June 21, 2009
.25 SWIM| 9M BIKE | 2M RUN
Results: Age Group Men’s 40-44 Third Place (out of 79 people).
Swim (30th place): 8:40
Bike: (6th place) 22:02 averaged 24.5mph
Run: (3rd place) 14:16 7:08 average
Wow. I couldn’t believe the turnout for this year’s event. Organizers at packet pickup said they had about 1,200 registered. It’s good to see the event being embraced.
The weather has been hot this year with highs in the upper 90’s and lows in the mid 70’s. It didn’t take long after the 8 am start for things to start warming up. Fortunately, Callaway Gardens has an abundance of trees and shade on both the bike and a good portion of the run course.
The swim had 10 waves, I was in the second wave (silver caps) for men 35-44. The younger men went first. My father did the event this year also and was in the following wave (men 45 and up). I warmed up for 10 minutes prior to the swim and took and aggressive (for me) position as we lined up to start in chest deep water. When the gun went off, I started hard and my left foot immediately cramped up – weird. Couldn’t straighten the foot out which made for an awkward couple of minutes until the cramp eased. I guess I need more stretching. It was a mosh pit of swimmers for two-thirds of my swim. No ugly incidents, but it was rare I wasn’t pressing against someone’s side or maneuvering around feet.
I exited the swim amongst a large number of silver caps, crossed the beach and went up a short hill into the transition area at a pretty fast jog. The first transition went pretty smoothly. I went sockless figuring the distances were short and came through at 1:37 for T1 – that included the run from the beach and a good distance out to the bike start.
Out on the bike course things were congested with the tail end of the first wave. I was riding my Kestrel road bike (no aero bars) because the course features a lot of twists, turns and small climbs (fun). Lots of first time triathletes in attendance. I worked my way up to a guy on a Trek time trial bike who was cutting through traffic pretty well. I stayed about 5 bike lengths off his rear end for 2 miles or so until his pace dropped off. After that I was pushing hard and working my way through the crowds a bit more. After about 6 miles, things thinned some as I got past the slower folks from wave 1. Finished the bike with the 6th best time in my age group and a 24.5 mph average.
I came smoothly into the second transition by getting out of my shoes at the end of the bike and riding on top of them to the dismount. I discovered that this technique works well, but because my size 13 shoes are left clipped to the pedals, they bounce off the road unless I lift the front tire while running into the transition. I hit T2 pretty well with a 1:28 time. No socks again for the run. This resulted in my feet pushing the liner up toward the front of the shoe. I ignored it, but next time maybe I’ll try some talcum powder and loosening up the laces some.
I got out to the run with a quick stride. The first part of the run circled Robin Lake where the swim was held. The legs felt good, and I ended up pushing the first mile faster than I probably should have. Don’t have an official time – but I’d guess around a 6:50 pace. The second mile was harder since I got a little anaerobic. Ended the run with a 7:08 per mile average, which was the 3rd best in my age group.
Full results are available at: http://results.active.com/pages/displayNonGru.jsp?pubID=3&rsID=80160
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