Bin Brook Tri
Did the Binbrook Tri on Sun.
Here are the numbers:
Age group placement: 7/15
Swim time (750m): 19:04
Swim place: 98
Pace per 100m: 2:33
Bike Time (26 km): 51:03
Bike place: 47
Average km/hr: 31.7
Run Time (6.5 km): 31:20
Run place: 27
Run pace min/km: 4:50
Here's my experience...
Crazy as always. Sun in the eyes. Murky water. Crawl back to the shore. I haven't done any open water swimming this season.
I noticed the skewer of my front wheel wasn't secured in the first 5 km. Had to stop and fastened it. The good thing of having a slow swim is that you can catch up to a lot of people. A lot of "on your left" (when you are passing someone).
I saw Matt 1 km ahead of me during the turn around. I took off my bike shoes before the dismount line. That saved a lot of time.
Just go. First two km was brutal. The sun was out and I was keeping my legs moving. Heavy legs from the bike. No big deal. I slowly reel in behind Matt.
I was behind him for a few hundred meters. As I caught up behind him, I was breathing really loud. He must thought someone was breathing over his neck :).
I ran with him for the next two k, we kept it steady. He talked majority of the time. I have nothing to speak. In fact, I cannot speak anything as I am merely trying to keep up and focus on not passing out.
With two and a half k left, someone from my age group passed me. Matt suggested I chased him. I took off (slowly). The last stretch seemed to go on forever. The run was all on trail. I enjoyed it.
Run to the end. Done. Can't catch up to the age group runner but I did passed two people in the process.
Fun in the sun.
Overall time wise I think my body can go faster. Pace wise, I am about as fast as my first tri three years ago.
I am glad to see that as the race goes on, my position gradually improve (98th out of water, 57th off the bike, 27th fastest run etc). 4:30 min/k ain't fast. But the run seemed to be my strength. I had been doing a lot more hill running this year around.
With Half Ironman Peterborough, I need to get in shape. Quite busy at work right now. Mon and Tues has been running and biking. Body bounced back from the tri pretty well.