On Sunday August 26th we travelled out to Pinawa MB to participate in the Free Spirit triathlon. Bruce did the Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40K bike, 10k run), while I did the sprint (750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run). Before going out on Sunday, however, we also drove out on Saturday to scope out the course and watch the Kids of Steel.
The KoS race took place with the swim in the pool, and they rode/ran shorter distances, but otherwise, they do the same race as the adults. It was fun to watch them, some of the older kids are really fast!
On Sunday, our alarm went off at 5:30 (Pinawa is a 1.5 hour drive from where we live), and it was windy. I mean, really windy, and cold too. Bruce got up, looked at me, and said lets go back to bed. I thought about it, and really wanted to but we talked and decided to get up and go. We figured if the water was too rough, we could always just not start.
We drove out, checked in, and racked our bikes.
The Olympic race was scheduled to start at 9:00; at 8:30 I helped Bruce into his wetsuit and he hit the water to warm up. The wind definitely made it cool and the water choppy, as well, the swim was in a river with a current. The Olympic race got started about 10 minutes late, but at 9:10 he was off, and I started to get ready for the sprint swim start at 10:00.
At 10:00, the sprint race started, with over 100 people in the water. It was a little more chaotic than I was used to, but not too bad. The big issue was the current and the waves, it was definitely rougher than I’m used to. I finished the swim in 22:01 – not as good as Riding Mountain last year, and not nearly as good as the swim I had at Riding Mountain just the week before! Not bad, just not great.
Transition times were included with the bike time, but based on the time on my watch when i got on my bike, my T1 time was about 3 minutes. This makes sense – my feet were wet, and I struggled to get my socks on, plus I always have to adjust my hair to get it to fit under my bike helmet. I really need to find a better way.
The bike started off terrible! The wind… oh my, the wind. We rode into a brutal headwind for the first half of the ride, and I forgot my Garmin so I had no idea how fast I was going or how far I’d gone. I finally reached the turn around at about the 27 minute mark, which was disappointing, I was hoping for much faster. As soon as I hit the turn around, though, the wind was at my back, and I was flying! The second half of the bike took me less than 20 minutes – amazing! My bike split, including both transitions, was 50:12.
T2 went fast. I tried something new on the bike; I unfastened my shoes while still on the bike, leaving them clipped into the pedals. I found this made my transition go way faster! T2 took a minute or less.
The run was done on the streets of Pinawa, with a little bit of trail running on a lakefront path. I felt pretty good, but without my Garmin I had no real idea how I was doing. I ran the whole 5k without a single walk break, which made me really happy. I felt good, and finished in 30:06. I was really happy with that!
My final overall time was 1:42:20. This was an improvement over last year by 3 minutes! Very happy with that. Bruce had a decent day too, his time was 3:16:42. After the race was over, there was a lunch included – lasagna, salad & breadsticks. Different, and a real treat.
We both agreed, it was a well done race, and most important to me, I had a lot of fun. After grinding through long distance training all year, running a sprint race just for fun was perfect. Unless there is a conflicting race, we’ll be back next year!
Goals: Yesterday was a busy day, but I did OK. Got my run done, and entered my run training into Google calendar. I didn’t do menu plans, but I did write two blog posts. Decent day.
1. 2 blog posts
2. 1 workout
3. Menu planning
That’s all I can handle. I have too many things to do, but work is sucking up my time like crazy!