Triathlon Season Is Here !!!
Last weekend was my Tri Team’s annual training weekend. This is an event I’ve been looking forward to this event since joining the team last year. We were able to invite guests to the event and I registered my friend Gary to come along for the day. He had such a great time he ended up joining the team !
The day started out with registration under the tent and the distribution of our 2012 team shirts. One of our new sponsors this year is Magners Irish Cider and I think the logo came out really well on the shirts. Once everyone was checked in we split into group and rode a few towns over for the Strawberry Shortcake 10K road race. The race was tough, a bit hillier than I expected and the weather was hot. I put myself in the pain cave, pushing my heart rate around 180 and trying to hang on after a fast start. I ended up finishing 17th with a time of 41:59.9
. After all the usual post-race goodies, all the runners got bowls of strawberry shortcake before the awards ceremony. It was at this time we got the whole team together in front of the tent for a picture.
Next up were the group rides. I jumped into the 30 mile, 18-20mph pace group. Club president Jeff spent some time showing me the ropes of the group ride. I worked hard at keeping the gaps closed up while moving up towards the front as each leader dropped back. We eventually passed some of the faster group who were changing a flat. When I moved up for my turn at the front, the fast group freight-trained by and I thought they said to stick with them to make the group bigger, so I gave it all I had to stay with them. I hung on for a while, but ended up getting dropped after 5-6 miles, this put me way ahead on my group though and I had no idea where I was. After reaching an intersection, I paused the Timex and waited for my group to catch up. I then dropped to the back for the rest of the ride.
After lunch it was time to jump in the water ! I got to demo an Xterra Vortex Pro wetsuit. I immediately noticed a difference in buoyancy compared to my generic wetsuit. The swim is by far the weakest part of my triathlon and I took the opportunity to learn some swim tips from some of my more experienced teammates. I got some good advice with regards to my swim stroke, to limit how much of my face comes out of the water with each breath and I was encouraged to go easier with my kick.
The day finished off with an awesome BBQ, during which we got our sponsor packages which included some running hats, water bottles and some pint glasses and sample product from Magners.
The day was awesome, I send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped plan the day.
Triathlon season is here !!