The 2013 Harvest Moon was dominated by us old guys. Had I been 4 years younger I would've won my age group, but instead I competed against a very tough field and finished 5th in the 45 to 49 category. The amazing thing to me--only 14 total people beat me out of over 400. So 5 out of the top 15 racers were over 45 years old!
|Getting T1 set up|
I like to leave readers with some takeaways, maybe in this case what worked and what made the race fun.
1. I nearly hyperventilated in the first 10 minutes of the swim. Lindsay challenged me to push the swim, especially the beginning, super hard. I kept saying to myself as I so wanted to slow to a breaststroke to get my heartrate down..."believe in her, believe in her" and I didn't relent but just eased off and let me heart rate mellow ever so slowly and finally found my "stroke" and had my best swim ever.
|Dave in T1|
3. Nutrition and hydration were spot on. I am an outlyer as they say, I wear a camel back. I drank half a bottle of water and a gel at T1. During the ride I had about 2/3 of a cliff bar, 5 chomps, a bottle of GU Roctane, a bottle of Skratch, and about 2 1/2 bottles of water (I put water in my camel back which is a 1.5 liter model). On the run I just took sips of water, gatorade and some coke, whatever sounded good at the time and gel at mile 7.
4. My run was good, not great, I averaged a 7:51 mile, but considering the hills and the heat I'll take it. But my brand new shoes, I had never run in, felt great. I wear Brooks Glycerine. I know most people would want to break them in--but remember, I wear a camel back!! :)
What was fun:
1. Seeing people I knew cheering me on and giving me grief. In particular, Katy Blakemore was riding on the run course cheering people on and kept telling me "good job" but really what she was doing I later found out, partly I think, was saying it loud enough so her teammate Jason (who I also know) knew how far ahead I was. He eventually caught me with 3 miles to go but, poor guy, soon developed some GI problems and kept stopping.
2. Having a relay guy fly by me on the run and assure me he was a relay guy so I didn't feel crushed!
|Dave in slip n' slide|
4. Seeing my long time friend Dave Poole finish his first half ironman. He is signed up for Boulder next year--you will rock it!
5. Having no cramps, gas, or other uncomfortable GI problems. The only "scars" were a blood blister on my toe and a sunburn.
On to Ironman Arizona!!