Honolulu Triathlon Recap
May 14, 2017. I woke up in plenty of time, 0’Dark AM. For a short time, I wanted to go back to sleep; the sheets were calling my name! I resisted and got ready. Breakfast, if you can it that, was liquid form, jogged a mile before leaving the condo, checked my gear, got in car the car and started to head out, had go back to the condo because I forgot the race number, and finally, I left at 4:45 AM. I was planning to leave at 4…
I arrived there on time, but not enough time to warm up swimming. Oh, well… I kept on telling myself it was okay, that I made it, and I’m doing it for stroke survivors! It also help that I ran across a fellow stroke survivor who was doing it.
Swim Portion: I had purposed to take my swim nice and easy, and I did, and I recorded 30:22. 1500 meters along side other participants is, well, interesting. Swimming is a non-contact sport, right? Not when you’re in a triathlon! Gratefully, nobody swam over me (I did, though… Sorry), but I did have put up with many arms and legs.
Transition One: This is where with I had throw off my speed suit covering up my tri suit, rinse my feet after running through sand, drink, and get on my bike. An abysmal 6:26.
Bike Portion: This one I was most curious about. As you may already know, the bike portion is my weakest. I kept a good pace without killing myself, I didn’t crash (and I didn’t have anyone crash into me), and I did 40 km in 1:14:55, a 20 mph average. A noted improvement!
Transition Two: This is where I rack my bike, change of out biking shoes into my running shoes. The brace keeps it slow for me, and that’s okay. But I had trouble putting on my shoes. 6:09.
Run portion: I kept telling myself a take it easy until the last half of the 10 km run, I am did that mostly. I started with 11:35 for the first mile, 9 something for the next 4 miles, and 8:46 for the last mile. Other that the first mile, I’m happy that. 58:43 was my run time.
So, I finished with 2:56:35, and I was glad because I set my time to break 3 hours, even though it was a flat course. I got 463 place out of over 1300 participants, and 18/38 place for my division. Clearly, I’m improving and I have room to grow!
Next Up: Ironman 70.3 Hawaii (Honu), June 3. This is a half Ironman consisting of 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 run. It will be tough because the hills on the bike ride, a half marathon, plus the heat. I did it before, barely making the bike cut off time. We’ll see!
Stroke Survivors CAN!