Sunday, July 10, 2011

Record heat, record time at Mudwater

On a day that started out already at 85 degrees and saw a new record high in Wichita of 112 we were pretty much doomed to sweat it out at this years Mudwater. This is the Kansas River Valley Triathlon Club's annual race which I must say does a tremendous job putting it on each year.
Myself and two other competitors made our way around the 2 lap, 1500yd, swim course in just over 19min. I moved into first through transition and headed out for the rectangular, 39k bike loop. Although it was warming up quickly it was a pretty calm day and I decided to push the bike despite potentially putting myself in a state of bother during the run. I came back into T2 with a 55min bike split and a 5min lead over second. On the run I handled the heat fairly well thanks to being fairly well acclimated by this point in our unusually hot summer. However, less than a mile in, I developed  a stomach cramp that would last for the remainder of the race. I'm not sure the cause but will hope that never happens again. I cruised it around limiting the damage with a 40min final leg for a 1.55.53 course record time. Congrats to all my fellow KSRVTC club members.
This week begins my peak training for Des Moines. Next race is Rock N' Route Sprint in Derby first weekend in August.
Another week ahead in the triple digits...stay cool out there.

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