May 7 (First Time Trial)
Cold and rainy, and I didn't know that ahead of time, so I was one of like three people who didn't have appropriate clothing
31:27.51 (20.98 mph)
|This picture looks downright pleasant - that's not the best description for it|
30:06.57 (21.92 mph)
This is the first time I had a handicap, they handicap racers to give them more of a good feeling compared the speed demons that come and place near the top consistently.
29:28.82 (22.39 mph)
30:16.48 (21.8 mph)
|Sitting at the start line|
29:42.25 (22.22 mph)
|Another start line shot - hopefully I've already started, cause otherwise I look way too intense|
29:31.27 (22.36 mph)
|You can tell it's late into the season. The sun is very low on the horizon|
OverallI'm glad I did it. I causes me to have a few thoughts
- Cyclists are fast. I mean I know triathletes are fast on the bike, and many of these people are triathletes, but many are cyclists and are quite fast. I am, often, at the bottom of this group. I am not at the bottom of a local triathlon on the bike (run - different story.)
- 30 minutes is a short race. I'm only six minutes back from the front, and end up in the last 25% of the group. When I go to a tri where I race for just over an hour, 6 minutes back can still be top 10 overall.
- There's tons of room to grow here, six minutes back in an 11 mile race is 5 miles per hour. If I could get a two mile per hour gain I'd only be mid-pack here, but a much bigger contender at triathlons.
Doing the same course over gives me two thoughts
- First, you can do a sort of apples to apples comparison. I know on the first day I went a certain speed, and then on the last day I did the exact same race and finished 5 minutes faster. That's a fun thing to see.
- Second, it's possible that some of that is just knowing the course better.