St George 70.3 Ironman
Anyone that has done this race knows it is TOUGH. Because the race is early and within easy driving distance of Salt Lake City, we had a number of our clients participate as well. I absolutely love the venue and T2/finish area. There’s plenty of grass to hang out on and it’s well shaded which is a huge bonus. The finish area is also located near a number of hotel and motels making transportation super easy.
My training partner, Mike and I headed down on Thursday and got set up early. Everything pre-race went super smooth; we hung out got a bite to eat, ran into Sabastien Kielne (a treat!) and then just chilled at the hotel with 3 other local triathletes.
Race day was about perfect weather wise. I planned on saving some effort on the swim and the bike so I could get through the run a bit better. Part1 and 2 worked out well… part 3, the run, not so much. The first 5 miles on the run went according to plan but then I started to die off a bit. Then it got worse. Then I walked a bit. In reviewing with my coach, I think I was a little under fed and went out just a little too hard. Nutrition in these events can be such a sharp edge. The combination of not eating EXACTLY what I had planned came back to haunt me and my run was about 20 minutes slower than I wanted. I was determined to fix this for the next race and went home with a plan for a complete nutrition review.
RESULTS: Swim: 35:00, Bike 3:10:00 Run 2:23:00
Boulder 70.3 Ironman
This is a fun race. The Swim is beautiful, the Bike is fast and the Run is fairly flat. I reviewed my nutrition plan and completely overhauled it. I changed the brands of bars I was going to use so I would get more protein and a better taste. I had a stern talk with myself about absolutely following the specifics of fueling. No more ½ eaten bars or unfinished bottles. My plan was to excise the run demon by starting the run a little slower and staying at a consistent pace with NO walking.
It worked! I had no drop in energy and finished the race strong and more importantly, ready to carry this new program forward. Moral of the story: Don’t be afraid to adjust things if you’re not getting the results you expect. For over a year, I thought my nutrition was just fine. To fix the run problem, I needed to review everything and sure enough I found a weakness that was my Achilles heel.
RESULTS: Swim: 35:38 – Bike: 2:48:30 – Run: 2:12:24
Echo Olympic Distance Triathlon
I decided to do this race on a whim. I hadn’t raced short distance in a few years and thought it would be fun. I also raced without ANY data. No watch, bike computer or heart rate monitor. I just wanted to have fun. And I did! Besides my goggles leaking about 4 times, I had a blast. I raced completely on feel and things went great. I felt totally free and wasn’t tied to my expectations or anything. I didn’t know how I did until I finished. I HIGHLY recommend this approach to break things up if your training is starting to feel like a second job. Have any of you felt this way or what have you tried to mix things up a bit? Please let us know!
RESULTS: Swim: 29:44 – Bike: 1:06:42 – Run: 52:43