Preliminary Race Schedule 2015

Black Cat 20 miler March 2015
Boston Marathon April 2015
JCC sprint tri May 2015
B2B bike race/ride June 2015

? Musselman July or Lowell Olympic
? challenge Maine olympic in august
sprint or half September

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Race Report of the Boston Triathlon

So, Its been over 13 months since my last triathlon and today was my first go at it with a little bit longer than a sprint but not quite an olympic triathlon in Boston. Training has been going well, I wish my swim mojo would come back but swimming alone is getting hard for me. Nothing too knew on that front just getting excited to go and have fun and beable to only drive 30 minutes to a race, how awesome is that. The only curve ball thrown at me this week was 3 out of the 4 kids in my house have been sick with the stomach bug and fevers, one of them keeps getting up in the middle of the night and sleeps in someone else's room, thus you can see how this bug has spread through the house. I too have slept with him so it was only a matter of time that I would be affected. I ended up sleeping a lot yesterday and in hindsight I wonder whether or not things were brewing. Anyhoo, onto race day.

The Good:
1. Nice Day to start, warm ocean water, friendly people, close race and of course won my age group.

The Bad: My swim- Yikes 14: 48 out of water, 15:07 to mat, thats just horrific on all counts.
1. Oh where do I start. 
a. goggles got foggy and filled with water, swam off course a bit, couldn't site for shit, swam longer than I should. I'm not sure it was just a bad swim for me or my swim mojo has really taken a hit on my times in the open water. That being said all the times were pretty slow but I had the fastest swim time in my age group by over 2 minutes. Need to start swimming with some peeps to make swimming more enjoyable.

b. Getting to T1, what the hell, 1min 50 seconds, what the hell was I doing in there. Let me tell you, putting my aero helmet on backwards and wondering why the hell I couldn't strap the thing to my head, couldn't get my bike shoes on. You would think I never did this before.

c. Trying to understand on the bike why I still feel in a sprint that it takes me so long to get the lactic acid out of the legs, it was a short bike, very congested and small travel lanes. For such a congested course there were lots of marshalls out there. We had to do 2 turns twice both of which made you slow down significantly and once an ambulance made me stop for someone who crashed on the bike. 

Bike: 24:13, 21.8mph, fastest in age group

The Ugly. 
1. My run: 35 minutes, 7:59 pace or 8min flat per there computer. The first thing that went wrong was when I put my sneakers on the insole on my right sneaker rolled up, why I wouldn't fix it and decide to run on it I'll never know but that bothered me the whole run.

When I got off the bike I knew something wasn't right, I was a bit bloated and couldn't get my HR up past what I was averaging on the bike. At times I actually thought I would need a porta potty to go the bathroom, and it wasn't number 1. I was afraid I wasn't going to make it to to the finish. I finally saw the finish line and once over the line bee lined it to the porta potty which I spent quite of bit of time in till the awards ceremony.

2. Getting home I went the bathroom some more and then finally threw up all over the bathroom. It felt so good to get everything out, I felt less bloated and felt so much better. I have a low grade temp of 100 so I know things were brewing but at present feel a bit better.

What I will need to work on over the next 4 weeks:
1. Get my swim mojo back
2. work my transitions like there my bitch. Come on, bike helmet on backwards who does that shit- " I do, I guess".
3. Stay as healthy as I can and get some more fitness.
4. Maybe look to do another small local sprint or swim race before Pumpkinman.