Also, before I get into race 1, since my last blog, I now am married and have a 7 and 9 year old added as my family. Jen and I have another one on the way in August (going to be a hot summer for my wife :( ). Tha being said I am determined to show people out there with the right balance in life, you can accomplish anything. 5 Years ago I was single and training 18 hrs a week. For this race I trained 5-7 hrs a week. For my next race I will train 6-8 hrs a week. The best part, I felt great in this race and had a PR on the bike! Its all about having the right training plan to get you ready.
For this race which was small in distance but very competitive, I felt like I was toeing the line to compete with the best.
Swim 300yds: 12th Fastest (4.11min including getting out of the pool and running past the pad)
I took some time away from my swim training to focus on my bike/run in the winter. It showed since this was the first race in a while I was not top 10 in the swim. I still was happy with it since I new not alot of time could be gained here but if I used too much energy I sure can lose time later on.
Bike 9miles : 15th Fastest (23.3mph)
This one excites me. Training did pay off and I probably did 3-5 hrs less training then my competitors on the bike but I believe I did it right. Last year, I never had a top 15 bike split. This time, a friend of mine caught me around mile 3 on the bike. I then was able to stay 3 bike lengths behind him for the rest of the race. He ended up having the 4th fastest bike split. That tells me that for 6 miles I was one of the best cyclist out there.
Run 5k : 7th Fastest1(18.48 (6.03 per mile pace)
Mixed Feelings. Right when I got off the bike, my lefft calf cramped. I have had this happen before and if it continued I would be walking because it is a nasty cramp. However, it did not. I was able to pick it up and the back part of the out and back felt good. I ran down 2 guys on the run but other than that, pretty flat and quiet run.
This race was a staggered start. That means everyone did not start at the same time. You started roughly 15-25secs apart. This hurt because 4th place was 34secs ahead of me. However, with how we started I could see no one ahead of me. While that is a bummer, its a lesson that I am racing against the clock not others.
After that, my amazing wife and kids were there to hug me and ready to have fun in Wilmington. USS Battleship and the beach were on tap. Thankful for their cheers for sure and so blessed to have them in my life.
As for this post, I am sitting on the front porch swing with coffee, hearing the birds sing in the early morning and watching Tucker chase squirrels and cats. Life is soo Good, and God is sooo Good!
20 weeks until Gabriel is born :)
|The Garage of our pad. Pops always taught me to have a clean garage|
|I believe our neighbor told us this is a Saucer Magnolia tree. Jen and I love seeing from our kitchen window|
|Who would have thought on 3/12/16 the kids would be playing in the ocean on a hot day.|
|Glad we wont see this for another year!|
|Told you I was writing this from the front porch swing! Cheers.|