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2013 – Tri Waco Olympic Race Review

Posted by Ed Crossman in Bicycling, Running, Swimming, Triathlon

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So this was our first repeat race, however we did bump up the distance to an Olympic distance. It was tempting not to sign up for the 400 meter swim sprint, but this worked out well for prepping for Ironman Stealhead 70.3 next weekend.

 

Pre-Race

We love races that start outside of our hotel. And this was the perfect setup. We woke up nice and early, ate some peanut butter sandwiches and a banana and we were set. We brought all our gear down and were all done by 5:30am.

It is a nice feeling to sit down and relax knowing that transition is all taken care of. However we would find out later that someone decided to setup inbetween us, yes we setup right on the outside of the rack side by side.

Swim

I hate the swim, and this was no exception. The swim lane was pretty narrow and there was a lot of swimming over each other. After about 400 meters it kind of cleared up until each turn.

The swim was uneventful until about halfway through and a foot cramp popped up. There is not much to do but relax and flex my foot up. extending the toes out makes it a bit worse. I did have to flip on my back for a sec but the cramp was manageable afterwards.

I finished kicking hard and clocked a time of 34 minutes, my fastest time by 40 seconds.

Bike

I was pumped to have a Zipp disk and a 404 on the front for this race. It was 25.25 miles of really flat good roads. The shoulder had only a handful of bumps and holes, but overall a great course.

The ride out was slightly uphill, but it was super fast. After changing directions I found out it was because there was a pretty decent wind rolling through. The ride back was tough with the head wind. I kept pushing and pushing remembering my previous time trials and how my legs felt afterwards. I knew even though there was burning I could manage it through the run.

I passed quite a lot of people since y swim was a bit slow, and finished in 1:06.

Run

I was feeling good at this point and was ready to rock the run. I had forgot to bring a gel so I had to pack my soft flask I used on the bike in my back pocket. It was kind of awkward bouncing in my pocket, but it was definitely needed.

I had heard there were some sneaky hills about 2 miles in that we missed last year on the sprint. So I was slightly cautious with my pace, but still pushing it. And when we hit the hills I was glad I did save some energy. We did about 262 ft of climbing on the entire run, I think about 80% of it in the middle 2 miles.

These hills broke athletes. I saw many walking but I kept pushing uphill and downhill. There were a total of 3 hills, each a steep up and down, then we hit the same ones on the way back. After clearing the hills I felt much better and kept my pace up.

The final turn onto the finishing bridge was a giant relief. I pushed as hard as I could in the final few meters and barely mustered a quicker pace. The run time was 46 minutes…super happy.

This pic explains it all…it is my foot…too fast 🙂

My foot at tri waco

My foot at tri waco

Overall

Great race, great support, 10/10, would race again.

The last of the bike rides

Posted by Ed Crossman in Bicycling, Training, Triathlon

The ride felt great. I really just want to see what this Strava plug in looks like.

 

Extra Ride Day

Posted by Ed Crossman in Bicycling, General

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The great Corporate Holiday structure.

I always loved seeing a calendar full of corporate holidays. It meant long weekends, less work, paid days off…and now, extra ride days.

Presidents Day ride in front of Mission Espada

Presidents Day ride in front of Mission Espada

I took advantage of the latest installment of corporate holidays and rode a nice relaxing 22 miles. It was great to not push it (except for a little sprint here and there) and to take in the air.

What was especially gratifying was knowing that I am usually cramped up in a cubical staring at my computer screen. Even though I do enjoy my job a ton, I definitely prefer the bike riding option.

It is definitely not easy training for a 70.3 while working full time, and going to school, and working side projects. But holidays make great opportunities to add in those extra base miles.

The next holiday is not really a corporate one (even though it should be) but we are taking another day off for it. St Patrick’s day will be fun and will be filled with running. And of course some Guinness afterwards.

Spin Classes are Good

Posted by Ed Crossman in Bicycling, Triathlon

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When travel starts to pick up and time away from the comfort of our home increases, spin classes are good. It is kind of nice that there are more and more spin specific studios popping up that make for great ride substitutes.

Today we needed to get in a solid 2 hours of biking. Unfortunately we are a few thousand miles from our bikes. So we found a studio and made the trip on a Sunday morning to a local studio in Burbank.

Of course we ran out of space in our luggage for our bike shoes. We had to make due with cages and running shoes. I also noticed that the more minimal shoes I grow into, the less comfortable they are on a spin bike. You definitely need support when riding a bike and my Brooks Pure Drifts are not made for that. Don’t worry, I survived.

It is also great to experience the different types of spin techniques advocated by the instructors. My usual Thursday class back home has us occasionally get out of the saddle for big hills. Today we started our second class out of the saddle for about 15 minutes. It was quite the workout.

So do not let a little travel get in the way of finding a great workout.