Race Report – Chinook Triathlon Festival – Olympic Distance
This was my second time registered for the Chinook Triathlon Festival. After breaking my collar bone 3 weeks before last years race, this is the first one I participated in.
I had a great swim, by my standards. Out of the water in 23:28 with my second lap 11:23; maybe I am getting an handle on this negative split thing. Hopefully I can use the same strategy for the run. Got kicked in the face trying to pass a swimmer at a buoy, that will teach me for getting too close. I ran past the wetsuit strippers, opting to strip myself on the way to T1, and made the long run to my bike. Had a little difficulty finding it this time. Usually I have no issues.
On to the bike. This course is known for a tough first half, uphill and into the wind, and it lived up to it’s reputation. On some of the downhills, I had to pedal just as hard as I had a few moments previous going up. At least coming home is gonna be fun. At the turn, I set my sights on 2 bikers who were about 1 minute ahead of me; they were hard to catch. I passed the first one about 10k later, then passed the second one on an uphill section 5k after that.
Headed into T2 I knew I had a good chance to hit my target time of 2:15, so I settled in for a quick, but manageable run.
Leading up to race day, all I could think about was the weather. Rainy all week with some pretty cold temperatures. Not today, the sun was out and the temperature was rising for the run. I held a 4:30/km pace for the first 2k as I had planned, stopping to tie my shoe once. Crap. After that, I decided to kick it up a notch and run on feel and not pace. The last 3k hurt a bit, and that hill didn’t help. I was passed by 3 runners around km 9, with one holding his hand back for a thank you handshake for pacing him around the course.
That is why I love this sport.
Highlights – I raced real well. I was happy with my bike, even though a couple of guys passed me before the turn, and my run was solid.
Lessons – Continue to work on my run; with my focus on the run over the past 5 months, the results don’t lie. I am a full 0:20/km faster coming off a harder bike than Chaparral. Don’t mess with my GPS just before race start. There is a stupid reason why I don’t have my GPS data.
Result – 2:18:08 Finish Time 17/134 Overall 8/52 Age Group
All-in-all, it was a great race and a great result. I will definitely be back next year.