Some Of The Thoughts That I had while Trying to Keep Up With My Girlfriend on a Triathlon

Last Sunday my girlfriend and I completed the caveman triathlon, a sprint triathlon in Flower Mound Texas. And man, was it something.

A word about me and Kim

As many of you know, Kim is my girlfriend. We love each other very much.

We’ve been doing racing events for over a year now and kim has beaten me in just about every single one.

2015 race for the Cure: she beat me by 1 minute.

2015 turkey trot: beat me by 10 minutes.

2016 cowtown half:  20 minutes.

2016 Tour De Fleurs (20k): somewhere around a freaking hour if not more.

2016 dallas marathon:  a freaking hour.

Her: 5 hours Me: 6:02 Done and done. #bmwdallasmarathon

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Last year in the caveman triathlon, her first one, she beat me by a few minutes.  Now mind you, the wet ground kept me from using my aero bars, but her run neutralized her slow swim and then some, leaving me minutes behind.

But that was also when she was slow. While I have been training this year more than ever, so has she. With private training in an endless pool and actually doing the workouts that her coach gives her she’s poised to have her fastest year yet.

His and hers.

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Race day

We barely got to the race in time to set up our transition areas. We piled into a little gymnasium adjacent to the pool near the swim would be happening. We put similar swim times down so I started right after her. I made my way through the water quickly after seeing a maneuver by another swimmer to kick off the wall and swim under the lane divider as opposed to going underneath the lane divider and then kicking off from the wall. I passed kim up quickly and then moved into the bike.

My transition from swim to bike was atrocious but my bike was strong. With an average of 17 mph (shut up, that’s a lot for me) I moved my way through the field and posted my fastest cycle time yet.

And that’s where things got interesting.

I got off my bike and went through transition and started the run. The run route starts in a path near the community center and is next to the end of the cycling route. So in other words you can see the cyclists finishing up the bike if you look for them. Which I was doing. I was looking for kim. And I found her.

Okay so this picture that I made with Paint explains where I saw her.  The red line is me on my run.  I started at the at the green dot near Gerault Park, ran through Heritage Park, out to garden Ridge Road, turned around and ran back through the park, then ran up on a path that meets Big Canyon Road and then back down to the finish, which is represented by the checkered dot.  The Green line represents Kim’s cycle; she was coming in to the parking lot when I saw her by way of the green line.  The blue circle represents where I saw her.  Remember that it’s swim/bike/run and there’s not that much more to go in the bike when I see her.  Maybe another quarter mile AT BEST which would take another minute on a bike at the speed she was going.

At that point, I started a mental…something. It wasn’t a dialogue per se because I was the only one there, but I was thinking pretty hard.  It went something like this.:

“Oh sh*t, there she goes!  I think she saw me.”
“She looks pretty good.  She looks strong”
“Oh I think she might pass me!  Oh sh*t she’s gonna pass me!”
“huff huff huff [I mean, I’m still running so I’m breathing hard]”
“Okay so this is a 5k.  So I need to be ahead of her when she starts running.  Like, far ahead.  How far ahead?”
“Okay.  We started at the same time today.  So we’re equal there.”
“Okay, if train A leaves the station…”

Pictured above: Me trying to figure out how far ahead of her I need to be when she starts running.

“Huff, huff, huff”
“Okay okay okay hang on.  Hang on hang on.  Okay.  So, she’s a minute per mile faster than me on the run.”
“So I need to be three minutes ahead of her when she starts running.”
“Wait.  Why am I even doing this? I’m calculating how far ahead I am going to be in front of my girlfriend to beat her?  What type of sh*t is this?”
“Wait.  How can I even call myself a feminist when I am calculating this sort of thing?  I’m such a sh*tty feminist!”
“Huff, huff, huff.”
“Okay we’re gonna have to come back to this existential crisis later.”
“So from where she is, she has a minute left on the bike.  And then 2 minutes in transition.  So I should make it as long as I can stay around 10:30 minute miles.”
“Gawd this is fast for me.  Maybe I should just give up and let her have it.”
“No, I can do this, I can make it.”
“Huff, huff, huff.”
“Okay, turn around.  Is she back there? [looks back] Okay not yet.  Let’s keep going.”

This went on for another 20 minutes or so until I got to the finish.  I finished ahead of her.  At this point I don’t know if that was a moral victory or what.  Also, no word on how much time I lost turning my body to look back and see if she was there.

Ultimately I finished in 1 hour and 21 minutes, my fastest time yet for a triathlon and qualifying me for the Best of the Best Triathlon in November, which is another reason I can’t get fat.  Ugh.  So many reasons.

here’s the proof. i figured this was for fast people. now i got one. whatever you say, racing company.

So now I have to keep training so I can not get embarrassed at this thing.  So if I win my age group does that make me the “best of the best of the best?”  That reference is for Chris.

I will be 100 years old and still never get over this scene. Freakin’ Jake Jensen, man. With honors.

Caveman triathlon. PR’ed by 9 minutes or so. Not a bad morning.

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As for Kim and I, it’s only a matter of time at this point.  She’ll be faster than me by the next triathlon if not already. She’s been working up a storm and I’m happy for her.

