Wire-to-Wire: PNW Sprint Champion
Great day of racing at the Budu Racing Five Mile Lake Triathlon and a bonus to have the event selected as the Pacific Northwest Sprint Championships. Five Mile Lake is event 1 of 3 for the weekend with Black Hills Triathlon and the SCCA/Starbucks Individual Time Trial at Pacific Raceways still to come. I’ll keep this one short and sweet.
The forecast was for rain this morning, there was rain this morning. We got a little bit of a break between showers to get things setup in transition, but other than that it pretty much rained right up until the beginning of the run. I went for the casually training approach on warm-up and did absolutely nothing, unless you count wading into the water with 30 seconds to go as a warm-up.
Swim: 5:39 (1st)
Rory started us out on our 1/4 mile swim, out, over, back. I rounded the 1st buoy about 10 yards back of first, just in front of third. I started to hit my rhythm about halfway to the second buoy closing the gap down to about 3 yards and by the time we hit the beach I was swimming just offset from the leaders waist. He wasn’t much of a transition runner though and I was out of the water quickly and into transition a bit ahead. It took me forever to get my wetsuit off as I went for the no body glide approach. Mistake.
Bike: 31:20 (1st) 306AP // XXXNP // 26.4mph
The bike was wet. Like standing water and pouring rain wet. It made some of the corners a little sketchy, but I just took it easy. No point risking injury on a local race. The first lap was a little sketch as none of the cops had the intersections shut down yet. Luckily I had a motorcycle to at least lead me through the intersections/red lights, but I heard that some of the fast riders behind be had close calls. I only had one, but it was more related to a car stopping to talk to the flaggers in a small roundabout and me having nowhere to go. Skidded to a stop about a half foot behind the car’s bumper after the motorcycle stopped in the 2 foot gap and only escape route to the inside of the car. Not fun. Power was a little tricky to keep up with the cautious turns, but it came around by the 2nd lap.
Run: 17:27 (5th *0.1mi short*) 5:48 min/mi
My run split will do. I lost about a minute on the fastest guy, but I likely would have been able to push harder with some competition/pressure. I had no one in sight even on the longish straight uphill. With that said, it is totally possible that pushing harder would have left me stopped with a side stitch as I was fighting it pretty hard. Nose breathing seems to keep it at bay for some odd reason.
Overall: 56:36 (1st) PNW Sprint Champion