MadTrippin

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Recruiting More Triathletes

Posted by madtrippin on January 24, 2009

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, it’s pretty clear that since doing my first tri last summer… I’m hooked.  I’m planning to do 4-6 tris and a duathlon next summer, as well as a few 5 and 10Ks as well.

I’ll take credit for coming up with the idea of doing the tri with one of my friends and he talked his brother into doing it with us.  They’re hooked now too.  His family came and watched the race.  Since then, his sister, brother-in law, father and wife have all decided to give next year’s Chaska tri a try.

I’m sure they won’t all stick with it, but this is why Triathlon is one of the fastest growing growing sports out there.  Plus it really requires very little investment to get started and those who have the drive to do one are usually driven to more.

You also don’t have to worry about being the rookie.  About 40% or 50% of the people there are new to the sport.  There are also a lot of people there that aren’t really competing to win – they just love to race.  Plus… those who are looking to win are very supportive and definitely don’t look down on newbies.  In fact it’s the opposite.

If you’re thinking about doing a tri but aren’t quite sure… drop me a line.  I’ll talk you into it.

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No Hudson Triathlon for Me

Posted by madtrippin on August 25, 2008

I’ve decided not to do the Triathlon in Hudson, WI next weekend.  I’ve gone almost two weeks without training due to having my parents in town from Florida and the acquisition of a puppy.  I’m still not all that confident in the swim, so I’ll just wait till next season to resume racing.  Swimming a couple times a week over the winter should really help me improve.

I am, however, still going to get in a couple of 5 and/or 10ks in.  I’ll be signing up for this year’s Turkey Trot in Chaska for sure, as my wife and kids have expressed interest.

I need to get back into the habit of working out.  I’m actually a little disappointed in myself for letting the workouts slide so badly.  I don’t think I’ll be going back to the 5 day a week format I was doing before and a couple weeks after the Chaska tri, but I think 3 days a week is doable until next tri season nears.

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Choosing My Second Triathlon

Posted by madtrippin on July 28, 2008

I want to do another tri before the season is over, but I’m feeling the need to get more training in (especially on the swim).  I also wanted a week off from the 5-6 workout per week routine I was doing coming up to the Chaska Tri.  Last week I only trained 2 days – 4 mile run, followed by weight training and a 10 mile bike through the same crazy hill country the Chaska tri went through.

I’ve tenatively made up my mind… I’m thinking I’ll be entering the St. Croix Valley Sprint Triathlon in Hudson, WI – slated for August 30th.  It’s another 1/3 mile swim, only 10 mile bike and 4 mile flat course run.  This will give me enough time to improve my swim so that I should be able to rock the comparitively easy bike and run portions.

I don’t think my boys – Ben and Michael – wouldn’t be accompanying me on this one, so I’ll be going it alone.  Michael lives out of state and Ben has a bum ankle that he was nursing all through training before the Chaska tri.  I’ll still have my family posse there though.

On a not-so-sidenote… Andy – a fellow tri’er (FAR more experienced than myself) – finished the Chisago Lakes Half Iron Triathlon in 6th place overall and 1st in his age group.  Congrats.

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Post First Triathlon Summary

Posted by madtrippin on July 19, 2008

So I’m back from the race.  I had a great time.  By that I don’t mean I was the fastest.  Not even close, but it was a lot of fun.  Here are my splits:

Swim 16:06
T1 2:02
Bike 57:52
T2 1:21
Run 28:08
Overall place – 182 out of 325

Not exactly the performance I was hoping for, but what are you gonna do.  My overall time was 1:45:27, which pretty much falls at the tail of my 1:30 to 1:45 prediction.

The thing that surprised me was my bike and run times.  I really thought I would do better on those.  The swim was harder than I thought.  I had a game plan of 200 meters of crawl, 200 meters of breast stroke and then the last 200 crawl (with maybe a little sidestroke when necessary). 

The lake was glass calm and plenty warm.  The plan started out well with about 150 meters of decent crawl.  I was actually in the mix for a short time.  Being in the pile was crazy with all the waves and legs and arms were crazy.  I got kicked in the head and got a little freaked out.  I immediately went to the sidestroke to try and get back into it.  For some reason, I couldn’t get into the breast stroke, so side stroke it was.  Unfortunately, I use a lot of legs in side stroke and by the time I got to my bike, my legs were feeling it. 

16 minutes is about as good as I could have expected.  I may need professional help with my swimming before my next tri.  That’s right, I’m doing another at some point.

My transition time was pretty good.  Michael was just finishing up T1 and heading out on his bike.  I got going pretty well, but I just didn’t train enough on the bike.  I used to race and kind of neglected biking too much.  I was great on flats and decents.  I don’t think I ever got passed in either scenario by anyone other than the obvious serious triathletes.  It was the hills that got me.  I’d make up a ton of ground on other riders until i was getting to the top of the hills.  I also made quite a few passes on corners.  I just booked through and cut to the inside.  It seemed like a lot of people tried to respect the lanes.  That’s crazy when the roads are blocked off.

The final decent is steep and I kicked in the afterburners.  I passed a load of people on the hill and in the turn just at the bottom of the hill.  I was in top gear (14) and out of the saddle coming into T2. 

I hopped off the bike and holy brick.  I shuffled like an old man to my area and hung up the bike and dumped the helmet.  I didn’t have to change shoes, so I took a drink and was on my way.  Despite my slow pace, I did 1:21.

