Many times I have been asked the question, "how long should I wait to run again after an ironman?" Today, I went against my own advice, which is usually "at least two weeks so you can recover from your effort," and did the Summerland Sprint Triathlon. There were a number of reasons I elected to do this. Physically, I have felt amazingly good this week after IMC, much better than I thought I would. On the other hand, I was also feeling quite dissapointed that another summer was coming to a close. I also missed a race earlier in the year due to "injury tme," so I needed to add in a race somewhere to keep me on track for my Polar committment of six races. The allure of Summerland proved too much for me to resist. On top of that, the race itself is a wonderfull event. My daughter was racing in the Kids of Steel event in the 8,9 year old division, and the way the event is set up, the KOS racers go first allowing me to watch her compete before the adult race get's going. The course is beautiful, flat and fast, and attracts some of the fastest athletes from the region hoping to close their seasons on a high note. The top three racers today were well under one hour, and the field included Ausralian pro triathlete Charlotte Paul who won the woman's side. Here blog can be viewed here:
In the end, I am happy I decided to do this one. I wasn't sure how my legs were going to respond after IMC. While I didn't plan on being in top form after only a week of recovery, I also wanted a decent result. I made a rookie mistake right off the bat in the swim though. I was in the lead pack approaching the first buoy, and as we rounded the buoy, the sun was in my eyes. Myself, along with 5 or 6 others rounded the buoy and started heading for what I initially thought was number 2, but it didn't feel right. I was looking back as I took my breaths, and saw that while several people were following us, just as many were going in another direction. I stopped, looked up and immediately realized we had turned tooo sharp at the first buoy, and were heading for buoy number three instead f two. Luckily, I hadn't gone to far off course, but I was really annoyed with the mistake. After this though, the bike and the run went relatively well, and the legs actually felt pretty good. It is amazing how fast a sprint goes by after slugging your way through an ironman distance event, it seemed like a blink of an eye. I ended up 20th overall, and sixth in my age group. I was happy with this considering I am still in recovery mode, and also knowing who was in the field in this race, some very fast guys. Here are a few pics:
Helping my daughter keep warm before her race (we wook up to about 4 degrees this am . . .):
Getting going on the bike . . .
The final stretch . . .
Hope you all are hving a great long weekend! . . . . .Scott