The title makes neither common nor grammatical sense but that’s ok, it’s Tuesday. I don’t love Tuesdays.
Lobsterman 2012 was a really fun race! Before I really considered myself a “triathlete” (2010), I borrowed a bike, biked to and swam in Walden Pond a few times over the summer, and completed this race as my first every Olympic distance triathlon.
There are a few reasons it’s a “repeat” for me– 1. It was my first and you know, there’s nothling like your… first. 2. It has a lobster bake– and people who like to sit on the ground in spandex and eat Lobster after kicking some serious butt in a race are my kind of people. And 3. It looks like this–
This is the only race, therefore, that I feel I can compare apples to apples from one year to the next. So, without further ado- I present– 3 years of race results!
2010: 2:35 Overall Time
193rd Place Overall
1st of 9 in my Age Group
Bike: 1:23 (11.4mph)
Run: 46:50 (7:30)
2011: 2:27 Overall Time
48th Place Overall
1st in Age Group
Bike: 1:16 (19.5mph)
Run: 43:33 (7:02min/mi)
2012: 2:23 Overall Time
57th Overall (Fast field!)
5th Overall Female (yet again!)
1st in Age Group
Swim: 21:18 (1:18/100m– if this isn’t an advertisement for my swim club, I don’t know what is…)
Bike: 1:13 (20.5 mph)
Run: 45:30 (7:19 min/mi)
The final delta is 12 minutes faster than 3 years ago, 4 minutes faster than last year… AND… I’ve been injured! Not altogether terrible (Let’s get that RUN in shape now, eh?!?!)
This is my take-home message: while I’ve been injured a lot of the season, running very little, I’ve managed to make up for that. I’ve ALWAYS said, don’t waste time on your strength in Triathlon; rather, focus on your weakness. this is in stark contrast to what I’ve done this season. Without being able to run and with my hip bothering me a bit on the bike, too– my most consistent training has been in the pool. And wow… it works. Granted, I don’t putz in the pool. My workouts aren’t long either though. I stick to a hard pace, very little rest and really pushing it. I don’t swim a lot- during the broken ankle incident I was up to 4 times a week? Now I’m dialed back to just 2. However, those workouts are really solid. This morning’s was a 1000 meter warm up and drill, followed by this:
2 x (400HARD, moderate 8 x 50)
2 x (200 HARD, moderate 4 x 50)
2 x (100 HARD, moderate 2 x 50)
The whole set was 3800 meters and the majority of the pace was 1:25/100meters (not yards). I was DEAD by the last 100. And if you’re not? You’d better be going for longer than I was I think the key is to understand how to maximize your time and sustain the RIGHT effort for that time. If I were training for Iron distances, I would need LONGER swims. If I needed more distance I would slow down my pace. I wouldn’t have swum so much this year but not only did I have to… stupid injury… but I also LOVE my team! I swim with a talented group of mixed-age masters swimmers. They absolutely ROCK the pool at 5:30am most mornings. I’m there as much as I can be and no matter what I’m doing next season, I’m signing on for another year of the team because I can’t fudge these numbers– clearly swimming is keeping me in awesome (or well, good enough) shape.
I’ve fared MUCH better this season than I would have anticipated in May. In May, I thought I’d re-break my ankle during a transition in a race, not kidding. I was afraid I’d actually try to unclip from my pedal and crack the ankle all over again because the whole joint felt so weak and fragile. But nope! With a little faith and a LOT of slow work, I’ve manged to recover about as well as anyone might have imagined I think. I’m pretty psyched. I’d like to be a lot faster in NZ for World Championships, but I have a good training plan,I’m working toward a well executed race, and I have a fan coming to watch — so I’m pretty sure, I’ll have a great time. Proud of 2012 thus far!