10K in 52 min - 7 min over my PB - but I am happy....

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10K in 52 min - 7 min over my PB - but I am happy....

Postby casual-runner » Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:41 pm

...because this 10 K was done after 1500m of swimming and 40 km of cycling.

This was a fantastic weekend at Guelph. I did this Olympic Distance Triathlon last year. A few reasons to be happy about:

- My Total Immersion style wasn't fast but I was fresh after 1500 meters.

- I did Muskoka 70.3 course four times for the four consecutive days starting last Saturday, total 400 km and added 100 km ride on Thursday, despite tired legs I had a solid bike ride today - 36.8 km/h average, faster than last year (34.4 km/h) although on a different bike.

- Improved my total time by almost two minutes. Last year: 2:41:04 this year: 2:39:25

- 5 km from the finish of the run I saw Joe Hewitt he was running in opposite direction towards the first turning point. He was approximately 2 minutes behind me with 6 km to go. We said hi and I knew from the look on his face that Joe wants to beat me. For me the small mini race started.
I swim with Joe for more than a year in the same pool. He used to be a swimming coach and is a very experienced triathlete. Last year we were running together for a while at ITT 32 km run, than I accelerated to the front but he passed me in the last few km. I wanted to beat him today. I had a better swim time and bike time, I lost some time in transitions ( this is my weakest point), but I was still in front with 5 km to go. I did quick calculations and determined that if I push hard on this hot day I should reach the finish first. I had to recalculate when I saw him after the second turn around - he was closing the distance fast, but I started to push hard.
It wasn't enough... 500 meters to finish Joe passed me with a smile, while saying 'hi' with distinct tone of a voice meaning 'I am a winner again today'. He saw me for the last few hundred meters as he was closing on me, moving slowly like molasses and thinking that I am beaten, but I wasn't. I was able to hold on for a few hundred meters, I have matched Joe's speed and I was able to accelerate in the last 50 meters passing surprised Joe, and reaching the finish first :) (3 seconds ahead of Joe)
* note - Joe competes in 55-59 age category and placed 3rd :clap: ( I am in 45-49 and placed 24th :evil: )

- for the firs time in my racing history I won random award. It was just a concentrated lemon juice in a wine bottle, I had a choice but not much was left when my name came - watter bottle and socks.

So this what supposed to be just a training event turned into a race, shows me that I have to change a few things:
- speed up transitions
- I had my water in the front of the bike but I couldn't use the fuel bottle with Infinit, as it was stuck really hard in the new holder on the frame. Actually after a fight, I removed the bottle once for a moment but put it back in as I reached the top of the hill and wanted to go fast on the downhill.

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I am there:

run before the second loop:

no RM orange suit but at least orange helmet:

run course map:

pizza after the race:
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Postby VeloCarrie » Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:55 pm

Congratulations! :D
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Postby JSmitty » Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:18 pm

Way to go Wesley, awesome work.

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Postby Marg » Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:25 pm

Nice!!! :clap:
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:26 pm

Nice work.
I still wish you were doing K-Town this year 8) :roll:
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Jun 21, 2009 5:47 pm

congrats on the PB! your hard work is paying off!
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Postby AlfiefromPickering » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:31 pm

Well done Wesley!!
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Postby richie-rich » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:50 pm

way to go! today was not an easy day to run, never mind swimming and biking. 2 minute improvement over last year is huge. you gonna come kick out butts at egg nog this year???

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Postby West Grey Runner » Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:01 pm

I love a race in a race, way to beat Joe!

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Postby Doonst » Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:03 pm

Good stuff Wes, nice way to finish!
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Postby trixiee » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:39 am

Very nice, Wesley!

That's amazing mileage on the bike! WOW!

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Postby HCcD » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:44 am

Congratulations, Wesley .. well done :clap::clap:

And, that bike split is sure one heck of a smokin' time and average speed :shock: :P
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Postby दिवंगत » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:41 am

That's a nice race you put together there Wesley, particularly the ride! You are definitely well on your way to a smokin' race in Huntsville in September!

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Postby ratherBrunning » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:10 pm

Great job Wesley!! Solid improvement over last year--well done! 8) :D

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Postby Robbie-T » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:25 pm

Great report Wes, way to dig deep.
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Postby Darth Tater » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:10 pm

Way to go on beating Joe! Great race and report.
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Postby horselady » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:55 am

As always your write a great report! I love reading them.
Congratulations on the improvement over last year and particularily your bike speed!! WOOT!
Of course sweet to beat your friend I am sure... 8)
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Postby blank » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:03 am

Very impressive Wesley!

Wow, your bike time is smokin'!


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Postby cgraham » Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:33 am

Great job holding off Joe at the end there. Very impressive finish.
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Postby Hermes » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:32 pm

Congrats on the two-minute PB! Impressive finish, bearing down on the "enemy" (even if he is your friend!) :lol:

Very entertaining report, pics and all!

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Postby UltraQueenga » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:48 pm

Congrats on a great performance! A PB is always a nice reward for the hard work you've put in.
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Postby ABXF » Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:07 pm

I think perhaps the bike course was shorter this year and closer to 40 km?
See e.g. sportstats and Larry's report

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Postby Lightning » Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:37 pm

Nice job, and congrats on the bike time!!! Hope to see you around B-town one of these days.
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