Monday, June 14, 2010

Eagleman Quickie

This was not the race I wanted, but as we all know, there are things that are out of our control.  It took me 11 minutes longer to swim 1.2 miles than my slowest lake swim.  It took me 8 minutes longer than my worst 1.2 mile swim ever.  I'm still scratching my head on that one.

I shaved almost 3 minutes from my T1 time = Happy Dance :-)

The bike was close to everything I wanted it to be.  I didn't manage to keep the 20 mph average that I wanted, but I managed to have a bike PR by 4 minutes over Augusta.  I was happy with that.

T2 was as slow as ever for me.  I had to stop and put on sunscreen.

The run was just brutal.  As a matter of fact, it was the equal if not worse than my run at Florida 70.3.  The heat index was over 100 degrees, and there wasn't a single bit of shade on the entire run course.  Needless to say, once I realized that I wasn't going to run a 2:15 half marathon, I settled into survival mode.  The result was my slowest half marathon in a 70.3 ever.

After the race, Dee Dee and I got caught in traffic leaving Maryland.  We decided to go north through DC before heading south to Atlanta.  We tried to change our hotel reservation, but Holiday Inn Express just wasn't buying it.  They just lost a customer forever.  I ended up driving until 1 AM, and this after not sleeping well at all the night before and getting up at 4:15 for the race.

Full report with pics on the way!  :-)

Wes

19 comments:

Karen said...

am I first?

Karen said...

yessssss! At last!

Glad you're home safe. Bet the swim was long; check how you faired on that against other peeps. Run sounds brutal! Yeah for Bikey and T1!!

challenges2010 said...

At least you had a few bright spots to even out the dull ones.
I've only done one tri so far but my T1 was 3 minutes so impossible for me to shave that much off this year :-)

Stef said...

That drive sounds like the most brutal part -- I would have had multiple melt downs.

Can't wait for more details even though this wasn't the race you wanted Wes. :-)

Carolina John said...

swim's are tricky things to figure out for sure. i think the worst part might have been going north of the mason dixon line?

LBTEPA said...

oh my goodness what a hard day! (((hugs)))

Jess said...

Glad you made it home safe, but sorry the race wasn't everything you hoped. And I'm sorry you got stuck in rotten DC/MD traffic. Traffic is awwwfffullll around these parts. It's my least favorite thing about living here.

Way to kick butt in your T-1 and still finish a strong race. Can't wait for pics and more details!

teacherwoman said...

He said "quickie" ... lol.

Sounds like a tough one! You're still a ROCKSTAR in my books!

Sarah said...

kick ass, man. I'm so proud of you..the heat knocks me on my butt, and you still rocked that race. it's not always the race you want, but it's what you do with the race you get. nice job!

Makita said...

Though not everything went as hoped - you still rocked! Looking forward to pics & more details. :)

Kim said...

wes - i read how brutal the conditions were - im so proud of you for hanging in there.

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

heat can get the best of us!!! Hope your full report has some awesome race pics.

At least in the car you had ac...just one way to look at it.

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
Nice job getting it done in that heat! I feel for you:) Looking forward to the full report and pictures!

Lily on the Road said...

Bleck to the hotel and bleck to the crazy traffic, but at least you're both home and safe.

Looking forward to the full report.

Molly said...

Eagerly waiting for more. Course conditions sounded completely miserable- you are a rockstar for sticking it out through that and still coming in with a darn good time.

My Life and Running said...

I saw a heat index of 107*. Definitely some bonus badass points for racing in that!

J~Mom said...

Congrats Wes. I heard that race was brutal and you still had some really positive gains. Keep up the great work!!

Lisa said...

I think you did great. Sometimes what you don't want is exactly what you need. There are lessons in here for you for next time.

Well done.

Michelle said...

Congrats!! Off to read the full report now!