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Race Report- Bridge to Pier Triathlon

Your first triathlon will always hold a special place in your heart. Somehow, we feel a special connection to the place we first cut our teeth in the sport. The first time we put Swim, Bike, Run together in a single event. For me, that was on Oak Island, NC at the Bridge to Pier Triathlon.

I had this event marked on my calendar this year, but through a series of random events had decided not to register. Then, the monday before the race, I get an email telling me this was going to be the final year for the event. “I have got to do this” I told my wife. So… We did. I signed up at 7:30am on thursday, 30 minutes before online registration closed. At 4:30am Saturday, with the car loaded down with food and toys for the family (oh… and my triathlon stuff too lol) we started the 2+ hour drive to the race.

Pre Race

We got a nice view of the sunrise over the lovely North Carolina farmland. I ran over an opossum trying to cross the road. We made 2 potty breaks… 1 along the side of the road, and our 2 year old didn’t go back to sleep at all in the car. But we got there with plenty of time for the family to change out of their PJ’s and for me to pick up my race packet and set up in transition.

I figured out pretty quickly why this was the last year of the race. less than 100 people were in transition. A big thanks to Jones Racing Company for not canceling the race. I hope they didn’t lose money on it. On the flip side, my whole rack in Transition was first timers. Something I love about the sport and this race in particular. I shared some encouragement and got all my stuff in order. They announce that the official water temp was 76 degrees… Wetsuit legal! This would be my first race with a wetsuit, and only my 2nd swim in one!

Swim- 1/3 mile 12:16

The swim was rather choppy. Being in the ocean I had expected as much, but it seemed a little more so than usual. I was in the first wave with about 12 or 14 other guys. Going out to the buoy was rough! Once I made the tun I couldn’t see the sight buoy over the waves, and it didn’t help that our swim caps were red and the sight buoy was orange! I had to strategically time my sighting so I was at the top of a wave to get a good sight on the buoy. As is normal for me, I couldn’t swim straight and had to swim most of the course alone. I made decent time though, and I even think the course was marked a little long. My time 3 years ago for my first tri ever I did was 10 minutes. I know I’m a better swimmer now, so that would be why my swim was over 2 minutes slower.

The other obstacle was the rocks right along the edge of the water. I got out way off the mark from the flags they put down, so the rocks hadn’t been cleared. I still ran as much as I could to get to the timing mat up the road about 100 yards or so.

T1- 1:15

Another 50 yards from the timing mat and I was in Transition. It’s a little weird that they put the mat for Swim end and run start so far outside of transition. That would explain the long T1. I was very pleased with how fast I got my wetsuit off. For my first wetsuit race, I was thrilled actually!

Bike- 16.25 miles- 43:13

cycling has always been my strength! since I’m in the middle of building towards the Half-Iron distance, I didn’t quite have the short course speed I wanted, but I rode at about 95% of my FTP as much as I could. That high-end sustained power just wasn’t there. Still, I biked down about 3 guys in front of me and was the 5th guy off the bike. (Once you count the other waves, I was the 6th fastest bike split of the day). I was thrilled with that again.

I had some tought mental issues at the start of the bike when my power wouldn’t come up, but I eventually got it there and by the time we crossed the bridge again I had passed the only guy I knew  would be competitive in my age group. I knew he was a decent swimmer and a poor biker, so I planned to catch up and put as much time as I could into him on the bike. I got about 2 minutes on him, but I also knew I couldn’t match his run.

T2- 0:57

Not much to say about my transition. Again, this is pretty slow for me for a T2 time since the run start timing mat was a good 50 yards up the road.

Run- 4 Miles- 29:02

Like I said, I didn’t have the short course speed. and I hadn’t done a brick since my last race in late April. So my run suffered. I struggled to hold 8:00 and had horrible side stitches. A mile in a started to feel better, and 1.5 miles in I got passed by the guy in my age group. Right before that, as I saw the guys up the road and started to feel better I had a thought of running them down, but that all faded. I did my best and held on for 9th place overall! I’ll take a top 10 when I can get it!

Wrap-up- 1:26:40

I love this race. It may be because it is the place of my first race, but they just do sch a great job making it family friendly and encouraging first timers. I thought my 4:30am wake up and 48 hour prep time was spontaneous (I am not spontaneous at all!) but there was a guy there who woke up at 2am and decided to race and made the drive from even further than me that morning for his first triathlon ever! They really went out of their way to encourage him. It was awesome!

Some takeaways for me personally is- Run more! I know your bike pacing is key to a good run, but I really havn’t pout the speed work in that I need, even for a 13.1. Also, my open water swims need help. I should put more time into that.

A big thanks to Trisports for keeping my kitted and equipped. I also felt great in my Brooks shoes and a HotShot before the race kept me cramp free even with red-lining the whole race! Of course, Honey Stinger filed me race from start to finish.

