So, this past weekend, I did something I’ve never done before. I did back to back triathlons on subsequent days. It started bright and earlyon Saturday, Sept 16th, 2017 with the Outer Banks Half Iron Triathlon. This was my 9th career half iron triathlon since I did my first one in October of 2014. I had done the Outer Banks Olympic Triathlon back in September of 2013 but hadn’t been back to the race since then. What I remember the most about that Olympic distance race was getting a face full of boat gas early on in the swim and then swimming the rest of the course with my head out of the water since I didn’t want that to happen again. I also remember having both legs cramp just as I saw the finish line. I hoped neither would happen this time around.
When I picked up my packet on Friday, they had me look up my race bib # first. When I saw what number I had been assigned my mouth literally dropped. I had bib #2! This is a number that I normally associate with professional triathletes but there weren’t any professionals at this race so they used the lower bib numbers for those of us doing the challenge of two races in two days. Those of us doing the half and sprint combination had single digit numbers while those doing the Olympic and sprint combination had double digit numbers below 50. Regardless, it’s an awesome number to have. Continue reading “Two Triathlons in One Weekend? Why not?”
I’ve been wanting to do this race for a while but I wasn’t quite sure about the kilt thing. They came out with a very cool medal this year, though, and that pushed me over the edge. I went ahead and got a kilt and came out for this. But, since it was the day before my early season half marathon, I decided to take it very, very easy.
We did the kilt run first and unfortunately didn’t have enough people to break the Guinness World Record. Oh well, it was a nice little warmup.
We then lined up for the 8K and I really tried to keep it slow. I’ve been doing most of my runs this year between 9 and 10 min/mi. For this one I ended up at 11:17 min/mi so I think I did fairly well. Raleigh is very hilly so that was a factor too. But I finished in 56:09, spent some time at the expo afterward, signed up for the Octoberfest 8K (the virtual version since I’m busy the day of the actual race) and then headed on to Wilmington to get ready for my half marathon the very next day.
Full race results can be seen at Athlinks: https://www.athlinks.com/event/8829/results/Event/527213/Course/785177/Bib/799
I started my 2016 race season earlier than I had expected. About a week before this race I was talking schedule with my coach and he suggested I might do this race. So, a week before the race, I signed up at the Slowtwitch Roadshow at Inside Out Sports in Cary. (I also won a Blue Seventy Reaction wetsuit there, so it was a good event!). In looking at schedule, since I had to be back in Durham that afternoon and I would have had to leave at something like 4am if I was going to drive down that day, I went ahead and got a hotel room. I got one at the same Quality Inn I reserved one at for the Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon that I was doing the week after this race. I drove down Friday night and got ready for the race.
Having never done this race, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But, it turned out to be a nice little race. It seemed like it too forever for my number to come up for the swim start but it finally did. The swim went well and then there was a decently long run to the transition area. The bike went well. This was my very first race on my new Quintana Roo PR5. Since it was early in the season, I didn’t feel like I had as much power on the bike as I wanted, but examining it afterward my coach adjusted my FTP up very slightly (ok by 1 watt). I passed a lot of people and was only passed by one or two people that I remember. The run was very flat and I was amazed afterward to see that I had logged some sub-9 minute miles on the run! My run time was within 2 minutes of my stand-alone 5K PR so that was pretty good. Final time was just over one hour: 1:01:36. Now I need to do this race next year to try to break 1 hour!
Swim: 6:24 (including the long run to transition)
T1: 2:33 (this could be much faster)
Bike: 24:25 (22.1 mph!)
T2: 1:12 (again, could be faster)
Run: 27:05 (stand-alone PR is 25:21 so to get this close in a triathlon was amazing)
Full results can be seen over at Athlinks: https://www.athlinks.com/event/31515/results/Event/524985/Course/780665/Bib/297
When I started triathlon 3 years ago, an iron distance race, 140.6 miles consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and then a full marathon of 26.2 miles seemed like a pipe dream. I didn’t know how to swim. The furthest I’d ever biked was 35 miles and my road bike was way too big for me. The longest I’d ever run was 7 miles. An iron distance race wasn’t just scary, it was intimidating. If you’d told me that 3 years later I’d be doing one I would have laughed in your face. My how times change.
October 2012 I did my first triathlon, the Rex Wellness Knightdale super sprint. September 2013 I did my first Olympic triathlon, the Outer Banks Triathlon. October 2014 I did my first half iron triathlon, Beach2Battleship. I must have liked B2B so much that I signed up for it again for 2015, this time for the full.
Continue reading “Beach2Battleship 2015 Race Report”