The Amazing Race Meets National Lampoon’s Vacation

Post Chaska Triathlon Reflection

Posted by madtrippin on July 22, 2008

On the day of the race I was feeling a bit down on my time.  I think partly because my two friends whooped me so badly and I really thought I’d be more competitive than that.  The more I think about it, the less I care about my time.  It was alot of fun and a great challenge that has left me wanting to do more races.  Part of that is to prove to myself that I can do better, but I also just enjoyed the organized competition and competing with my friends. 

Plus prior to starting my training, I’d gotten into a terrible pattern of laziness.  I was’t really overweight or unhealthy, but I wasn’t feeling good about myself and training has really turned that around.  I’ve got more energy in general, I’m in much better shape and I’m way less likely to be laying around on the couch every night.  Plus most of my pants are fitting much better.  I’ll probably have to replace most of them soon relegate them to fat pants status – I’m on the last notch of my belt.

As for my next tri… I’m already looking.  Ben hurt his foot early in training and managed through the pain, but he’ll need a little time to heal up, so I’m pretty sure he’s done for our short Minnesota season.  I’m still kicking around the idea of getting another one in yet.  I think with some hammering on the bike, some swimming refinement and one more race, I would go into the off season feeling pretty good about next season.  If nothing else, I know I’ll be able to get into a 5k or maybe even a 10k, which I never thought I’d hear myself say.

I’ve looked at a few time-based training programs and I’m not really all that impressed.  I have trouble sticking to those anyway, as most of my training time has to be creatively acquired (early am, late pm, slipping out of the house on the weekends).  I just train as much as I can, as often as is reasonable, without neglecting my family.

I think I’ve got a good idea of what I’m going to do as far as the bike and run are concerned.  The swim will be the challenge.  I’m thinking about one of the books on  Maybe a DVD would be better.  That way I can better emulate the techniques.  Maybe I’ll do both.  I just know a slow confident crawl would allow me to finish the swim faster and in better condition to bike than the fast side stroke I did on my first tri – my legs were spent.

I’m also looking at some new equipment for the bike.  The Cannondale frame will have to stay (don’t have the cash for something fancy), but I may try and figure out how I could swing swapping out components for better gear ratios.  I’d also like clipless pedals and an aerobar.  Other than that, I’ve got my tri shorts and top, goggles and a good pair of Adidas running shoes.  I’m set.

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