Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 Rock Run 8k and Upcoming Events

It's been a week since the Memphis in May triathlon and it is onto the next race the Rock Run 8k.  This was the third year in a row that I've run this race.  The race is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  It is run along the Arkansas River Trail near Rosenbaum Golf course just east of the Big Dam Bridge.  The course is flat, but the last two years it has been hot and this year was no different with the early heat. 

In years past, the course and gone to the east and under the Big Dam Bridge before turning back to the finish.  This year, we started to go east for about a 1/2 mile and then turned towards the east for about 4 miles before heading back to the finish.  The course was still flat and fast.  The goal for this race was under 37:00 minutes.  Last year, I went 37:08. 

The race starts at 7:30am, so all the runners lined up at the start and away we go.  I have been trying to force myself to hold back a little at the start, so that I don't start off too fast. Of course, I'm feeling really good for the first mile and was able to hit a around a 7:10. 
Still feeling good

 Somewhere around a mile and half, I start to feel a sloshing in the stomach and realize that maybe I had a little too much water before the start of the race, but no worries though.  I feel my pace has settled down a little and hit the second mile around 14:30.  I'm averaging a 7:15 pace and still feeling good.  At this point, the wheels come off quickly.  I try to hold back a little more and save a little towards the end, but I average around an 8:00 min/mile pace for the 3rd mile and then around 8:10 for the 4th mile.  I'm now just begging for the end to come.  With the race flat, you can see the finish off in the distance.  Just keep going, I think to myself.  The 5th mile was the toughest where I average close to an 8:25 pace.  I was able to finish the race in 38:28.  This was a tough race for me, I was hoping for the 37:00 mark, but my fitness still is not where it was at earlier in the year.  I still enjoyed this race and will back again next year assuming I have no other plans.

Upcoming Summer Events

As usual, summer time is a very busy time of year with races and general summer activities.  The last two weekends have included the Memphis in May triathlon and the Rock Run 8k.  Also, spent a day at Greers Ferry Lake. 

This weekend and next are no different.  I have the The Ranch Ride planned for this weekend.  This is a charity bike ride that starts in Conway and includes a 34 and 54 mile route.  I will completing the 54 mile route.  On June 9th, I should be racing in the sprint triathlon in Hot Springs Village.  So I'm keeping myself and challenged so far this summer.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memphis In May Triathlon 2012

Well here is the race report from my race last weekend for the Memphis in May triathlon.  This was the second straight year that I have raced this triathlon.  Last year the race was moved to Tunica and the Harrah's casino is the host of the event. 

This has come to be one of my events of the year so far.  You can stay at the Verranda Hotel which is located off site from the casino, so it's still a quiet hotel.  You can then walk down to transition from your room, which makes it real nice come race morning to have a place to relax before the race started.  I arrived on Saturday afternoon and checked in.  From there, I have not had the opportunity to swim much lately due to work trips, so I swam for 30 minutes.  Open water swimming is not my strong suit, so more chances to swim in the open water the better for me.  After the swim, I cleaned up and then met some friends for dinner.  At first, we were going to go the Paula Dean buffet, but after seeing the line that was over an hour long, we decided that somewhere else may be better.  We tried the 37 restaurant, but couldn't get in there until 9!  So, it was onto the 3rd choice which was the Blue and White restaurant which was 10 miles away in Tunica.  There I had some chicken alfredo.  The meal did take awhile to get.  It turned out to be an ok meal.  Next year, we will make sure to make a reservation at a restaurant or go somewhere earlier before the dinner crowd arrives.

My goals for this race were around a 30 minute, 1 hr 8 min bike, and then a 47 minute run.  I didn't get a lot of training in April due to travel and work, so this was reach, but I had set a goal somewhere.

Race Morning
I woke up around 5:00 and took a shower and ate a banana, peanut butter sandwich, and a gel.  Being a 1500ms/40kb/10kr, I usually eat lighter before the race.  I went down to transition and set out my stuff and aired up my tires.  I then relaxed in my room for awhile and then headed out to the swim start.


The great thing about the swim for this race is that it is a time trail start.  It allows for a less hectic start.  A racer was sent off every 3 seconds which allowed the field to spread out a little bit.  I was number 355, so I had to wait about 16 minutes before the start which comes faster than you would think.  I was off and my swam began.  I started feeling pretty well.  I was able to site the buoys well and was actually able to swim with no contact until the first turn buoy.   There was a little contact around the first and the second which came up quickly.  After about half way through the swim, I could tell that I was getting tired.  No long swims over the past 4 weeks caught up to me.  I was slowing and hips were dragging.  I pushed through on the second half.  I came out of the swim in 37:55 min.  Oops already off my goal time! 


I come into transition and head to my bike.  Grab the sunglasses, helmet, and bike and head out of transition with no issues!  I jump on my bike and head off.  The bike course is one 40k loop that heads south, then west, back, south, before heading back north to transition.  The bike is flat and fast.  I knew the wind was supposed to be out of the south on race, but was hoping that it would be light while heading south. I could feel the head wind going out.  I was able to average about 20 miles an hour going out.  I finally turn back north and now it is time to press forward.  I start to push the pace and was able to average 24 back into transition.  Coming in off the bike, in 1 hr 8 min 13 sec.  I was pleased with the result.  Now, can I hold a great pace for the run!


After my great bike, it's time to run.  Shoes on, race number on, time to hit the run.  I start off and could already feel a cramp come on.  I was running around 7:30 pace for the first half of the run while trying to fight off the cramp.  Hit the second aid station and throw water on myself and get something to drink.  After the first mile, the wheels started to come off.  I hit around 8:30 pace for the next 3 miles.  The 5th mile was around 9 minutes!  I was hot and could tell that no long training was having an effect.  I'm still going to push through and finally on the last mile I start to feel better and finish with a 8:27 pace!  My final time was 53:10 for the run which is one minute slower than last year when the run was a 1/2 mile long! 

Even though I didn't reach my goal for the first race, I still really enjoyed the race!  I got to meet some new friends and learned what I need to work on before the next triathlon which will be Tri the Village on June 9th.  Which is a sprint triathlon.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Quick Update!

Been awhile since I've had the chance to post, but I've been busy with my new job.  Since April, I've been on the road 5/6 weeks so far.  I get to spend the next weeks at home before heading back on the road again for another 2 weeks after Memorial Day.  Although my training has dropped off, I did get the chance for a quick weekend visit to Boston and a mid day visit to Philadelphia!

Upcoming, is the Memphis in May triathlon this weekend.  I have no idea how this race will go with limited training since the beginning on April.  I'm hoping that the training I did from the beginning of the year will push me through this race! 

I'm planning some vacations for this summer hopefully and will be busy throughout the year which is always a great thing!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Work and Play

Here can be my day sometimes in two pictures.

Visit sites for work