I enjoyed my second year at the Salty Dog by posting a new course record of 50.18, about 1 minute faster than last year. This was comfortably about 7 1/2 minutes ahead of second. I also had the fastest of each discipline 400 Swim = 5.33, 10M Bike = 25.15, 5k Run = 17.44. Always extra pleased to get that swim.
As always I pushed the swim to see where I was at, rode steady but hard on the bike, and then just cruised the run in since I was training through this race and had a fairly hard run workout coming up on Monday I wanted to be ready for. I continue to be pleased with my swim times dropping and look forward to testing it in open water again at Branson. Since it was a pleasant day and I was in need of some additional biking for the weekend I went ahead and rode home following the race to get an additional 40 miles in. Even enjoyed some of the first rain we'd had in weeks near home.
I will not be racing again until Branson and will be using the next few weeks to finish my final season build to sharpen my training for Branson and the US Open.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I walked in following my run on Saturday thinking this one will be interesting. It seems that even with this many races on my schedule they're never routine. I had just finished what would normally be an easy 2 mile day before run that ended up with me having to walk within the first mile and walk/jog it home due to extreme discomfort in my chest and back. I was fighting off some bug that had declared war on my body and this was the first attempt at a run in several days. Amazingly my pre-race run the next morning felt good and my hopes were renewed that I could still race the entire distance. From there it was mostly routine minus the energy the bug had stolen. I pushed the swim and bike just in case I was unable to run well but in the end settled in for a comfortable 3 mile run around the lake. This race had not disappointed last year with the prizes and this year I was awarded a very nice garmin 305 watch for the win. To top it off I won a road ID certificate in the door prizes and wouldn't you know it today I got a call from the on site masseuse who I had made use of and found out I won the free massage as well. I will definitly be cashing that in between branson and the US Open. Next up is the Salty Dog in Hutchinson, Sat. Aug 14th. A good spectator course if you're looking for something to do at 7am on a Saturday :).