Finger Lake Triathlon 2017 – Olympic Distance Result

Official Result:

Total Time: 3:34:25
Place: 116 (out of 139)
Place Female Only: 30 (out of 42)
Place Female Age Group 40-45: 4 (out of 6)
Swim: 39:26 (2:38 100s pace)
Bike: 1:43:15 (14.17 mile per hour)
Run: 1:05:48 (10:37 per mile)

Thoughts on the race:

I’m just happy that I finished the race….without resorting to walking. I’ve been slacking with training. 15 lbs more than last year’s race…and let me assure you, it’s not muscle weight gain.

I swam half breaststroke, half freestyle. My priority was conserving energy for later, and I think I made the right decision. Unlike last year, the water wasn’t shallow so we weren’t dolphin diving much.

Last week, when I did a dry run of the entire olympic course, I run out of fuel and had a energy crash. So I decided to refuel twice, one at the beginning of the bike route, and another at the halfway into the bike route. I went with Honey Stinger Waffles, and it worked well. Except that I should have opened the wrapper before getting on the bike. I almost lost balance trying to open that thing.

And the run, I knew I was going to be slower than last year…especially carrying extra 15 lbs & doubling the distance. I’m pretty happy that I was under 11 minutes per mile. And because I refueled properly, I had enough energy to complete the run without exhausting myself.

Next Goals:

Run – under 10 minutes per mile
Bike – over 15 miles per hour
Swim – 100% freestyle
Overall – less than 3:30:00 total time.

I already signed up with a group swimming lessons for the fall. Hopefully, I can finally swim faster with freestyle than breaststroke next year. I’ve been working on my arm during the summer. This fall I will be working on my legs, and the winter lessons will be putting the two together to get the form right.

Next race is Wineglass half marathon in Corning in about 4 weeks. My goal is to run daily, bike twice a week, and swim once a week. I’ll need to start counting calorie intakes to lose some weight so that it will be easy on my knees. I probably have to give up the daily Starbucks drink for a while too (maybe reduce it to every other day).

Leave a Reply