Next on the schedule is hopefully an olympic sometime in August and then it’s off to the OBX tri for the Half-Iron Distance!

What’s your next race?

Eagle 5k Race Report

I feel a little silly writing a race report for this race since it’s going to take me longer to post this than it did to run the race, but I’m really excited about this race.

The Eagle 5k was a local race to support none of our local schools. It wasn’t a big deal. The timing was done on the school administrators phone (with some fancy app I’m going to have to find out more info on…). The serious competition was the school’s own cross country team. But… I set a PR!

I’ve known for a while that I’m capable of breaking the 20 minute mark in the 5k, I just have never been able to do it on race day. Continue reading

Cary Du Classic- USAT Long Course Duathlon National Championships 2017- Race Report

My first “A” race of the season is now complete! There is nothing quite like the feeling you get after a solid block of training, a perfect taper, and stepping up to the start line with great form. I’m pleased to say I was able to do that this year at the Cary Du Classic!

This race has been on my schedule for the last 3 years in a row. The last 2 years it has been the host of the USAT Long Course Du National Champs. Each year the race itself has gotten better, and each year I have improved on my previous year’s performance.

However, this year’s course was significantly altered from the previous years, Continue reading

Race Stories from the Northeast Park Duathlon 2017

This past weekend I got my first race of the season under my belt. It was good to get out there and compete again and get that fire back in my belly for race season. After having a baby and changing jobs and cities, training has been tough to squeeze in. This race helped get that little extra motivation needed to get “up ‘n at ‘em” each day.

Since this was a fairly laid back race, I’m going to take a bit of a laid back approach to the race report. So here are some of the best stories out of the 54 minutes of racing. Continue reading

Recovery- 5K Beginner’s Guide

Here we are… one week out from our Turkey Trot! So in this, the 5th installment of our 5K Beginner’s Guide, we’re going to talk about recovery.

Recovery is always important. Recovery between workouts is when you actually get stronger… not during the workouts. If you have been using my 6 week 5K plan, I mentioned this briefly there.

Now that we are getting closer to race day, it’s time to back off a little and focus on being fully recovered for race day! Here’s 4 of my top recovery techniques!

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Island House Triathlon Preview

Triathlon is starting to branch out into some unique types of events, and leading the charge is the Island House Triathlon! This weekend marks the second running of this elite event that has a unique take on the sport. So what is it that makes this event so unique?

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OBX Triathlon Race Report

The only thing better than racing… is a destination race!

For my last race of the season I decided to take a swing at the Outer Banks Triathlon. I grew up going to the Outer Banks every summer so this was the perfect opportunity to take my family along on a short vacation and get some racing in too!

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A Good Race Always Starts with a Good Plan

A good race plan is one of the most important pieces of a successful race. The more detailed the better. I write my plans for race day starting from the time I wake up until I cross the finish line. (side note: that also helps my wife know how the day will go…). I include what I’ll eat, what I’ll drink… everything!

The core of what most people think of as a race plan is the pace you will race at and how hard you will push. To some extent, that is right. If that is all you have, that is better than nothing, but it would be best to be as detailed as possible.

For the bike portion of this last race of the season, I have really started to get the hang of best-bike-split-logo bestbikesplit.com. If you are not familiar with the program, Best Bike Split uses some pretty nifty, advanced math to predict race times based on aerodynamics, weather, and power, among other variables. I have been using the free version of the software since it came out a few years ago and it has been fairly spot on.

Here are some ways BBS has helped me make my race plan:

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My First Triathlon Story

As I’ve been updating my blog, and specifically the About Me page, I realized I’ve not yet told you all my story from the first triathlon I ever did.

I didn’t get into the sport until I was out of college and actually living in Germany. I was a kids camp director and my work had a certain ebb and flow around the camping season. I was downright board a points in between camps and I had a lot of freedom to work on special projects like redesigning the website etc.

One of the things I discovered to fill my time was jumping back into riding bikes. I had ridden a lot in college (as a touring rider… not a racer) and I rediscovered my love for the bike. My natural inner competitor took over and I wanted to race. I realized that I wouldn’t be able to do a cycling race due to the steep learning curve, so I got with a coworker and we signed up for a triathlon together.

On this journey to my first race, I learned a few things about the sport. Continue reading

High Point Sprint- Race Report

I love racing. The race day experience is so exciting! I absolutely love it! And the team at Trivium Racing does an awesome job which makes it even better!

High Point Sprint Swim Start

A nice warm swim… the water was 84 degrees

Pre-Race

After a season and a half of Duathlons, I made the switch back to Tri’s to keep things interesting. The High Point Sprint was well organized and everything was awesome. I got there way too early, even with having to do packet pickup on race day. I got a good spot in the transition area and was able to take my time setting up (read: kill time and act like I was busy “getting in the zone”). Continue reading

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