I'm actually feeling pretty good. Calves and hams still tired and twingy. Nearly cramped them just sitting in one position too long at work today. Looking forward to an acupuncture appointment on Friday. I should have been smarter and made the appointment last week. I'm going to head downstairs in a few minutes and put my feet up some more.
I'm still happy about results for GWN, and I'm happy knowing I can be faster still. Maybe not 45 minutes faster for a half, but I think a good chunk. Let's see if I can summarize the the results to save you having to find me in the results here.
Place overall 425 of 646
Place age group 53 of 82
Rank water overall 178
Rank water AG 13
Time water 36:16
Rank off the bike overall 334
Rank off the bike age group 40
Bike split 2:54:07
Rank run overall 527
Rank run age group 65
Run split 2:26:06
Overall time 6:01:20
When I look at the numbers, thats my slowest run in some time, but it wasn't so long ago that running a 7 min K pace was doing really well. I'm not sure why my hams were semi-cramped. I don't think I made a major goof on nutrition, since I was in a pretty good mood all the way along. Let's see. Good breakfast. Pre swim a Gu (the chocolate mint is a winner!) and a banana. On the bike, 1.5 Clif bar, 3 endurolyte pills, 1.5 bananas, 1 Gu, 1.3 bottles of energy drink, and a bottle of water. The run was 3 Gu's, a couple slices of orange, some flat coke (which tasted gross the last time and I'm glad I was near the finish). I paid pretty close attention to the slosh factor during the bike. It was a cool day so my hydration was down, but I don't think I broke into a sweat at all on the bike.
Linda really enjoyed herself as well, which is good. She dropped me off and had the day to herself, then met me at the finish line. I can't really blame her. Much as I like doing triathlons I have to admit they aren't exactly a spectator friendly sport unless you know lots of people, and the athletes are doing lots of loops. We basically bombed in on Saturday afternoon just in time for package pickup, and bailed out right after my massage to visit friends in Edmonton. Or rather, for me to visit their shower. Rob and Kate are dear people we've known for many years now, and we love to visit, but what I really wanted was their shower. Sorry guys. The nibblies were wonderful.
Here's some random photos from the last little while that I've finally got around to getting out of the camera.
I've talked to some people about doing a mini T-camp down at Chain Lakes Provincial park. It's about half way between where me and Julie live. The idea is to set up transition, do a swim, T1, ride maybe 10 K on highway 22, T2, then a short run. Set up transition again, and do it all over. Again. As often as desired. Then eat some well earned BBQ. There's a problem with it though. The actual transition from water to shore is a bitch. This is the best spot I found. By far. Everywhere else needs a small ladder. Everything looks pretty good.
Here's me, Jason, and Cath waiting for the Wasa start. No Kelly, that's not a glass of wine. But I admit the similarities to the cardboard cutout you suspect are uncanny.
And here's me on the run during Wasa. Way in the distance in the red jersey.
Some rainbows just because they're pretty.
As I mentioned, the GWN swag bag was great! It had 2 big containers of vitamin supplements, a bunch of Hammer gels, the endurolytes that came in so handy on the bike, lots of promo materials, the race essentials of number tag and T bags and a huge map, plus the shirt. It fits quite well. Here's a photo of the logo on it, and the finisher medal.