It's been eight days since the race and I think I'm ready to start running again. That was one long run.The wind was howling and Choptank river was super choppy. The announcer said it was much worse 1.5 hours ago but it still looked pretty bad. 7am soon arrived and it was time to get in the water.
Let's start at the beginning.
Let's start at the beginning.
2.4 mile swim - 1:11:44 -- 1:51 per 100 meters
|Getting focused for a long day|
112 mile bike - 6:15:04 -- 17.89 mph
|Start of lap 2|
T-2 - 6:43
Another complete wardrobe change in the tent because again, I wanted to be comfortable on the run. I greased up, threw on the had and sunglasses and was out.
26.6 jog - 5:12:00 -- 11:54 min/mile
The run course was an out and back 3 times of about 4.3 miles each way. The first lap started out pretty good averaging about 9 min/mile pace. I kept thinking to myself 'keep an even 9-9:30 pace and you'll be done soon enough. Keeping up a 9:30 pace turned into trying to keep it under 10 around mile 9. Things were starting to fall apart. My knee was really the only thing giving me problems. I'll learn later during the after race massage that I had a knot in my quad and a micro tear in my meniscus. I've had problems in the past about drinking too much at the water stops so I decided to carry a pack of gum with me to keep my mouth from becoming too dry. It worked for about half the race until I was sick of it. I ran alone for the entire race. I didn't talk much either, just some words of encouragement here and there whenever I noticed someone was struggleing. The sun started setting about 1/4 through my last lap. The fellas at the far water stop promised a beer to everyone that watned one but only on their last lap. It sounded like a good idea at the time. I had about 1/4 can of Fat Tire and that really helped me, for about 1/3 mile. I counted down the miles from 3 and really wanted to run strong the last mile. The finish was a blurr. I remember the lights and the announcer saying my name but I was almost sprinting the last 400 yards. I remember seeing the photographer and wondering "how bad am I going to look in this picture?" I tried to smile and look good but only time will tell until the pictures come back.
|Holy Shit this hurts!|
Total time to go 140.6 miles - 12:53:38
I hung out at the finish line for a few minutes to make sure I was ok then headed to grab my stuff. I took a shower, ate some dinner, and got a massage post race. We went back to the car and had a Sam Adams Octoberfest until I felt I was just too tired and had to go to sleep, not before updating my facebook status and returning some texts/emails that I finished.
I found out the next day before the awards ceremony I was 9 minutes out of 3rd place for my division. We didn't stay for the awards.
It was a great weekend and the three things that I was most concerned about, flat tires, chaffing, and stomach issues, didn't happen. Even though that was all I could give for that event, I think I can get better and go faster. Until next time...