I missed hardware by ONE minute THREE seconds. This is the kind of thing triathletes obsess about. When I left the race I was happy with my swim, OK with my bike and disappointed in my run. I knew I finished 4th and I wasn’t incredibly disappointed until I realized I missed 3rd by 1:03. I woke up Monday morning haunted, it was the first thing that came to my mind and stayed with me all day. I should have found that minute.
It’s not all doom and gloom. Here are my pace numbers for Bridgeland by year:
2009 – Swim 2:47/100, Bike 16.67 mph, Run 14:13 pace
2010 – Swim 2:17/100, Bike 18.26 mph, Run 12:44 pace
2011 – Swim 1:59/100, Bike 18.85 mph, Run 12:38 pace
My goal for the run was to perform during the race the way I do in training. I wanted 11:45 pace. I am slow, that is for sure but I am getting faster, not fast, but faster ever so slowly. I can swim faster than this, bike faster than this and certainly run faster than this but the key is can I do them as fast as I can all in a row on a specific date and time?
It is nice to be able to look at the same race three years in a row and compare the numbers. It is not exactly apples to apples, the run course has gotten a little longer each year but it is as close as you can get when racing the same race. The weather is always the same HOT and HUMID, the only variable is the wind which we had more of this year. It wasn’t bad but after the second U-turn I definitely felt it.
In other more exciting news I was one of three triathletes profiled in Cy-Fair magazine, pretty darn cool.