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Loggerhead Triathlon 2011

Had a great race this morning. The Loggerhead Triathlon is the most local race for me taking place at Carlin Park. Woke up this morning at 3:16 for some odd reason. My alarm was set for 4:15. I posted on Facebook last night that I wanted to win my age group today and that was the mission.

Woke up this morning thinking, “This is it. You’ve gotto give it everything.” Got to transition early and got a parking space right outside the fence. Racked my bike second to the dreamt-for end spot and set up my towel. Today, nutritionally, I had planned on a Gatorade G2 mix on the bike, However when I arrived at the transition, I realized I had left the Aero Bottle at home in the fridge. I had enough time to go home and get it but it wasn’t a huge loss. I was fealing good. My legs were loose and I was ready to go.

Got body marked and the guy doing it stabbed the marker into my skin and it got everywhere. O well they are the volunteers that make the race possible. Walked down to the swim. No wind, almost no waves. This was going to be a good race.

For once, the national anthem singer was actually good and 10 seconds later the elite’s went off. John Reback would end up winning the race.

Now it was time for my wave. The horn blew and we ran out into the water. At the buoy’s the water was only about 6ft deep so we walked out most of the way. Walking is mostimes just as fast as the guy’s in front swimming. Trying to make the turn I was using the breast stroke but was getting kicked and clawed all around. I wasn’t even moving because of the constant kicks and arms slamming me in the back of the head. So, I dove down under all the people and swam right over the buoy line and got free. The open water felt great. I was swimming a great pace. Not getting too tired but still moving fast. I swam the 3/8ths mile in just under 11 minutes. (Split times have not yet been posted on a website).

From there I ran through the transition, strapped my helmet on, put on my oakleys, put a bottle in my back along with a gel and took off. Got on the bike and slipped into my shoes, (called a flying start, if you’re good enough, always use it) and took off down A1A. There were a lot of spectators here today. None for me unfortunately. Shot up Carlin Mountain at 21mph, lowered the gear and got into full AERO mode. “Austin what is this full AERO mode?” Even though I don’t have an Aero helmet…yet, I lowered my head down as close to the bars as I could and looked straight down at my front wheel. The smooth shell of my Specialized Propero carbon helmet, would cut through the air better than my face. LOOKING DOWN AT YOUR FRONT WHEEL, ESPECIALLY IN A MOSTLY BEGINNER’S SPRINT TRIATHLON IS VERY DANGEROUS. WITHOUT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH TIME TRIALING, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMP. Every few seconds I’d glance up to see up ahead, but I’d use the ability of my eyes to move upward and try to minimize having to pick up my head. I also got up on the front of the seat, not only a more aerodynamic position, but it also move’s your legs directly over the pedals making each stroke much much more powerful. On the bike I was feeling pretty good, my legs weren’t too tired. I knew I was still putting out too much tho. My best 5k is 22 minutes. That’s not good enough to back off on the bike and rely on running your best 5k possible in the heat and after 13 miles on the bike. So I kept the pace on the bike and established a FIRM lead over the rest of my competitores.

Pulling back into transition, I had just put out 24mph for 13miles. My legs were tired I could feel it but not overwhelmingly. They had some good stuff left. However my calfs were slightly cramped and my heart rate was through the roof. The past few days have been a brand new discovery. My max heart rate is EXTREMELY…extremly high. And my performance heart rate in a sprint race in 80-90%. My heart felt like it was going to beat right out of my chest. This is what I need to work on. I decided to take a few brakes along the way trying to get my HR down. Didn’t work. I slowed down at the turnaround of the 5K course and walked around the circle sipping some water. There we go, my heart rate dropped a little bit and I was ready to go. I still kept stopping a few times on the way back but I knew as soon as I left the last water station I was taking off. I got to the last water station, by my previous calculations, I should be finishing right now. I ran down the half mile of A1A quickly and with a sublime control. Made the turn onto the civic center road. and saw the finish. I always finish with a sprint but today I was going to wait till 100m to go. Saw my buddy, and took off. Crossed the finish line with my hands up in the air flashing the number 1.

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More than we bargoned for.

