8 minutes faster from 2010 Ironman Oceanside 70.3 hurts.
I had a goal to go sub 6 hours for this race. Ironically my first 70.3 in Boise in 2008 was my best 70.3 to date 5:52.45. I know you can’t really compare races but know for other 70.3s I give in to walking too much. At Boise 70.3 I made a “no walk contract” with myself and held to it which is the tactic I took today.
Swim was comparable to other 70.3s I’ve done in the past five years. My age group wave was treated to a group of sea lions flirting with the spectators on the docks before we got in the water and then they followed us to the in water start buoys but fortunately I didn’t end up on any sea lion flippers during the swim!
I haven’t gone under 3 hours on the bike since Vineman 2011 so I tried to make sure I had a balance of not over biking (need legs for the run) but trying to improve my biking time. Maybe the guy that stood up on his bike on a downhill and took a pee which was spraying in the wind was a motivator to get me passing him quickly to improve my time:) When I passed him I said, “dude, all over me!”.
Running is not my strength but I continue to work on it and try to make progress. When I started the run I already had a right leg quad cramp but know from past experiences that it can pass so I trudged along, worked on nutrition/salt and dealt with it on and off during the run. I didn’t feel speedy but just did mental talk throughout the run and said “sub six equals no walking” so I just focused on one foot in front of the other and concentrated on a steady eddy pace. I did the math at each mile marker and knew if I didn’t walk I could make sub 6 hours. I jogged through the finish line with leg cramps at 5:55!
Thankful for my super fans hubby, Matt (who rocked his race!) and our dear friend Cathy who cheered us along all the way and gave me a lucky penny during the run to keep my spirits up. Thanks to everyone else that cheered me along even though I kept a game face and wasn’t interactive, I appreciated the encouragement!
Fortunate to be motivated and supported by Groove Tri teammates and our generous sponsors (Nuun too!)
Swim 36:37 (12th AG)
Bike: 2:57:49 (9th AG)
Run: 2:13:28 (20th AG)
Total time: 5:55:23
20th AG, 15 percentile in AG 40-44 (134 completed)
We are planning on signing up for Boise 70.3 this June so I guess I will have to target a 5:50 goal in 2.5 months!