The last time I did a triathlon was Ironman Hawaii in 2011. My effort at Ironman 70.3 Kansas reflected my absence. I made a number of mistakes and kind of forgot how tough these really are.
At the time, I didn't know who Bill Bishop was, but I quickly found out. Apparently, Mr Bishop was a hot shot swimmer with a big chip on his shoulder at University of Minnesota. Since then he hasn't lost either the talent or the cockiness. When I lined up in the water I asked around to see if anybody was going to swim under a 30. Out of the blue Mr Bishop informs all of us in the front row that he's going to swim a 23. Whoaa, yipee, skippy, wow! Well, I did my best to poke fun of the guy for such a ludicrous proclamation but in the end I ate crow. He went out to did it although he DNF'ed on the run.
In the end, the swim went well.
I got to work on riding with a power meter. I was struggling to balance various conflicts: drafting, passing people, longs downhills, sustaining power. Result: Ave 241 NP 233. My goal was 250 Ave. The fitness was there but my riding style to make that happen wasn't.
Oh yea, 6 gels wasn't enough. I slightly bonked. I'm not a huge eater out on the race course and can handle slight bonks. Kansas became yet another on the list of other races where I kind of skimped on food intake. Things I need to remember:
- keep cadence at 90-94, not 82-86 even though helps the numbers appear more even
- remember to keep the zeros out of the calculation on the Joule for cadence
- for now it might be better to simply execute the bike as planned with NP and Ave power and not worry about penalties. At 250-270 NP/Ave power, nobody will get in the way; at 220-250 things do get messy with other riders catching up and slower guys that you're trying to pass attempting to block or retain their position
- eat 8-9 gels
Started the run under fueled - felt like I wanted to take a nap. Tried to have the sports drink and cola turn me around but it didn't. Felt tired and slugged out a 1:29 in hot temperatures.
Next race is Ironman Racine.