 

Nice hard effort this morning on the Allez for 9 miles just to get a quick ride in. My calfs were burning the first 5 miles but then they losened up and the sting receeded. Going to jump in the pool swim a quarter mile (44 lengths, 22 laps) and cool off. Hot water heater is leaking so I’m reluctant to take a shower, don’t worry I jump in the pool after anything involving sweat. Going to mow the lawn and get some sun, half mile ocean swim later, followed by meeting with George at Tri-Running Sports then maybe a short-easy run.

The Loggerhead Sprint Triathlon is this weekend, Saturday to be exact. And Loggerhead is known for being many people’s first triathlon. However, I don’t understand why…the swim is an 8th of a mile longer than a usual sprint and the bike is 3 miles more than a usual sprint. And for 2011, the race will be a battle for survival. With tropical storm Erin on the way, set to arrive off the coast of Florida on Saturday. The waves will be much higher than they are now, and people are tired of the rough seas at the moment. The surf will be bigger, stronger, and choppier. The wind will rip full carbon wheels to shreads and blow riders into the curbs….On the bright side…it might be a nice and cool moring with a drizzle. Best of luck to all the newbies, and to everybody in general including me. Have a fast, safe, and most importantly fun race.

For anybody looking for a life changing experience come check out the Loggerhead

Triathlon this Saturday August 6th. Plenty of room for spectators and who knows, maybe inspire you to try out a triathlon.

Welcome to the 2011 Loggerhead Triathlon, the begginers wave will be starting now.

Triathlon is an Individual Sport

Dropped out of a mock-race yesterday after the bike. Everything was going according to plan but everything felt like it was going awfully wrong. I swam the 3/8th mile Loggerhead Triathlon course in 10 minutes. For me…damn. Then I got on the bike and from lack of stretching or something, my hamstrings, quads, glutes, and lower back felt like I had rubbed them with BioFreeze. Since it was training for the tri on Saturday Aug. 6th, I pulled a Chris Mccormack and disapeared.

Got back on the bike today to do 40 miles, COMPLETELY alone. The main 6:30 group is all the best cyclists in the area. They did 70miles today. The rode as a group up Jupiter Island at 23-26mph with the wind coming from the South. I paced off of them and my calfs were torched. From the 100 mile ride to tNike Lacrosse Camp for three days, my legs are sinched and are ready for a break.

Come check out the Loggerhead Triathlon on Saturday August 6th and see how I do. Carlin Parck, Jupiter, Florida 6:30am.

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at 3:30am we go 100miles…

Around the -hood.

Ran about 3 miles in the neigborhood this afternoon. It is 88 degrees here in Jupiter at 7pm. I was planning on running 5 miles, however my legs seemed quite irretable after 2 miles both at 6:20pace. Keep in mind my fastest official mile is 6:19.

My best quess to why my legs felt irritable (it was mostly around the tops of the knees) is because after doing nothing but running for a full week I then killed 50 miles on Sunday (first time back on a bike in 6 days) in only 2:44 pulling my group of 4 about 1/3rd of the way through the harsh winds. On the hardest section, at a little past the halfway point, on the very open and unprotected Old Dixie Highway, I got my Tour de France attitude on and pushed 23-24mph through 15mph headwinds and “sprinted” away from the group over the course of 3 miles.

Sunday Morning Ride

Getting geared up for my “once a month” 100mile century ride and will have a map just like the one above for you.

Run through the Neighborhood

Running 10 miles through the farms today. Got a friend to tag along for 4 miles. Missing my Saturday morning run for a 100mile bike ride on Sunday morning. Gunna be a good ride.

Been running really well. Last week I ran 5.5miles in only 36 minutes. I’ve never been able to do that. It was either the beautiful terrain, the cooler temperatures, or the ice rain that was pelting me. Going to be a good run today.

Tradewinds Triathlon, July 4th

Competed in the Independance Triathlon at Tradewinds Park on July 4th. The entire race had the ability to stay in the park because of the parks size.