That Time My Girlfriend Beat Me in the Triathlon I Trained Her in

As you may know, my girlfriend runs. Faster than me. A lot faster.  She wants to do a marathon at the end of the year. God help us.
She wanted to do a triathlon this year so she’s been swimming. Once she was ready we signed up for Caveman together.

 

She is doing her first triathlon in the morning! Hooray!

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The morning of the race we had a thunderstorm come in. Although it left and the race director was in constant contact with the police department about it, it still meant there was a slippery course out there. And there AIN’T NO WAY i’ma get out there and fall on my ass on my expensive bike.

 

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So I didn’t get down in aero the whole time and took it slow. This put her and I pretty much neck and neck once we started running. And you know what that means…

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Yep. By five whole minutes.

You know, I don’t really know what to tell you anymore. She’s just that fast. If she gets her open water swimming down there’s no stopping her.

 

Y’all. She did so good.

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What do you do when your pupil beats you in her first race?  Do you quit?  Give up?  Start selling cutco knives for a hobby?  What do you do?  I’m supposed to be on the radio Tuesday night for a radio show about triathlons.  Should I even do that anymore?

I talked to my friends on it and their responses were predictable:

Friend:  “So she beat you?”

me:  “Yes.”

Friend:  “And you trained her?”

Me:  “Yes”

Friend:  “And how long have you been a triathlete?”

me:  “6 years.”

Friend:  “Nawl, man.  I don’t believe that you’re a triathlete.  you need to show me the receipts.  and if you were a triathlete, then you probably need to give it up.  It ain’t supposed to be like this, mane.”

me:  [blank stare]

I’ll give you a race report after our next race. There might be a bike for sale as well.

St. Patty’s Tri Breakdown

I did a triathlon this weekend.  It was the St. Patrick’s Tri in Keller.  How did it go?  Well, It went.

You can play around with it and see how I did. I mean really, it was really slow.  My swim time was two minutes slower than it normally is.  I got passed by a bunch of people in the pool.  If you want to know why that happened, just watch this video:

There are many areas for improvement in this. My arm comes down hard and I am not stretching my arms.  My legs have never really got the kicking thing down.  But I got through it.

I should note that the time is not clear.  I swam 300 meters and then got out and started running to transition before I hit my watch. Not so smooth.

The cycle was hard too.  It was a different course from the past. It was 3 smaller out and backs on the backside of the course with two decent hills.

Last year’s course.

This year’s course.

So when you haven’t been riding much then the hills are the best feeling.  I got through them somewhat.  But my legs were shot and I stumbled through the run VERY SLOWLY, even slower than last year.

Ultimately it was slow and out of shape.  But I’m back in it.

My girlfriend took pics of me.  which is good because I sure ain’t paying for the official race pics.  Not as slow as I was.

I think that I am the sort of person who needs to do a lot of racing in order to train consistently.  It’ll take a lot of time to get back to the fitness of the past but I will get it back.

 

 

The Workouts of 2014

At the beginning of 2014 I made a resolution to swim, bike and run a great deal of miles:

Now that 2014 is over, how did I do?  Not so hot.  While I don’t have an exact count, TrainingPeaks probably is the most accurate.  This is the total from this year of how much I did:

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I took this and i put my mouse over each of the three sports individually to see how I did in it.

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For the swim I did 42 miles.

I did a couple of races: CowtownCaveman, Mayor’s, Tri the Tri, Blackland, and the Turkey Trot.

These are not the totals that I wanted.  This is not the fitness that I wanted.  This is not the race count I wanted.  Plain and simple.

What happened?  Hard to say.  I did move offices, and I did have a lot more court to do this year than I have before, but this is not what I wanted.

I know that people will say “you did a lot,” or “you did more than me.” Thank you for saying that but I have my own goals.  They are different from yours.  It’s okay to want more for yourself and out of yourself.

So what about 2015?  I don’t know.  I will sit down on Thursday and figure out my schedule.  I would like to do a 70.3 but I’ll need to get in much longer rides in order to get that done.  No bones about it.

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I Made a Video!

I am a board member of the International Association of Black Triathletes.  It’s pretty awesome.  As part of my duties I am shooting a video series called “Jeremy’s Training Corner” where I talk about my efforts to get faster and train for longer distances.  I shot my first video Friday.  Here it is!

 

Now before you pass judgment, it’s important that I let you know that everything that I know about shooting and editing video I learned WHILE SHOOTING AND EDITING THIS VIDEO.

There will be more videos in the future.  I’ll post one here every Friday!

#WorkoutWednesday #RaceReport: the Waxahachie Running Club Try the Tri

Once I got my Achilles feeling a little better after wearing the right shoes I decided to catch up as quickly as I could to the rest of the season. I decided to take on a local triathlon put on by local tri club. I enlisted my friend and an intern in our office to participate as well.

The Group Pre Race

The Group Pre Race

The “try the tri” is in its second year and is a function of the Waxahachie Running Club Triathlon Training group. It consists of a pool swim, a cycle through a neighborhood and a mall parking lot and a run through a neighborhood. The race was free. While on the one hand that meant that it didn’t have everything that you would expect during a triathlon, you still didn’t pay for it. No cars were in the mall parking lot or in the road at 7am on a Saturday morning. Bike racks were loaned by Playtri and body marking was done by volunteers.

