Race of the weekend #1: It’s not about the distance…

How many times have I heard, “I’m just doing a short triathlon- its a sprint, not those crazy hard ones that you do!”

I can tell you that the distance of the race shouldn’t matter on how “hard” it is.  If you’re racing easy…. you’re really “racing” are you?  I know there are a lot of events where the joy is just in finishing, I totally get that (not that I’ll ever be able to race like that lol).  But if you’re going to say a sprint triathlon isn’t “hard”, you’re wrong.

This morning I raced my first of 2 triathlons this weekend. Today, Saturday, I did a sprint triathlon, and tomorrow morning I’ll be doing the Olympic.

This was the first sprint tri I’d done in about 2 years!  I’ve been focusing on so many longer races that I didn’t want to “sacrifice” a training day to do the sprint. I look at that in a new light now, since after today’s race, I won’t lie, I was pretty tired- in a “I really just pushed myself” kind of way.

But the difference is in intensity- you have a lot shorter distance to go meaning you can expend the same amount of energy, just in much shorter amount of time.

I finished todays race 14th overall of 127 racers and finished 3rd in my age group. My time was a 1:07 something but the run was only 2.8 miles… HOWEVER- there was at least a .31 mile run from the water to the transition area, so I actually think my overall time is pretty accurate.

 

Picture from the tri a month ago that I finally got! Probably looks the same though, ha

My focus on this race was just to smash the entire time and see what I could do!  My swim was… well, I’m still working on it lol. I average about 22 mph on the bike- the course was pretty flat, a little headwind at some points.  I’ll be doing the same course double tomorrow so I’m glad I know it now.

On the run I averaged about 6:20-6:21 min/mile pace and finished with the 2nd run time overall for the day. I knew the run was shorter and that’s why I wanted to go harder on the bike since I knew I had less of a chance to pick people off on the run.

All in all a good day!  Now time to hit the sack and be ready for tomorrow!

1) Don’t sell yourself short- there’s no such thing as an “easy” triathlon, so remove that mindset, cool?

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8 thoughts on “Race of the weekend #1: It’s not about the distance…

  1. Congrats! You did awesome! And I agree there is no such thing as an easy triathalon! I mean the point is to go out and finish, yes, but to give it your all too!! Good luck tmrw Chuck! Hope you’re enjoying FL so far!

    Katie : )

  2. Oh my gosh I was actually just thinking of this topic earlier in the week for my 5k on July 4th too. I hadn’t done a 5k in a while because there weren’t too many in the area until now. I was pretty bumming leading up to it because I knew I would be doing 3.1 hard miles, maybe a 1 mile warmup and cooldown and would end up doing about 5 miles which doesn’t fall directly into my training plan anywhere. But then it hit me that these miles are hard. They are not 3.1 miles of easy trashy tv dreadmill jogging. They would only help me and I wasn’t upset afterwords just extremely sore. I swear right after you texted me asking how my calves were-it hit me like a ton of bricks ha. I was actually more sore from that 5k than any of the halves I’ve done recently. You are so right though-if you are racing the race than you will always be tired no matter what.

    Good luck tomorrow Chuck! My diva pool friends will be cheering for you. 😉

  3. Congrats on an awesome race!! Yeah, I did my first sprint tri ever this spring and went into it thinking “this will be great and so easy compared to my olympic distance tris and HIM training.” NOT true. It was still incredibly hard! Can’t wait ot hear how the Olympic went:)

  4. congrats on the awesome finish Chuck! I totally understand, it is like crits, ya they are short, but they are insane hard!

    It was great talking to you man! i can’t wait to hear about race #2!

  5. Great results, and you’re absolutely right. It’s almost like working on different energy systems – 5k vs a 400m..okay not as extreme a difference, but you get my point. If you’re used to longer distances the shorter bouts are brutal.

    Looking forward to more updates

  6. Congrats on your race! that’s awesome 🙂 I’ve always wanted to do a tri..maybe that will be an upcoming goal.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m going to start Paleo next week…so keep in touch if you do the same!
    ps your recipes look great, we have the same taste haha

    – Sharelle

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