Cape Girardeau Steamboat Classic 2010
Triathlon season is finally here! Last Sunday I did the Cape Girardeau Steamboat Classic Triathlon, which consisted of a 450 meter pool swim, 15.5 mile bike and a 5 mile run. Naturally, all of these events ended with me being wet.
Storms blew through the St. Louis area late Saturday night and I had hoped that all would be clear by 9 AM on Sunday morning. We left home at 6 and headed south to Cape. I could see clearing off in the distance and by the time we were setting up transition, the sun was shinning. Sweet! Well, that didn’t last long. Fortunately, it was a drizzle, but as soon as we got out of the pool the rain had started again. This wasn’t my first rodeo. (here, here, and here) Weather conditions: 58 degrees and rain.
The swim was a serpentine 450 meter swim in a 50 meter pool. The pool that I typically swim at is a small 25 yard pool. FYI – 50 meters is a long way. This pool also had a serious deep end and I could feel the difference at that end of the pool. I started off fine and flew down the first 50 meters. Made it back for the first lap, but then started to tire quickly. I 1) didn’t warm up and 2) started out way to fast. I had to mix in some breaststrokes just to get through the swim. I wasn’t pleased with my performance here and have some work to do before my Olympic distance open water swim in a few weeks. Swim time: 10:03:50.
After a short barefoot jog to the transition area, a failed BG test or two, I was off on the bike. Transition 1 time: 2:43:60. Just awful.
The bike course was tough and despite the elevation chart, the biggest and most challenging hills were after mile 11. I hit the bike hard and had a good ride. I’m really enjoying cycling and see much more of it in my future. Bike time: 49:13:65. Very happy with this time.
Back at the transition area, I did a little bit better job getting out on the run. I waited to test out on the course, so that saved me some time. T2 time: 1:22:30. Not good, but better… for me.
Now here’s where I got frustrated. I was unable to test my BG during the run. My OneTouch Ultra Mini that I normally love was returning nothing but Error 2’s. I’m fairly certain that these errors were caused by the damp conditions, but neither my meter or the test strips got wet. I guarantee it. I kept the meter and the strips in a ziploc bag. They never came out. I have had this happen during the humid summer months and would have to remove and re-insert the strip a few times to get it to work. I tried a number of times during the run, but it never worked on this day.
This is UNACCEPTABLE.
I had to rely on past experience and go with how I felt, which is often quite difficult. At times when running, a high is tough to distinguish from a low. Going into the swim I was at 170. Given nerves, a quick high intensity swim, and being off the pump for about 30 minutes, I was 177 before the bike. I drink a G2 on the bike, so factoring this all in, I placed myself a little high. So, I no GUs for me on the run and I would just take water at the aid stations. I started off the run a little sluggish, but feeling pretty good and by the end of the 5 miles I felt great. I didn’t push it at all. Just kept a good pace. Run time: 42:48:50.
Finish time: 1:46:11
Finish BG: 89 <–I was right.
Despite the conditions and my failed meter, I had a great race and a really good day. Hats off the the race organizers. Great job and the post-race meal was perfect!
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