The swim was a quarter mile through murky water. Literally, I could not see my hand with each stroke. Also, people were kicking me in the face and clawing at my goggles it was such a cluster of people. At one point I was sandwiched with a guy on my front, two on my sides, and another guy behind me. I swam for an opening after about 1/5th of the way of getting clawed in the goggles and kicked and constantly smacking my arms on their legs. I found the opening and caught some kind of jetstram because the next time I picked my head up I staring at grass. I swam the3 quarter mile in 7:59 and that was a great time considering the murky water and the all the smacking.

The bike was a tough course because that morning it had rained and they had literally split a one lane road with traffic cones and put 700 people on the course all at once. The only crash that happened happed to the two guys racing right infront of me and it was a perfect NASCAR like crash where the guy in the back slid out from the apex of the turn and took out the rear tire of the guy infront of him. As they went spinning off in the grass, here I come through the smoke. So I decided to take it easy through the turns and keep the wheels under me. Also,to not crash into anybody else. I thought for sure my competitors could not pass me on the bike because not only do I ride amazing in training but I cranked 25mph out down the straight-aways yet still came in second by 2 minutes. Finding out later that my competitor pedalled through the turns. I rode 28 minutes on the bike however, first place in my age-group rode 26:30. Could have been more aggrasive in the turns.

Ran amazingly well. Not quite as good as I did at the Stealthman two days earlier, but still great. I felt like I was going much faster than what my time came out as but still good. Felt good and felt that I could have kept the pace going for another 3.1 miles in an olympic race. I ran 24:31. Not much to say about the run.

I took second out of 4 in my age group. We were pretty spread out. First place: 6:10-26:30-23:30= 56 min.

Me- 7:59-28-24:30=1:02

However, I still know all the transition tricks. Even with clip in pedals vs. my competitors using shoes. I still beat them in transition by minimum 10 seconds. Over my 4th place competitor- 2 minutes in Transition.

Way to go Hammer gel, never used you guys before and it was great before I started the run.

Thank you Tri-Running Sports for the Tri-Suit it’s absolutely amazing Thank you!

Footloose

Had an amazing run this morning! I was only planning to go 6miles then swim with the group but was running with some great friends and thought, screw it I’m doing 10. Did the first 5 miles in 45 min. New PR. Ran the full 10 in 1:34. New PR. Great Run! I finally found the key to a great run and hear it is, are you ready? Are You Ready?

muscular hydration…

Muscular hydration, what I know about it atleast, is your muscles ability to not cramp due to being hydrated. It takes about a full week to achieve and will be lost as early as mile 15 of a marathon. Drinking atleast 2L of water per day is excellent!

Can’t wait for a 50 mile ride tomorrow morning. Starting at 7:30-ride with Tri-Running Sports to Bridge Road and back from Loggerhead. Then, turn around and do it again. 50/2=25miles however I believe Loggerhead to Bridge Road and back is 28 miles. 28*2=56 and 56=Half Iron Bike Distance….HooRaw!

Wind .

Got on the Allez today for a strenth session in the howlng winds of Jupiter Farms. Rode down the road with the wind nice and easy and came back into 20mph winds. It was a steady wind which is nice. I lowered the gear to the point where I was going 20mph on only 56rpm for 2 miles. Turned around rode the 2 miles back and did it again. Kinda like skiing down into a bowl and the only way out is to try and ski back up the mountain.

Officially registered for the Palm Beach Marathon on December 4th. I’d love to have all my friends come cheer me on but they all said they’d rather sleep in on a Sunday which I could’ve expected. I hope anybody reading this decides to come out and watch. I believe I’m the youngest person ever to register but not 100% sure.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to race in the Toyota Cup World Championship in October. I probably won’t which is a bummer. I’d rather go volunteer or just watch the Ford Ironman World Championship on October 8th. Get closer to all my idol athletes such as Chris McCormack, Chris Lieto, Andreas Raelert, and Craig Alexander. And also get closer to the race I dream to win someday.

Getting prepared for MiamiMan. My friend signed up to do his 3rd MiamiMan this year with me and I’m ultimately excited just to be in the race. I have one tough field tho in my age group. 3 other competitors for me, one of them, the guy who smoked me at Tri-Miami by 30 minutes. Some people are built for speed and not endurance so it’ll be interesting to see where I place next to all of them. None of us have done MiamiMan before according to previous results so I hope I’m the only one who already knows about the harsh winds on the bike 😛