SWIM BIKE RUN OVERALL RANK DIV.POS.
50:48 3:16:33 2:09:40 6:23:12 837 809
LEG DISTANCE PACE RANK DIV.POS.
TOTAL SWIM 1.2 mi. (50:48) 2:40/100m 1032 996
BIKE SPLIT 1: 28 mi 28 mi (1:38:46) 17.01 mph
BIKE SPLIT 2: 56 mi 28 mi (1:37:47) 17.18 mph
BIKE END: 56 mi 3:16:33 17.09 mph 971 935
RUN SPLIT 1: 3.275 mi 3.275 mi (30:14) 9:13/mi
RUN SPLIT 2: 6.55 mi 3.275 mi (32:56) 10:03/mi
RUN SPLIT 3: 9.8 mi 3.275 mi (34:25) 10:30/mi
RUN SPLIT 4: 13.1 mi 3.275 mi (32:05) 9:47/mi
TOTAL RUN 13.1 mi. (2:09:40) 9:53/mile 837 809
T1: SWIM-TO-BIKE 2:59
T2: BIKE-TO-RUN 3:12
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I discovered my love of Frank Turner last October whenever he opened for Flogging Molly. Seriously, who doesn't love a Brit with a tattoo in the shape of Texas -- yes, I'm completely serious. All of his songs have great lyrics, but below is one of my favorites (Journey of the Magi). It takes a great songwriter to include Moses, Odysseus and Balthazar in a song.
It can be good, right? In discussing this with my tri-friends this weekend, I realized that there are two types of competitive people - 1) the type that race to win (i.e., beat others - especially those with whom they train) and base everything on the rankings in the race; and 2) those who are competitive with themselves and like to use other's performances as a benchmark. For me, if a training buddy does well, that's awesome! If we are training together (at the same pace), then it means that I should be able to do that to - or vice versa.
I'll admit, I like to use my friends as benchmarks. For instance, Christy and Kathleen both had great races on Saturday at Gateway to the Bay. In fact, I think that Christy may have had her best race ever - I'm still wondering when she got so fast. It makes me happy to see them do well - because it means that I can as well - even if they are both much better swimmers than me.
So, for Gateway, I decided to 'game' the system and register as an Athena. My goal was to see if I could place. And that I did. I walked away with a first place finish.... and, a run split that was absolutely fabulous. My average pace for the run was a 7:42 (I think, definitely in the 7:40s). I KNOW that this would've been a 5k PR for me... who'd have thought that I'd ever see 7s by my run time... And, I was quite pleased to know that I would've been competitive in my age group as well - granted, I would've had to chase Kathleen down... but, this way, we both win AND we both get rewarded for good races.
Anyway, as for the competition, I think that I'll keep it. I like my version of competition. For me, its about having fun and doing my best. And, I really don't see the problem of using others as benchmarks. Seriously, if they can do it, why can't I.
End of the day, competition is a way of life. Yes, I am the type that believes that kids should not receive participant trophies -- you gotta teach the kiddos at a young age that there are winners and losers and that people will be ranked. Those are the facts of life. I do think that it is a delicate balance. Everyone needs to be pushed to be at the top but everyone also needs to learn to fail. You can't be a big fish in a small pond forever...
I'm just having a minor freak out... I'm doing a HIM in just over two weeks and I don't think I'm really trained...
- I didn't do my long run this weekend.
- The Good Friday bike ride in Brenham was fun but really didn't seem like training.
- I didn't do a long bike the weekend before last.
- I haven't worked out at all the last 4 days... maybe this is the one that is scaring me...hmmm....
Here's the schedule for the rest of the week:
Tonight - hard bike ride on the trainer followed by a 3-4 mile run through the neighborhood.
Thursday - hard swim with Del in the morning and Tour de Bayou + in the evening (10-11 miles)
Friday - Lake Sharks (haven't been in a wetsuit since IMFL)
Saturday - Gateway to the Bay Sprint Tri (I'm registered as an Athena and am hoping to place); I will likely try to get in an easy run on Saturday afternoon/evening
Sunday - bike at race pace in Galveston - this will be interesting... i'll training is now being done on the road bike...
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