Monday, April 25, 2011
Triangle Orthopedic sprint triathlon at NC State Centennial Campus
I really enjoy the TOA sprint tri because it starts 9 miles away from our house, meaning I get to sleep in AND ride my bike to the start. One of my athletes drove in from the Outer Banks and we rode to the site together. It was a bit wet and humid but the road conditions were not bad.
I bought a new Xterra Vortex 3 wetsuit a few weeks ago. It fit great and was probably faster than my old 8 year old Quintana Roo. The QR lasted a long time but was really starting to fall apart. These new suits are light and slick and amazing. The water was chilly but I continued my streak of fastest swim split at this race with a 9:05, 30 seconds faster than last year. Started in the 2nd group, and caught one fast young guy from wave 1 who was not wearing a wetsuit and he stuck right next to me for the remainder. The guy that won the race was right behind.
On the uphill run to transition was am slow. That is OK because hills out of the water ^&$#. They both passed me.
On the bike I could not really push hard up the hills but got it cranking on the flats and downhills and split 40 seconds faster than the past 2 years. By myself for all of it - 27:10 for 10.5 miles. Definitely much better than the Azalea Triathlon a few weeks ago where I had no power.
On the run I did all right, ran well on the downhills and a bit slower on the uphills, 19:47 5k which is pretty good for me but 20 seconds slower than last year (but a minute faster than Azalea). 2 guys caught me on the run.
Finished with a 45 minute easy run to make it my long run day.
4th overall, 1st masters (wow).
Saw lots of swimmers, IOSDT members, and training partners/rivals. Good times.
Next up is the White Lake half which I am looking forward to.