The night before the race I went to Austin to see Hilary Clinton do part of her book tour. I got back at 1 in the morning, woke up at 5 and made my way to the race arriving just before the cut off. I met with the my friends and attended the pre-race meeting and saw the majority of the swimmers hit the water.


The swim was easily handled. We swam back and forth in the pool for 5 minutes. After we got out and moved our way through transition I got on the bike, cycling hard to catch my friends. One friend turned back because he was having equipment trouble. I caught up with my intern In the bike and rode a lap with her before finishing.

The bike was supposed to be 10 miles, ride to the mall, circle around the mall SEVEN TIMES, then ride back. SEVEN. Walls of Jericho. Lucky. Swans a swimming. Seriously. Except I’m Jeremy and I’m an idiot.


The cycle was supposed to be 10 miles so the fact that I did 10.7 is not so good.  Oops.  I guess i forgot to keep track.  I’m pretty sure that I did one loop too many.  At least that is what I am telling myself.  Yep.  That is it.  I rode back, went to the T and got on with the run.


The run was 2 loops through a neighborhood.  Flat and straight forward.  The first lap went fine and a friend ran with me on the second lap.  I realized how much i needed to push myself to keep up on the second lap.

Overall it was a decent race.  I am glad to get back into the season and will be doing a lot more training and racing.  My intern did fine including running 7 minute miles.  I gave her one of my old medals because I was proud of her.  I got a finisher’s certificate as well.  #Swag.

Race report: 2014 Caveman Triathlon

The Caveman Triathlon is Sprint Triathlon that is a function of Dallas Athletes Racing. There is a 275 yard pool swim, a 14 mile cycle and a 5k run. The Caveman Triathlon is in Flower Mound, Texas.

I had the choice between this race and another sprint tri on the same day. The King Tut Triathlon was also being held on that same day. It is a Open Water Swim with a shorter cycle portion in McKinney. I was on the fence on which one to do but ultimately picked Caveman because I wasn’t prepared enough for the open water, something I have had problems with in the past.

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While I was walking up to the sign up area I ran into Chris.  Chris had some packets in his hand for Disco and TexasMan, two other races put on by the same company later on in the year.  Both of them are open water triathlons, meaning that they will happen in a lake instead of a pool.  TexasMan is in may and Disco is in June.  I asked him about his equipment and about his base level of fitness and his answers indicated that he would be able to finish a Sprint Triathlon.  I encouraged him to sign up for this race.  I knew several things about this race that would make it more ideal for a first timer than TexasMan or Disco, including:

  • Caveman is a pool swim with 25-yard lengths.  You can grab the wall at the end of each length.  Disco/TexasMan are both open water swims, which adds variables and complicates things.
  • The cycle on Caveman is much easier in my opinion than Disco/TexasMan with Caveman being mostly flat and Disco/TexasMan containing multiple rolling hills.

Generally speaking it’s easier to put things off if you set your goal way off into the future.  There was much less of a chance that the water pump would go out or that “Keisha an’nem” would need braces or something if he just jumped into it.

Chris signed up and bought the necessary gear with the help with one of the employees from TriShop.

Sunday morning came.  The morning before the race was very cold and windy.  My bike almost flew off the rack several times and I had to stop to tie it down better.  I was late to the transition area (think home base) as usual.  I barely had time to put my things out and get set up.  I found Chris in the pre-race meeting.   He seemed nervous.  I reminded him to just run his own race and don’t worry about whatever anyone else is doing.  While we were in the pool area getting ready to swim we were notified that the wind had picked up and light rain was on the ground making everything slick.  Perfect triathlon weather.

A person starts a pool triathlon based on how fast they do the swim.  The race people know how fast you can do it because you tell them how fast you estimate your swim time to be.  My pool swim time was listed as 7:00.  I actually asked for something more in the 6:30’s but they were out of those times, I went in the group before Chris. I ended up passing several swimmers in the pool and finished in 6:19.

Transition was a hot mess and I took forever to get everything on and together.  The cycle was also a mess because of the wind and wet conditions.  I was almost blown off my bike once.  Everyone took it pretty easy in order to protect their bikes.  I spent very little time down in areo due to the lack of control down there.  I saw Chris and several other first timers on the way back in and I was glad that Chris was okay.

The run was moderate with several elevation changes and a few out and backs.  I took my time on the run in order to make sure that I made it through decently.  I’ve been nursing a twinge in my left Achilles for what seems like ever since the Cowtown Half Marathon.

After I finished I met up with some friends and then went back on the course to encourage Chris and some other racers.  Rain began to fall rather severely but I was able to support Chris as he came in.

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Overall, I thought that the race went decently.  I did not do well for my age group due to the wasted time in transition but my time as far as the events went was decent.  Chris did well too as well as several first timers.  I was really excited for him.  It’s always rewarding to see someone finish their first race.

Overall I am looking forward to my next race which should be in May.