Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tuesday night bike time trial

I did my best time at the Tuesday night 8 mile bike time trial last night. The conditions were very good, almost no wind. My time was 17:32, average speed of 27.4 mph. So things are looking good for the triathlons coming up, at least on the bike. My training buddy Jon also did his best time (18:14.9), so it was a good night for the team "Lost faculties".

Results of 8 mile bike time trial
(I'm 2nd place)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wool capital triathlon

I did the 2008 Wool Capital Triathlon in San Angelo yesterday. It was a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. I really like this race - it has a nice open water swim, scenic bike route, and the run is on what the race director calls "the dirt road from hell". This is a dusty road with no shade, hills, and not very good footing. So the 10K run times tend to be a bit slow.

I finished 2nd overall, and was the first masters (over 40) finisher. My swim was good, bike was surprisingly good, and run was a little slow. So I guess I could work on my running a bit more before the half-iron races that I plan to do in September and October. My total time of 2:10:31 was a minute faster than the last two years, so that was encouraging. The bike course was windy this year, I was 32:10 at the 20K mark on the bike with a headwind, and came back in 27:59 with a tailwind.

Results, 2008 Wool Capital Triathlon (I'm 2nd place)

A photo of me starting out on the bike appeared in the San Angelo local newspaper. Clicking on the picture enlarges it enough to make the text readable.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Texas state championship - 40K bike time trial

I did a bicycle race! It was the Texas state time trial championship, which was a 40K race in Pattison TX (near Houston). There were several hundred riders, all starting individually at 30 second intervals. It was a mostly flat out-and-back course, with a few small hills, and a fair amount of wind. I was hoping to finish under one hour, but I surprised myself and finished in 57:25, which was good enough for 2nd place in the Men's 50-54 age group.

Here are the results for the 50-54 age group:

Link to Results Men's 50-54
(I'm 2nd place)

And here is a link to the complete results for all riders: All results.

I was surprised to see that my time would have ranked among the top cat3 riders. I really like this time-trial riding!

PS - Craig Prejean Sports took pictures, and here are a few of me. The first one is just after the start, and the last two are approaching the finish. I go for the bright colors to be visible to cars.