Monday, October 3, 2011

Muncie Powerman Olympic Triathlon

October 1, 2011 - Muncie, IN - 2nd place in age group. Missed 1st place by 3 seconds.  Third age group award for the tri season.   

The weather was 41 degrees with strong winds.  The water temperature was a chilly 61 degrees that forced the race director to mandate wetsuits.

Due to the dangers of hypothermia and the whitecap waves in the Olympic 1500m swim was reduced to 400m for all participants.  The swim was like no other.  I have not witnessed so many swimmers at the end of the tri season needing help from the kayaks and getting pulled into the safety boat. 

After the 4 1/2 minute swim it was a long run to transition to dry off and put on the winter gear for the bike.  The temp was still around 45 with gusting winds.  I had to wear gloves and a light jacket on the bike to keep from becoming a popsicle.  The two loop bike course had some rolling hills and was very windy. Averaged 20.8 for the 25 miles and consider that an improvement.  

Experienced an abdominal cramp in T2 while bending over to change my shoes that brought me to a stand still for at least a minute before going forward.  The run, similar to last year, started with completely numb feet for the first 1.5 miles.  Finished with a 7:53/mi 10k.  Definitely have room for improvement at the olympic distance. 

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