My First Race — St. George 2005 Run and Conclusion

Watch Time: 1:38.3 – See times above.
Uneventful. I did everything well and cruised right out.
6.2 miles – Watch Time: 58:37.5 – Chip Time: 1:00.47 – 18/29 AG – 107/216 Males – 9:45.3 min/mile – 159 bpm Average
I have done some great bricks leading up to this race and I thought I would be fine. It was really interesting running through the transition area as my legs were tired, but not fried. My bricks really carried me through the run.
This run was a true trail run. I have done my shared of trail running, but most people at this race had not, so they were unprepared. I felt bad for them as this was a new part of the course, so most people who had even done this race in the past were a little surprised. But, that is the nature of our sport – identify and adapt.
That being said, it was still a tough run. It was a two loop course that had plenty up and downs, so rather steep. There was a ton of sand on the course as this was Southern Utah. I am not sure if I was glad for the sand or not as it was gentle on the knees but tough on the calves.
I really started to get worn down at the beginning of the second loop. Most people were not talkative at this point and it got really lonely. My buddy that was there racing with me then came up on my back and yelled, “I caught the beast” on account of my race number being 666. We had a bet on this race and as he is a much faster runner (my stand alone marathon pr is 3:58 and his 3:25) I knew if I was going to beat him it would have to been in the water and on the bike. I knew I would have to put about 6:00 on him before we started the run or I had not chance. We started running together for about 2.0 miles and he really lifted my spirits. If he hadn’t come up right at the time he did, I would have been a lot closer to missing my sub 3:00 goal. Out of respect, I let him go with about 1.0 miles to go. HE deserved the win and cruised on to beat me by 1:30.
I came down a large sandy decline, turned a corner and there was the finishing chute. People were cheering and I saw my wife. I was so happy she had come with to share this experience with me. Before the race I had her write on my left triceps her name and the name of my son – my foundation and my strength.
I looked at my watch with about 50 yards to go and knew I had my goal of a sub 3:00. I was so happy to cross that line and finally become a Triathlete.
Watch Time: 2:51:37 – Chip Time: 2:51:36 – 18/29 AG – 107/216 Males – 160 bpm Average
My recovery went well. I am sitting here the day after and I am not sore at all. I am tired, but not sore. I am going to take it a little easy the first couple of days this week, but my goal is to be back in full force on my training schedule by Thursday.
I am really pumped about my performance at this race. I am gearing up my training for a ½ IM in July and I think I am on my way to completing my goal there – a sub 6:00. Right now I am training about 10 hours a week and I am going to step that up to 15 hours. Almost all of that time will be spent in the saddle.
I did learn a couple of things at this race:
1.   I really miss my little brother. He and I have done a ton of cool things together like epic trail runs, ski trips, a marathon and a couple of other things that should not be mentioned. As soon as I finished I wanted to call him and tell him about the race as I know he would love to do a tri soon.
2.   I loved having my wife at this event. She is supportive and does not complain when I need to put in training time. I am really glad she made the effort to be there so she could catch the vision of why I train.
3.   I need more time in the saddle. I averaged 100 mile weeks for the month of April, but that wasn’t enough. I have to gear up and improve that in a significant way to do well at my ½ IM.
4.   I need a better system to remind myself to eat and drink. I knew I would feel a loss of energy on the run even before I started because I did not eat enough on the bike. Next time I will get it right.
5.   Race your own race. I got a little down because of the triple ringers passing me on that massive hill, but the mph average I posted was within what I wanted. I could have done better, but what would have happened to me on the run then?
6.   Technology is cool. I loved having my Garmin 201 and my HRM with me. I felt like I was always in touch with what was going on with my body.

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...