On the 9th October, I returned to the same course that I won on back in June for the Waterman's Sprint race. The final triathlon of the year, just a few weeks after IM Wisconsin and not much training to boot. It was a fun race, great weather and there were a few friends of Parvilla Cycle and Multisport, some doing their first triathlon.
I was debating about whether or not to wear the wetsuit, as it was only a 750m swim. I was glad I did as the water temp was in the mid-60's. Coming out covered in sea grass I was in 12th....onto the Guru machine and get to work out of T1.
The bike was 16miles and it's a great course down south in Smallwood State Park. Low traffic, rolling hills and light winds. Knowing the course from the June race was good and I managed to put the fastest bike time of the race, which put me into 2nd place coming back into T2. I could see first place ahead but hoped that I hadn't spent too much energy on the bike.....having not ridden much more than a handful of hours since IM it felt hard.
The course had actually been set up different from the June race and in my opinion was probably a tad longer for the run by a couple of hundred meters. There were a few fast looking guys behind me (read that as skinny looking runners!) so I knew that it may be a battle to stay on the podium. Definitely running like I stole something :-)
Off-road trails are fun in triathlons and you don't get them often, but at Waterman's you do get a few hundred meters of trail. I hadn't made up any ground on 1st place coming back into the finishing arena and I still had a few seconds on 3rd place. So 2nd place overall it was in a time of 1hr 15mins.....oddly enough 3minutes quicker than June, when I was probably in better shape.
So now I am back at it for base training 2011/2012.....only 7 months till Ironman St George and a few fun races left for 2011.
- Got to ride the trails at Marine Corp Base Quantico yesterday at the Quantico Epic....50 miles of awesomeness despite the muddy trails. Gradually feeling like I have recovered from the #bestbikegameever . . . . . . #marathonmtb #parvillacycles #alchemybicycles #IFB #quanticoepic #cycling #mtbracing
- Perfect day out on the trails yesterday on the @alchemybicycles at #schaefferfarms . . . . . . #IFB #parvillacycles #MTB #xterratriathlon #mtbracing #marathonmtb
- Kind of a rough day at 6hrs at Woodstock. First 3.5 hrs were fine (even with a 10min stop for horses on the trail) and then stomach shut down. Probably related to stomach bug earlier in the week. Decided not to head out for another lap. Great trails though and a good race from Joe's Bike Shop as always. 📸: @dchammerette . . . . #6HAW #parvillacycles #mtbracing #mtbmarathon #IFB #patapsco #mtb
- Wilderness 101 2019......hot, hot, hot