Sunday, March 25, 2007

SimplyStu Worldwide Tri II

Oh no, not my ankle again! This time the culprit was a step down in the middle of a freaking sidewalk.

It was still dark early Saturday morning as I was walked from my car to meet others helping out at the Winter Park 10K. Without warning, the same left ankle that I sprained nearly a month ago buckled forward as the top of my foot found nothing but air underneath it. Luckily, I caught myself with my other foot before kissing the pavement, but I knew this was not good. %@?&$#!!!

I went on working the race anyway and enjoyed seeing MarathonChris and her daughter, and also meeting Maddy and her friend Kelly there. When I got home, I checked my ankle and found it to be tender in front. Unsure whether it would bother me during the SimplyStu Worldwide Triathlon I'd planned to do, I decided to rest it for a few hours and then do everything at home (swim in my backyard pool, ride my bike on a trainer and run on my treadmill). My plan was to do an olympic distance tri an easy pace and only for time (swim - 45 min, bike - 90 min, run - 60 min) because of the Olathe Marathon next Saturday.

I set up all my gear much as I would for a race that had two transitions areas (say, due to a point-to-point bike course). But something was missing so I went to my computer and made a SimplyStu tri bib for my race belt. Now I'd probably remember to turn it from back to front when I went from the trainer to the treadmill.

The "gun" went off at 5pm and I started swimming. Within a few minutes, however, my ankle was hurting from the water force pressing against it when flutter kicking. I then began kicking with my toes pulled back, which didn't hurt, but found myself flailing because my legs kept sinking. Eventually, I just switched to doing the breast stroke and after 20 minutes got out of the pool and decided to make the whole thing a sprint tri instead. I didn't have any problems finishing half the planned bike and run segments but was bummed about how things turned out.

That night while watching the new James Bond movie, Casino Royale, I contemplated how I could possibly continue my swim training without flutter kicking. Florida 70.3 was only 8 weeks away and swimming was already my weakest sport. Sometime during all the 007 action, it dawned on me that I could use a pull buoy and still get some quality training in. EUREKA!!

And with another day left in the weekend, why not tri again on Sunday?

This time, I decided to spread out the events over the course of the day, switch the order of the swim and bike segments, and not worry about transitions at all. In the morning, Dave (DH) and I rode our bikes along a route for 45 minutes and just turned around and headed back. Total time: 1.5 hours.

Later in the afternoon, I hit the pool with a pull buoy (my first time using one) and alternated swimming with it and breast stroking for a total of 45 minutes. It was harder than I thought it would be, but I got the job done.

Afterwards, I headed out for an easy-paced hour long run with Dave riding his mountain bike alongside me. I felt great the entire time (can you tell?).

So I ended up doing TWO SimplyStu tris this weekend: a sprint tri (Swim - 20 min, Bike - 45 min, Run -30 min) on Saturday and an olympic distance tri (Bike - 90 min, Swim - 45 min, Run - 60 min) on Sunday.

I should mention that Dave also did three "events" this weekend. On Friday, he rode one of his bikes on the trainer. On Sunday, he rode his tri bike while accompanying me on my 1.5 hour bike ride and then later he rode his old mountain bike while I ran. So, would that be a bike tri or tri-bike event?

At the very least, he deserves credit for the photos above. Thanks, Dave!


Susan said...

Wow! I love it! It sounds like the Worldwide Half Marathon! Are you doing that?

MarathonChris said...

Dave, the official photographer for the Humble Triathlete!

Well done! Sending positive vibes for your ankle to feel better and stronger soon!

Maddy said...

What a weekend you had!

Congrats for a job well done!

It was so great to meet you!

Eric Greene said...

Way to go! The pics are awesome! Keep up the awesome work. It was so fun to know others who did Simply Stu's Triathlon.

Susan said...

Best of luck at Olathe!!!