Monday, August 10, 2009

Bountiful Triathlon

Well, Stacey and I had made a goal this year to do a triathlon together. Stacey hadn't done one before, so we found a smaller one and decided to do it. Last Saturday, we did the Bountiful Triathlon at the South Davis Recreation Center. The distances were Run: 3.25 Miles, Bike: 10 Miles, Swim: 350 Yards.

My training this year has not been nearly as good as last year. I think I lost some of my motivation. When we went to Steamboat Springs, neither of us exercised at all and we did not eat good at all either. Combine those two and it is difficult to be ready for a triathlon a week later. I decided that if I was going to do the triathlon, I better at least train hard the week before. So I went on a couple of runs and swims and a bike ride the week before.

The weather forecast for the race predicted rain. I was not excited at all about that. When we got there and were getting set up, it was raining pretty good. However, once the race started at 8:42, the rain had stopped and the weather was good from there on.

This triathlon had the run first, so that they could start everyone at the same time and not have to worry about separate waves in the pool. I have mixed feelings about that. Lately, my left knee has been hurting me when I run, so I was kind of glad to get that out of the way. But I think one of the reasons that the swim is first is because it requires the most preparation.

I started off the run fast, passing a lot of people. I think it is just my way of trying to get out of the crowd. I don't like the huge crowd at the start of races. However I think I started too fast and I could feel the effect of not running much recently as people were passing me quite a bit near the middle/end of the race. I was very glad to have the run over with.

The bike was what I was looking forward too. I started off quick, and sure felt good as I was able to pass a lot of the people who had passed me during the run. In fact, I figured out that I passed a total of 63 people while not getting passed by anyone (2 relay teams passed me, but I don't count those - they didn't have to run). The bike leg sure did seem to go by very quickly, though it took longer than the run.

I got back from the bike, ran to my transition area, tore off my shirt, shoes and socks and started running towards the swim. It wasn't until I got to the pool that I realized that I had forgotten my goggles. Crap! I decided that it would take longer to run back and get them than to just swim without, so I dove in. Their plan to spread people out using the run and bike only worked to some degree. There were still a lot of people in the pool and I kept bumping in to people and hitting people, probably more so because I couldn't see. Despite the fact that I was swimming without goggles, I was mostly pleased with the swim.

Here are my results:

Run (3.25 Miles) - 28:52
T1 - 1:11
Bike (10 Miles) - 29:40
T2 - 0:58
Swim (250 Yards) - 8:14

Total - 1:08:57

My goal was 1:10, so I came in under my goal. Overall, I was 95th out of 370. In my division (Clydesdale - Men over 200 lbs), I came in 5th out of 24. Looking at the times of the top 3, I was only about 3 minutes out of the top 3. Seeing that has given me motivation to improve. There is another small triathlon at the Rec Center on Labor Day, and I am going to train hard for this one, and I am determined to improve. Hopefully, if I improve enough, I can crack the top 3. Hopefully I don't train so hard that I lose enough weight to not qualify for the Clydesdale division! :)

The week before the triathlon, I had to do quite a bit of convincing to get Stacey to even compete. Due to Steamboat Springs, she did not feel ready. However, she did it and is glad she did. She was most nervous about the swim, and was nervous that she would come in last in the entire race. I assured her that she would not come in last and that she would be able to complete the swim, just to take it at her own pace, and if she needed to rest for a bit, do so.

Her results are as follows:

Run - 33:29
T1 - 1:42
Bike - 39:03
T2 - 2:23
Swim - 14:20

Total - 1:30:59

She ended up 298th out of 370 overall and 36th in her division of 49. She was pleased with her time as her goal was 1:40. However, she wishes that she had gone a little faster on the run or perhaps one of the transitions so that she could have gotten under 1:30. For her first one ever, I think she did a great job. Like I told her before the race, "For your first one, it doesn't matter how you place, but that you finish," which she did. I am very proud of her and hope that the triathlon bug hits her and she works towards doing another one.

All in all, it was a good race, and a great course with one exception. The road where the bikers left and returned had to be crossed by everyone coming out of the transition area running to the swim. I heard that there were quite a few close encounters and even a few crashes due to this. They should have planned that a little better and perhaps had the transition area located somewhere else.

My one complaint about the organization of the triathlon was the transition area. We got there at about 7:30, and asked how the tranisition area was organized (by number, by category). We were told that it was not organized at all, that you just grabbed a spot. Looking around, there was not a lot of empty spots, because people had taken up so much space. They should have done that better. Also, the transition area had very little security. Anyone could walk in and out as they pleased. Luckily, I didn't have anything stolen, but it could have been without much opposition.

I am motivated now to train even harder and work towards improving. I guess I just needed a little competition to wet my appetite.

Here are some of the pictures that we took (and my mom took) of the triathlon as well as our future triathlete!

Steamboat Springs

We went on a family vacation to Steamboat Springs, Colorado the last week of July. We had never been there before, but we wanted to try it out since it was close enough to drive to (6 hrs) and looked pretty fun.

Anyway, we had lots of fun and the resort we stayed in was very nice (Thanks, Mom & Dad). The kids liked being able to watch TV as they fell asleep on the sofa bed. They also really like swimming in the resort pool and the "Hot Pool" which we did every day. Here's also some pictures of the drive.

Here is some other activities that we did in Steamboat Springs:

We went on an Alpine Slide, similar to the one in Park City. The kids liked it, but because we had 3 kids and 2 adults, we were only able to go 1 adult and 1 child at a time, so it took a very long time. We had lots of fun, though.

We went miniature golfing, played tennis, hiked to Fish Creek Falls, then went to the bottom of the falls and let the kids play in the water. One night, we went for a drive on a mountain road. It was a beautiful drive. A few of the things that we saw are in the picture below.

We rented some bikes and went for a bike ride one day. There is a very nice bike trail right along the Yampa River. We rode up and down that, stopping at one end for a little snack and to allow the kids to play in the park. Nathan ended up falling asleep on the way back.

Along the bike trail, there is a botanic park. We stopped there and walked through it and took some pictures.

Friday night, we went to a rodeo. It was really cool, and the kids enjoyed it. After the women's barrel racing, they had some young girls come out and do it as well. There was a 6-year old that was riding a huge white horse with blinders on. You can see it in the picture below. That was very funny to see those little girls riding such big horses. In the middle of the rodeo, they had the children in the crowd who wanted to come down and chase a calf with a ribbon on its tail. Aaron decided to go down and try it out. He was competing against 12-year olds, so he didn't really have much of a chance, but he still had fun running around out there.

One funny thing we saw was on the road. They are doing some construction on US-40, so they had painted some temporary lines. Notice how crooked and wavy they are. It was funny to follow these lines along the road.

It was a very fun vacation, and we sure did enjoy spending time with each other. I would highly recommend Steamboat Springs as a good vacation spot. There's plenty to do (lots of which we didn't have time to do, or couldn't because of our children's ages). The drive wasn't too bad (about the same as to Yellowstone Park for us), and we'll probably go back some day.