The plan was to ride 2 days, North to the entrance at Front Royal and back. Then head south to Rockfish Gap and back. We covered the North trip, but hit rain and lots of fog on the South leg. The fog was overwhelming as you can see the pictures. We only made it 26 miles before turning back.
I got a training run in on the Florida Half Ironman course a couple of weeks ago. It is a 3 loop course using pavement and grass canal paths on the Disney property. I snapped a couple of pic's of my fan's cheering me on. The canal path portion is closed with a sign of "Do not enter". I took that to mean jump over here in Triathlon translation.
I had a great race and a great time finishing the Try Charleston half. As always Set Up Events put on an outstanding tri. This was my first half of the session. I was using the Try Charleston half to dial in my pace, break in the new gear and try some new things in transition to save some more time. It was also a chance to do some sight-seeing as I was born in Charleston, kind of going home to race thing.
Swim and bike went as planned, right on pace. I got in and out of T1 and T2 faster than ever. I did no socks on the bike, with putting my bike shoes on but not bucking until I got on the bike. Did the same coming off the bike, unbuckled but ran in and kicked them off in T2.
The run started off on pace but slowly the wheels got wobbly and I found myself run/walking between mile 8-10. I was melting in the heat. We did not get any shade or breezed until mile 10. I kept a the feet moving and crossed the finish.
I used my new Tri suite Descente C6. Not only comfortable its makes me look fast. Saucony set me up with a new pair of the Progrid Guide 3's. This is a change from using the Triumph 6 & 7's. I was showing a some signs of over pronation. The Trek TTX got some new Bontrager tires and tubes. It was smoke'n fast with a 23mph pace. The TTX is just an amazing bike. I used the Suunto t6c, as always, to stay on pace. I soon as the wheels are moving the Bike Pod picks up and once the feet are running the Foot Pod picks up. When chasing PR's I can not tell you how important it is to have one device to track your swim, bike & run.
I still had a personal best with a 4:44:20 finish.
Results: Overall - 18 of 335, Men - 18 of 256, Age Group 2 of 45
Best of all I was in Charleston, it was a great race, and I continued my weight loss adventure.
Nameless and Shameless runs again. We finished the 200 mile American Odyssey Relay from Gettysburg, PA to Washington DC. This was the second team relay and we have already scheduled two more. We add 4 new runners to the core 7 members for a team of 11. We were one person short due to last minutes changes. We took the race running and 3 of us picked up a 4th leg.
The course was great and the weather could not have been better.It had been a snowy winter for most of us so getting the training miles in was a little hard for an early spring race. We had a couple of runners get off course in the mid of the night but otherwise the team was in great shape. With warmer days in front of us we will be looking forward to racing Ragnas DC in September followed by Ragnar Miami in January.
Looks like most of the team will run again but we always look forward to sharing the road with some newbies.
The team relay continues to be some of the most fun I have racing all year. Where else can you live in a van for 36 hours. I could not have found a better bunch of friends to spend it with.
I finished the Gasparilla Marathon with only seconds to spare to make the Boston Marathon time cut off. I needed a 3:15:00 finish for the 35 to 39 age group. My finish-line sprint put me in at 3:14:57!
It was a cool Tampa morning at the start and I did not know if I had a 3:15 finish in me. I followed my pacing splits and at 2:15:00 I knew it was within my reach. I had already decided not to chase Boston and this was my shot at it.
You can see from my Suunto log I was pushing the edge of my zone 2, peaking on my finish line dash.
Suunto t6c training log
I want to thank fellow run David Steehler from Fort Lauderdale. We found ourselves running the same pace. After sharing 15 miles I found out David had already qualified for Boston and was using the Garparilla as a training race to get ready. We ran the Gasparilla together and will out his encouragement I would not have made the 3:15 cutoff.