The beginning of the run is a 1 mile uphill that nearly killed me.  I’m a little ashamed, but I did stop and walk for a little bit in the middle.  the middle mile is flat and the last mile is downhill.  I motored coming down and passed a few people.  In the last stretch I got my sprint on and cruised by a couple of people to finish strong.

Michael and Ben both beat me.  They actually crossed the line almost side-by-side.  They both did 23 minute 5ks.  Not too shabby at all.  I think my weak swim and less than adequate bike training killed my run.  No big deal.  I’m happy to have completed my first triathlon and am already looking forward to the next one.  Now I feel like I have a better grasp on what I’ll need to do to be better prepared.

The Chaska River City Days tri was very well done.  The organization was excellent and the athletes themselves were awesome.  Everyone is super supportive and actually the better athletes encourage you as they’re passing you on the run and bike.  A good time was had by all.

I guess now I’m allowed to say I’m a triathlete.  Pretty cool.

Interesting side notes… the women’s overall winner was 50 years old.  And… They started the swim waves from typically slowest age groups to the groups that are typically fastest.  I was in the 25-34 wave and we were second to last.  The last group was the 35-44 men.  That tells you something… being young doesn’t mean you’re going to have an advantage.  That being said… the overall men’s winner was 21.

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Last Day Before the Triathlon

Posted by madtrippin on July 18, 2008

So here we are… tomorrow is the big day.  Am I starting to get a little nervous?  Sure.  It’s really excitement not fear, although we did look at last year’s results and found some of our estimated times to be not as good as we were thinking.  Really more of a matter of overestimating our times.  Some of those people put in some crazy times.  I think the winner did it in something like 1:02?

I really believe I can do this in 1:30 – 1:45.  Sounds like a big gap, but I really have no idea how I’ll perform outside of training.  After my last training swim last night, I’m thinking I may be able to put up a decent time.  At least better than the goal of a sub-20 minute performance I was thinking I’d put in.

I’m feeling like my bike time is something of a question mark.  I do feel confident about my cycling, but I never really timed myself over any specific distance, so I’m not really sure of my attainable time.  I did ride every section of the route as part of my training runs and feel like I should be able to put in some good pace.  I’m hoping for an average speed in the 19 or 20 mph range.  I always ride faster when there are other riders out there too.  I feel compelled to keep my pace up.

I feel very confident on the run.  I was able to put in low 25 minute 5k times pretty consistently during training, which I’ve been told would be a decent 5k time for a first time 5k runner.  I’m hoping for something in that area, although that may be tough after the swim and bike.  I’ve set a goal of 27 minutes for the run, but who knows considering all events in succession.  Or maybe I’ll get a good burst during the run.  

I have visions of me making some dramatic passes coming down the monster hill towards the finish line.  In training I always try and finish my runs with some punch, so I’m hoping to have some juice left at the end and look solid crossing the line.

Good, bad or average… I’ll post my results tomorrow.  There’s no shame in my game.

AND… I’d like to say congrats to my brother Gabe and his girlfriend… correction – fiance Malika.  I’m happy for you bro-ham.

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Less Than 4 Weeks Till the Big Event

Posted by madtrippin on June 25, 2008

Better late than never…

I started running almost 5 months ago.  In Minnesota, February is cold and nasty, so I started on a treadmill at the community center.  I found this to be extremely boring.  Although I hadn’t been all that physically active (I had zero cardio) for a while and have always disliked running for the sake of running, I quickly came to realize the biggest challenge was mostly mental.

I’d always thought it would be cool to do a triathlon – I was really into cycling from the time I was a kid through college.  Lacking motivation to continue to work out, I decided to do the local Chaska River City Days Tri. 

Not wanting to go it alone, I mentioned it to my friend Ben and he was on board with zero sales pitch – impressive.  The next thing you know, his brother was in and Team Triple H was formed.  We’re all first time Tri-ers.

Here are the Chaska Sprint Tri race stats:

  1. 1/3 mile swim in the tiny clay hole lake in Chaska
  2. 16 mile bike through the countryside from Chaska to Victoria and back – mixed hills
  3. 3.11 (5K) run up hwy 41 and back – 1st mile has a pretty crazy grade uphill

At present date, I’ve been running or cycling and doing some weight training at least 3 times a week for nearly 5 months.  Much of that has been indoor, but I’m getting my fair share on the street.  I’m turning in respectable 1st timer 5K times at around 24 minutes and my cycling is definitely no concern.  The swimming is what’s worrying me.

Seeing that it was so short, I’ve neglected the swimming pretty badly.  Today was my first training swim.  1/3 of a mile is short… right?  It’s not far – only 10 laps of the pool – but it’s also not that easy, even with a solid cardio base.  I swam for 35 minutes today (I’m now following a training routine I saw on beginnertriathlete.com).  I’m impressed that I was able to do it, and disappointed now that I know this will be my worst event.  I haven’t left myself much time to improve upon my terribly inefficient form.  Such is life.

Despite the swimming, I’m pretty pumped up.  I’ve been watching videos and reading articles online and feel that I know what to expect.  I do have some gear that I still need to pick up.  I’ve got some tri shorts from Aevero coming (great deal on ebay), new shoes this week to break in before the big show, new rubber for the bike along with a tune and maybe a few other bobbles.

This weekend I’ll be doing my first open water swim with a transition to the bike. 

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