Saturday, June 30, 2012

Silicon Valley Sprint Triathlon


My first triathlon in CA! The original swim location got moved because of water quality, which resulted in a point to point transition and an increase in the bike distance. The swim took place in UVAS reservoir, and the bike ride was to Almaden Lake, where the run finished up.

The sprint swim started mid-lake which was problematic because it was quite the swim to the start! I started off and realized I wouldn't make it there in time. So I swum to the shore to try and walk closer to the start but it was really rocky and hurt my feet so I didn't make much progress. I was a couple of minutes from the start when my wave started which only made my time worse. The swim was alright but I'm slow so it took a while.

The bike ride was nice but hilly and through rolling hills and farms. I got passed by many people, but as this was the longest bike ride I've done in some time (18 miles) that was to be expected. A couple of tough hills, but they ended in fast downhills which is fun :) This year I bought bike clips.. did they help? Maybe? So I've gone from mountain bike to road bike to road bike with clips for each subsequent tri.

For the run, I was more beat than previous tris, so my pace wasn't as fast as it could be. It was a beautiful day though, mid 60s, not like the day Shannon and I scouted out a few weeks earlier where it was the upper 80s! Afterwards I changed into sandals and Shannon noticed my foot. It had felt like something was in my shoe when I was in the t1, but I couldn't figure out what it was. Turned out I sliced my foot up on the rocks trying to scramble to the start of the swim. Three large cuts and a few slices. Ouch.

I finished 3rd from last in the male category which is pretty bad, but considering I didn't train hardcore..

  • 32.53 - swim (0.5 miles)
  • 4.44 - t1
  • 1:30:13 -bike (18 miles)
  • 1:40 - t2
  • 34:37 - run (5k)
  • 2:44:47 - Total

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