Sunday, July 12, 2015

Survive the Night Triathlon Relay Report

On June 12-13th six of us participated on a team for the first annual Survive the Night Triathlon.  This was a nice local option since the 27 Hour Triathlon was no longer being held.   Jonathan Feddock was the race director - he took on an amazing project as his first foray into race directing.  This event is an extension of his Ironcology effort he started last year in an effort to raise money for the Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky.

This event was well timed with Steve's recovery from rectal cancer earlier this year.  We put together a team named - Team Steve - Get It Caught with your Pants Down.  The It being colon/rectal cancer :-)

The event included a 4000 meter swim, 108 mile bike & a 26.6 mile run.

Team Steve = Shannon, Audrey, Me, Steve, Becky & Ruth
The event started at 7PM at Spindletop with the swim.  Everyone but Steve swam so we each did 800 meters.  We had to submit our swim & bike estimates prior to the event.  I was pretty impressed how close we hit our splits.

Becky swimming into the sunset

The bike portion was at the Kentucky Horse Park so that meant about a 2 mile transition run.  Since Steve wasn't swimming he was our transition runner.

Steve ready to run to the Horse Park
The bike portion was a 4.5 mile loop entirely inside the Horse Park.  Everyone on our team did 4 laps or about 18 miles on the bike.  This was probably the oddest/coolest portion of the event.  It was dark by the time we started our riding which meant we needed headlights & tail lights for our bikes.  They did have some lighting on the course but there were still some really dark areas.  Plus the transition from bright light to darkness was really hard on the eyes.

Handoff from Audrey to me
Handoff from me to Steve
Handoff from Steve to Ruth
Handoff Ruth to Shannon
Handoff Shannon to Becky
It took us most of the night to finish the 108 miles.  I think somewhere around 4AM Becky started the run portion of the race.  The run was a huge loop throughout the area countryside with various mileage segments.

We split the group into 2 teams of 3 to meet each runner at the various handoffs.  Becky, Audrey & Shannon were in the first group.  Ruth, Steve & me were in the second group.  The run segments varied from 3 miles to 7 miles.

Shannon finishing her 7 mile leg
Ruth finished her 5 miles & I am about to begin my 4 mile leg
The view along my run
Steve is super excited to run us in to the finish
Team Steve at the Finish

Our finish time for 140.7 miles was 14 hours 32 minutes.  

Overall, for a first time event, it was awesome.  I really liked how the money raised went to our local cancer center.  Most folks have been impacted by cancer so the cause resonates with everyone.   The race director knows what he needs to improve for next year & has already communicated his thoughts on what went well & what didn't which I think is pretty awesome.  I am hoping next year will be fully contained in the Horse Park.  That would be so much easier from a logistics stand point. 

The weather was perfect for this race which is actually surprising in hindsight since we have had a crap ton of rain this summer!  

T-shirt & the medal 
Front
Back
Team Steve - Cancer Survivor Award
L-R Steve, me & Ruth (also a cancer survivor)





Saturday, May 16, 2015

Foiled Again - DNS


This weekend we were supposed to be in Knoxville for the Challenge Knoxville Olympic  triathlon.  I won this race back in January at the Bluegrass Tri Club kick off event.   Even though we had a terrible winter I managed to get a good training base in thanks to committing to the Shelbyville Tri Series.  It forced me to get on my trainer all winter.  Once mid March came around I was able to get some good outdoor rides in.  I was feeling strong for so early in the season.

From our last 40 Miler Ride
Then it happened.  It started out as a cold but then morphed into pneumonia.  And just like that training came to a complete halt 11 days before the big race.  I fought a fever as high as 103F for several days before the second round of antibiotics kicked in.   The next few days I was completely exhausted & had an annoying cough.  10 days in, I am feeling better but do not have enough energy to work out yet.

I am bummed but things can always be worse.  I will get over this crud soon & will be able to start training again.  Patience isn't my strong suit.

The doctor did lecture me on not using my inhalers daily.  I am so bad taking medicine if I feel OK.  The reality is I get sick every spring.  It always starts out as allergies then turns into a cold / sinus infection.  This year I was doing so good.  I didn't get sick at all this past winter so it was that much harsher when I got this doozy of an illness.  

In an effort to not repeat this next year I am going to document my spring plans here as recommended by my doctor & and on my calendar for March 1, 2016
  • QVAR - If no longer taking - restart!  Take 2 puffs 2x per day.
  • Ventolin - Take everyday.  Use prior to every workout
  • Nasal Rinse every night
  • Shower in evenings instead
  • Even if weather is awesome don't do every workout outside especially when pollen counts are high.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 Heart & Sole Triathlon Race Report

About 3 weeks ago was the Heart & Sole triathlon in Versailles.  This was the 3rd year in a row competing in this race.  (2013 & 2014 race reports HERE & HERE)

This year the weather was PERFECT.  Just perfect.  It was in the mid 50s when we started & quickly warmed up to 63 for the bike & 68 for the run.  I successfully operated my fancy Garmin this time & have data - hence the exact temperatures for the bike & run.  Yay me.

Sunrise
Steve & I left the house shortly after 6:30AM & arrived at Falling Springs about 7AM.  The race was scheduled to start at 8AM.   These smaller races are getting to be second nature - I sleep just fine now & have very few nerves before the race.  I know Challenge Knoxville will be a completely different story.   I quickly set up my transition & then went to chat with the Smiley garage ladies.



The swim was seeded & the interval was 15 seconds which works so, so well. I seeded myself using last years swim time so I was again starting about 20 minutes back.  This week the swim was so good - not like the head on at Shelbyville #3.   I don't think I was passed or passed anyone.  Clear water the entire 400 yards.


Pre race Garmin Education


Lots of clear water!


400 yard Swim Time: 9m17s - 4/4 Age Group

Transition was quick.  From my experience last week I knew I didn't need any additional clothing for the bike and I was right.  The weather was perfect!

T1 Time: 0m54s - 1/4 Age Group

I decided I would push hard on the bike this time.  The roads were a little rough from the winter.  There were quite a few pot holes to navigate on Steele & McCracken roads.  I managed to avoid the big pot holes while maintaining a decent for me pace.  Besides that the bike was uneventful.

15 mile Bike Time: 52m30s - 17.1 mph - 2/4 Age Group


Transition 2 was no biggie either.  Quick in & out.

T2 Time: 0m41 - 1/4 Age Group

The run is a 5k cross country course.  It is tough.  I don't run cross county often so I am always a little nervous about turning an ankle like last years Dirty Dog trail run.   This year the course was well mowed & dry.  I walked a fair bit but tried to keep it to the hills only.

5K Run Time: 32m44s- 3/4 Age Group

Total Time: 1h36m09s - 3/4 Age Group


We didn't stick around after the race.  I wanted to get another 15-20 miles in for training.  Steve & I headed to West 6th to get in some Pedaling for a Purpose miles.  After our ride we refueled with a Smithtown burger & a West 6th brew.   A perfect spring day!



Now time to focus on my big spring race - Challenge Knoxville.  It's only 2 weeks away!

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