Keeping my eye on the prize.
Yesterday I had a wickedly fast bike ride. It was a regular route that I ride in my city. Out and back.
I was going 30 kph avg. On a similar ride a year before, I would be going 28 kph or so. The number can be a bit skewed as there are traffic lights and what not. Overall, I felt strong on the bike. No groin pain :)
Looking at the number, it is clear to see that I am going faster. Physically I ain't getting stronger (or more aerobic). My training for this season have been on and off. I figure most of speed has to do with a tri bike (light and more aere than my roadie) and a better fit.
I was looking at the results of Binbrook tri last year and I think I have a pretty high chance of making it to the podium. By far, I ain't a fast guy. I am always a mid packer (place in the 50% percentile).
Here is my conservative pace breakdown:
Swim at 2:00/m for 750 m => 15 min
Bike at 31 km/hr for 26 km => 50 min (really conservative)
Run at 5 min/k for 6.5 km => 33 min
Add 4 min for both transitions
Total = 102 min or 1 hr and 42 min.
In my age group, the fourth place finish in a time of 1 hr and 39 min.
Muskoka Long Course is on the same day so I figure all the fast people are there racing.
I want to go really hard. But I have to remind myself that the key race for this season is Half Ironman Peterborough (July 6th). It is coming down fast.
That's the prize. Binbrook tri is a good starter for this season.
I have to keep my eye on the prize.
All in all I am quite excited to tri again. I have been in the forum sharing with two people that will be racing Binbrook as well. It is their first tri. Brings back memory of my first tri :o).