weather gods will be kinder to us.

How many days until Spring???

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week 1 of a New Plan

At this months Bluegrass Tri Club's kick off Steve won this...

Since he has no desire of doing a triathlon ever I was the lucky recipient!  The options are Olympic or Half Iron distance.  I really had no intention of doing either distance this year but I really can't pass this up.  My plan is to do the Olympic.  It will be a river swim which really creeps me out.  So I have that fear to overcome.

I found some training plans on Beginner Triathlete & created a hybrid between their 16 week Balanced 2x & 3x plans.  Meaning 2 or 3 swims, 2 or 3 rides, and 2 or 3 runs per week.   I moved some of the workout days around to work with my schedule better.

Today, Sunday January 25th, is exactly 16 weeks out but I already made an adjustment to the plan because yesterday we woke up to this....

Although absolutely beautiful I did not want to risk running in the snow since I am still coming off my most recent running injury.  So I decided to do this instead....

One hour and 20 minutes of Spinervals.  I plugged in my headphones & followed along with the DVD.  It wasn't great but not horrible either considering I really dislike indoor riding or running for that matter.   Today I will get my 5 mile run/walk in plus a swim.

So my new plan for Week 1 looks like this:

Sunday: Swim 35 minutes, Spin 1h20m (did this on Saturday)
Monday: Walk & Weights
Tuesday: Run 3 miles
Wednesday: Spin 50 minutes
Thursday: Run, 25 minutes, Weights
Friday: Swim 40 minutes, Yoga
Saturday: Run 6 Miles

I move into a new role at work starting in March.  I am hoping that frees up another early weekday morning so I can get in the 3rd weekly swim.  I am really excited to have something big to train for again.  I may even start blogging regularly again - gasp!

My official winter / spring race calendar looks like this so far:

February 22nd - Shelbyville Triathlon Series #1
March 7th - Railrunner 5K
March 22nd - Shelbyville Triathlon Series #2
March 28th - Run the Bluegrass 7 Miler
April 12th - Shelbyville Triathlon Series #3
May 17th - Challenge Knoxville Olympic Tri

I am looking into a swim clinic in Atlanta the weekend of April 15th.  I have been using the Swim Secrets workout cards for several months now & thought it may be helpful to take one of their clinics.
A race that same weekend is the Heart & Sole Triathlon which I will most likely do if the swim clinic doesn't pan out.  And finally, I will be signing up for this fun sounding new race on April 24th.  It is a twilight 5K through the beautiful grounds of Kentucky Horse Park during Rolex weekend.

Wow, that's a lot of racing.  I am hoping these new Hoka Cliftons keep me healthy.

Happy training folks!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2014 in Review Plus a First Quarter Plan

Happy New Year!
I can't believe another January is here!  For me, tomorrow starts the true buckling down.  We had a good holiday but I am ready to get back into the groove again.  Lets see how long that lasts :-)

Last January I set the following goals:

Swim: 100 Miles
Bike: 1000 Miles
Run: 500 Miles
Weights: 2 per week
Yoga/Pilates: 2 per month
Races: 12

Below is what I actually did in 2014:

Swim: 76 actual Miles
Bike: 1193 actual Miles
Run: 659 (includes 293 walk miles) actual Miles
Weights: 0.58 per week
Yoga/Pilates: 1.25 per month
Races: 13

Overall I am OK with how the year went.  I still wish I could run more but that may be out of the cards for me.  I can't seem to increase any run mileage without some kind of injury.  Hence all the walk miles last year.  I much rather stay healthy & be able to do shorter distances than nothing at all.

What I really want to improve this year is being consistent with weight training & yoga.  I started the year off good but it really fizzled over the warmer weather months.

Instead of full year mileage goals this time I am going to set a quarterly plan.  I think this will work well with my lack of blogging too.

January - March 2015:

Sunday: Spin/Cycle & Swim
Monday: Walk & Weights
Tuesday: Swim & Run
Wednesday: Spin (starting in February), Walk & Weights
Thursday: Swim & Run
Friday: Yoga
Saturday: Run

Races: Shelbyville Triathlon Series #1 (February) & #2 (March). Run the Bluegrass 7 Miler.  I WILL do that Shelbyville series this year!

The only full year goal I have set is the 2015 in 2015.  I am on a 3 person team with Audrey & Shannon.  Otherwise, there would be no way I could meet this!  Even with a 3 person team, this still ends up averaging about 2 miles per day.

Happy New Year!


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