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Keuka Triathlon

Keuka Triathlon


A few weeks ago (June 10th) was the Keuka Triathlon.

I did the Olympic distance which is a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run

[.93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run]. I started training in

January, fell off the wagon with the house stuff in April and May and

worried I’d drown for the beginning of June.

It was actually tons of fun – the wetsuit made the water seem warm and the

biggest problem with the swim was trying not to bump into other swimmers –

at least until my goggles fogged up in the last little bit and I couldn’t

see where the finish was.

The bike was okay except I noticed my front brake was open…maybe because

I’d taken my wheel off right before the start to pry my rented wetsuit from

between my spokes and fork (yah…don’t ride a bike with a plastic bag in

your hand on the handlebar). I stopped briefly to close my brake and then it

really, really rubbed my rim. Hmmm…guess the rim got a little bent in my

wetsuit accident (wetsuit was fine btw) so I opened the brake again. I

spent the entire race watching my wheel bobble left to right where it rubbed

on the brake about 1/3 of every revolution. The brake rub made climbing the

hills extra fun and the wobble made descents even scarier than normal.

Although I normally prefer biking, I was glad to get off the bike and start

the run (tri shorts just aren’t as padded as regular shorts). I tried to run

the 2nd half faster than the first half and while I didn’t quite manage, I

at least still finished in a respectable time which I can no longer recall

but it was around 9 min/mile.

I will definitely do another triathlon when I find time to swim and run just

a little more often 🙂

RIT indoor triathlon

The RIT tri is probably the most motivational race I can do in late winter/early spring. It’s so easy to convince myself I can swim, bike, and run for 15 minutes each. After my pathetic attempt at swimming last year (25 laps), I decided to actually learn how to swim this year and started going to the pool with Jess in January. Somewhere in there, I stopped being scared of the water and actually started enjoying it! However at 27 laps this year I really haven’t gotten faster, just happier.

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The bike went well (it claimed I was averaging about 19 mph) even though I had the maladjusted stationary bike and my seat kept re-tilting itself when I changed position – the bikes must have been set up different than last year because I rode much less yet did better.

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Then, the run. Although I remembered having sore legs after the swim and bike last year, I still ran pretty fast for me. But then again, while I never bothered to train in the pool last year, I did a lot of indoor track workouts. Not so much this year. In fact, I think that since I ran the Philly Marathon in November, I have barely managed to run even once a week. But, even in my slackerness, I ran almost 2 miles. 2 miles in 15 minutes is a lot for me, 7:30min/mile. If I could run 3 miles in 15 + 7:30 = 22:30 I’d be estatic.

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Up next is the local giro de primavera.