In short, my swim was slower than expected because of mini tsunami-like waves, my bike was the fasted bike split I’ve ever done, and my run was my personal worst 13.1, but I still PR’ed the 70.3 distance.
Continue reading below for a more lengthy version.
The swim, words can not do the waves justice…
I’m just really glad that I’m comfortable with being uncomfortable in the water. I saw a lot of people holding onto the buoys for dear life. I just swam with a purpose, to get to the swim exit.
The bike was uneventful–HOORAY!! No flats, no chain slips, no mental breakdowns…Just bumpy roads that hurt my butt. All of my training on the hilly Ironman Wisconsin route paid off, it was my fasted bike split to date!
If only my attitude about being comfortable with being uncomfortable in the swim carried over to the run portion. It took 2-3 miles for the wobbly feeling in the quads to clear up. It was noon, 80 degrees, sunny, not ideal temps, but still 10 degrees cooler than last year. My legs were fatigued, along with my will. I just didn’t have any ambition to run. I walked, a lot.
Running used to be a strong suit for me, but with full Ironman training I’ve put so much focus on my bike training that my running has slipped. I first noticed this at Rock ‘N Sole 13.1 in June. Training for triathlons truly is a juggling act.
I wanted to try for a PR on the run course, I ended up finishing 3 minutes slower than last year’s time. Whoops. So yes, I am a little disappointed in myself for not digging deep, pushing harder, training harder, etc, etc.. But I’m not whining or beating myself up about it. I’m simply expressing disappointment in that area. There’s work to be done in the running department.
Of course, overall I am happy about my finish. I’m so comfortable with the distances that I forget to step back and look at the big picture, 70.3 really is a big task. It’s an accomplishment and it’s silly that I overlook it (though forgive me, I do have the full Ironman on my brain). I woke up at 3:45 AM, braved the waves, did my best on the bike, and put one foot in front of the other to get closer to that finisher’s medal. I get to proudly say that I’m a two time half Ironman finisher!
Swim 1.2 miles: 41:11
T1 – 5:33 (wtf do I DO that takes so long? Knit myself some bike gloves?)
Bike 56 miles: 3:09:45 (a 10 minute PR over last year’s time)
T2 – 3:21
Overall: 6:29:29 (a 2 minute PR from last year)