Last Saturday I completed my first official Olympic distance triathlon (1.5km Swim, 40km Bike, 10k Run) – the Big Rock Tri at Lake Perris. Here’s my report…
Great weather and the water was warmer then I expected. I still wore a wetsuit as I need all the help I can get in the swim. I started out wide of the main group and did pretty good staying on course and not getting kicked. My goal for the swim was to swim the whole way and not freak out. I met that goal but now I need to work on swimming faster. I wasn’t the last out of the water but I wasn’t in the main pack either. The run to the transition area was tough - it’s up hill and mostly on rough sand / rocks. But I did pretty good getting out of the wetsuit and on to the bike.
The bike course is 2 loops with a small hill at the start of the lap and a big hill at the end of each lap. I felt good on the 1st lap and it seemed like I was catching some guys in my age group. I took a gel and some cytomax on the 1st lap and powered up the big hill passing few bikers that decided to walk. My plan was to take another gel on the 2nd lap but I didn’t as my stomach felt a little funny. I probably drank too much lake water. I actually took my feet out of my shoes while still on the bike for the first time in a race and had a fast transition to the run.
Everyone I talked to said the run felt long and I agree. It was mostly flat but I had a hard time getting any speed till about the 2 mile mark. Then my legs started cramping so I had to slow down a little but kept going and finished strong. I finished 6th in my age group and faster then my personal goal so I’m happy but know I can do better.
Here are some things I’m going to work on….
- Swimming faster
- Keeping my bike cadence up during the 2nd half of the bike
- Running faster off the bike
- Really kicking-it at the end of the run