Best Race to Date

I had one of those days where everything came together for me on the race course.  I finished 9th out of 36 in my age group and 66 out of 312 which doesn't seem very good considering I was 2nd in my age group at Grapevine, but in the end this was a better result for me as I had PRs in all the disciplines. My swim time was just out of this world for me.  I did the 300m swim in 5:34 which equates to 1:51/100m or 1:41/100y.  If you have followed this blog at all you will know that I am a 2:00/100y swimmer and to eclipse that by 19 seconds/100y is amazing.  I went into the swim thinking just be steady and you will do fine, and that is exactly what happened. During my warm-up I noticed that I was getting to the other side of the pool in under 1 minute and not pushing myself but just being steady and holding a consistent pace.  I took that into the race with me and as it turns out I had the best time I have ever had.  As a matter of face I wound up passing 1 person during the actual swim and at the end caught up to eventually passed 4 or 5 other people at the ladder as they looked around trying to figure out what to do next. I think there was a major benefit to doing the swim in a 50m pool as opposed to the training I do in a 25y pool.  I was nervous at first that I would not be accustomed to the breathing but in the end the longer distance of the pool allowed for a more relaxed and consistent pace. Once out of the water I ran, and actually pushed another competitor out of the way as he was walking non-chalantly out of the pool area.  I got to my bike and sort of lost where I was for about 10 seconds.  Didn't know whether or not to put on shoes first or helmet and sunglasses and then remebered to take a gel.  This cost me as my transition was 1:08 where it should be around :40 for a sprint tri. On the bike start you are going vertical after the mount line.  Some people ran their bikes to the top of the hill and started going, but I got on at the mount line and powered up the hill.  I put so much force into the pedal strokes that I lifted the front tire off the ground, but I was off and running. The course on the way out is downhill and flat with some uphills but nothing too difficult.  The turn around was such a joke.  They actually had you go into a parking lot, that for sure was not swept and probably had glass everywhere.  Then the radius inside of the parking lot was tight and then back out.  One thing about a turn around is it allows you to see where your competitors are.  I noticed a pack of about 5 going into the lot when I got out of it and I thought to myself I am not getting caught and put everything I had into riding out of that lot. The way in was much tougher as all those downhills became uphills.  The flats of course were the same but the uphills were much tougher.  At one point I passed another rider and then I saw his shadow right on my back tire and again I just started pedaling as hard as I could to get away and leave him behind.  I wound up catching quite a few riders and finished with an average speed of 19.2 MPH which is .2 MPH faster then the Disco Triathlon.  My new goal is to now hit 20.0 MPH on the bike and I think that is a feasible goal.  Leave it all on the course. My second transition was again slow at 1:01.  Again I think I could save about :15 here alone so that totals out to about :30 to :35 of lost time. Once on the run course I just found other competitors to catch and hopefully pass.  I felt strong but eventually got a cramp in my side but I brushed it off.  The run was on a golf course so there were some hills and eventually we got to one point that it seemed to just keep going up. Throughout the race I wanted to make sure I did not get chicked (DGC) and for almost the entire race that was what happened until about 1.5 miles to go in the run.  I got passed by a woman that I could never keep up with.  She not only passed me but blew by me and before long she was just a memory, but that did not stop me from continually pushing forward and trying to pass as many people as possible. In the end my run pace was 7:38min/mile which is even faster then Disco and pretty close to my all-time record for a 5K and that is without the swim and bike. I am very proud of my efforts today, but there are also a number of other people that I'm proud of. Juan turned in a time that put him 18th overall and 3rd in his age group.  Just a great all around triathlete and I'm very happy for him that he placed as that has been his goal this whole season. Robert had what he thought was a bad race but wound up finishing 70th overall.  Knowing that he felt like he could have done better makes me happy for him b/c he can and will do better. A new member to the tri-club is Karen's HS friend Craig.  This was his first tri ever and he did great.  For a guy who was first on a road bike two days ago he did amazing and I hope he continues to get out there with us. Today was just a great time with a great result which is going to lead to a great week in the job hunt for Karen and I.  As they say.....success brings more success and that is what I'm looking at. Tomorrow I have an appointment with a headhunter and then from there I am heading to the pool and then home for some serious job hunting and resume submissions. Here is to a tremendous week to you my readers.  Thank you.
Jason Bahamundi

About the Author:

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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