Swimming race 28:05  1.5 km (18:43 / km)
Lakeside Olympic Distance Triathlon
My turn to race, after being the spectator, photographer, and general helper for Katta (Sprint) and Sofia and Mia (Kids of Steel) yesterday. Weather still rather cold, about 10C with showers, clouds, and lots of wind - gusts of 50kph, and still some guys were riding disc wheels. Oh well - to each their own.
The water temp was 19C, and the official triathlon corrected temp (factoring in wind and air temperature) was 14.5C. I was shivering at the start line, for sure.
Reasonable swim, as in nothing terrible happened. But not a great swim. I never did find good feet to draft. Lots of guys my pace, whom I could easily pass if I focused on long efficient strokes, but I would then slack off or wander off the line and see the same suits again. And again. Sigh.
I guess this is an "average" time for me, in windy and slightly wavy conditions. For the swim I was 6/24 in my age group, 39/149 overall. So, not disastrous but certainly no cause for celebration.
Road Cycling race 1:05:19  40.0 km (36.7 kph) +450m
The bike was, as usual, much better.
Windy conditions and tough going, which suits me just fine. Not a day to break any speed records, but still managed to average just under 37kph, which was quite satisfying given the high winds. Used Katta's bike, which was pretty decent overall. I was a bit worried about the more aggressive aero position and what it would do to my back and neck (and run after the ride). It was tough to hold my head in position for the whole ride, as I'm certainly out of practice for aero bike riding.
Passed the usual chain of folks, moving myself up to 15th overall from 39th out of the water. Quite satisfied with my time on the bike ride compared to the field - was 5th overall on the bike. And was the fastest of any male over 30 years. The only guys who beat me were pro or in the younger age groups.
At the end of the bike, I was leading my age group, though that was to be short-lived...
Running race 44:29  10.0 km (4:27 / km) +100m 4:14 / km
Brutal run. Not a tough course. I just felt awful through it, that's all.
My stomach was not a happy camper, and just after the 1km mark, I had to pull off into the bushes to make an unscheduled pit stop. Yikes. Hardly ever have to do this (thankfully). Lost around 60-90 seconds there, and just after I hopped back onto the road, I was passed by the next guy in M40-44. He was not going too much faster than I was, but on this day it was enough. I just didn't have it in me to go hard, and was hovering on the verge of needin another pit stop the whole way.
Luckily, made it to the end of the race and a more official comfort station.
And managed to hold onto the second place position, though it certainly wasn't pretty.
Was 15th overall, and 2nd in my age group. Decent I guess, though should have been better in the swim and the bike.