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Escape from Alcatraz Race Report

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon was an unanticipated bonus which resulted from an Age Group win at Escape Huntington Beach earlier this Spring (a qualifying race in the Escape series).  I generally take these things very seriously but for a change decided that I would prioritize an appreciation for the experience with this bucket list opportunity,…

Escape Surf City Race Report

This weekends inaugural Escape Surf City triathlon illustrated a unique phenomenon in competition.  My only goal for this event was to race uninhibited by limitations in search of a breakthrough performance without fear of blowing up.  I wanted to plow through the swim as if it was the 1k, race the bike at 300 watts…

2018 Oceanside Race Report

  Years of racing experience has taught me that performance is gauged on 3 key elements, 1) Preparation, 2) Execution and 3) Body Response (simply how your body responds to the day).  It’s amazing to me how if you could place yourself in a vacuum, repeating the same workouts, meals, sleep and prerace rituals, you…

2018 Desert Triathlon

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Haven’t done a race report in a while.  I’ve almost forget how this goes, but I know it involves charts so here’s one –

Comparison Chart

Early season races are something of a wild card.  There’s little expectation and much less predictability.   Going into this race my T26 workouts had been way off the mark, my biking pathetic at times and I hadn’t done a single transition run so I had no clue how my legs would feel coming off a hard ride.  I use Desert Tri as a jumping off point to look ahead at Oceanside to gauge my fitness and determine what my targets should reasonably be for the next 4 week block.  The good news is, I continue to see when you put in the work day after day good things will happen, and sometimes you surprise yourself.  This was particularly the case as I found myself 20 watts above target on the bike, flirting with 300 for the majority of the ride, for the 3rd fastest bike split of the day.

I’m not sure how exactly this happened.  I would have thought my power meter was off if it wasn’t for the 1mph improvement from last year.  One variable that could be responsible is that fact I’ve been spending 3 days/week in the gym lifting heavy.  I made a decision to focus on my overall health this year, and did not expect the increase in muscle mass would help triathlon, actually thinking it would hurt it, but undoubtedly my legs felt fresher than ever before pushing numbers I hadn’t seen on the bike other than while FTP testing.

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Another contributor was following a new strategy I didn’t settle on until the morning of the race, discussing with a Tower26 friend Craig Taylor moments before the gun going off.  I asked him about his head position, noticing a large amount of pros not looking up in many of their pictures.  He said he sights similar to the swim and I figured I’d test the same, looking up every 5 Mississippi to ensure the road was clear and spotting off the line.  This surprisingly worked great as my body felt incredibly good, especially with the removed pressure from my neck.  I’d be interested to hear others take on this, especially my amateur elite friends.

Bike 1

The last piece to the puzzle is simple effort.  I used to hit HR’s in the 160’s to 170’s during these races.  Now I’m averaging in the 180’s.  Where that used to really hurt now I welcome the pain.  If I can time it right to redline while maintaining or even negative splitting I’ve had a great day.  I maxed out in the 194 descending into sub 6 the last mile of the race and relished every second of the pain.

Swim

This year I took the time to stop and sight, especially during the longest 10+ minute buoy free section, and as a result I swam straight, unlike the majority of age groupers, exiting 3rd in my wave.  Unfortunately I didn’t work as hard as I should, which was reflected in my pace and HR.

Swim Map

Bike

Here’s another graph comparing last year to this year.

Bike Power

I know the course is a little short but it felt great to finally go sub 1 hour in the Olympic distance bike.

Bike 2

Run

As I neared the dismount line I bent down to unvelcro my shoes and during pulled a muscle in my stomach (ever have an ab pop out, it’s gross and painful).  I thought perhaps my race was over but was able to push through and the problem went away within minutes.  I am very happy with my execution on the run.  I started comfortable and increased effort after the first loop, finishing the last mile with everything I had.  My pace only dropped a little, from 6:18 to 6:00, but my effort increased dramatically.  I would love to go sub 6/mile next year.

Desert Tri Run

Pictures

Shirt Version

3rd in AG, 5th Overall

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Tower26 teammates all had a good day!

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Victorious Victory Meal

Ironman Arizona 70.3 Race Report

Biggest take away from this past weekend “perhaps you’re stronger than you think”.  It’s easy among the monotony of balancing Ironman overload with a full-time job and attempting to maintain a reasonable social life on top of it to question “am I fit” as feelings of fatigue and mental burn out start creeping in.  I…

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships

It took some distance and time for reflection before being able to put down in writing my feelings from this past weekend at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga.  I set my sights on this race over a year ago when I missed qualifying at Vineman 70.3 by just 30 seconds, having only 3…

A Note to All the Singles

It’s been a little while since I put anything down in writing, and perhaps that’s a good thing, a sign that life has been firing on all cylinders, but a recent turn of events has left me lower than my typical feel good self.  A forced few week training hiatus has provided some unanticipated yet…

St George Race Report

Ironman can be a bitch, there’s no denying it, and the moment you get cocky is generally the moment it reminds you who’s in charge.  Following Oceanside I had this surreal confidence that I was in control of the 70.3 distance and ready for a breakthrough performance, but my undoing came from a lack of…