On Saturday (June 11, 2011) I competed in the Olympic Distance LA Tri Series event #3. Besides the race company being completely unorganized and disfunction, I felt I had a great race. I wish I could have posted a preview of the race earlier in the week but with the new job being completely busy I didn't think much of the race until the few days before.
After the not-so-fast drive to Los Angeles from North County San Diego with Jamie, we had a pre-race meal at a local Sushi restaurant which of course ended up spiking my blood sugar a little too much. This is one of the reasons I like eating long before bed the night before a race, it allows me any diabetic adjustments I need.
Bed early... then race morning. God do I love it! Nothing beats the adrenaline and pumped up feeling of a race. Luckily, unlike most diabetics I have never had weird blood sugar spikes or lows from this. I believe a lot of that comes from the many years playing baseball with the 'betes then transitioning into the triathlon community.
Wake up: 119... Excellent... Gluten-free sandwiches all around...
Off to the race... After finding out the directions from the race company were wrong, my navigator (Jamie) got us to the race another way thankfully. I registered (I know, what company does that race morning) and set up my stuff in transition then sat in the car to wait.
Blood sugar: 134.... Upon leaving my pump in transition I had a gel and Pure Fit bar.
Right before getting in the water I had another gel (I get overly scared of the low during the swim) and grabbed a piece of gum from Jamie.
Swim: I feel that I stayed completely calm, one of the things I have struggled with in past triathlons. I actually ended up liking it, I kept telling myself it was fun and this was a big part of having a good triathlon. My sighting during the race went much better as well. As the video below shows I got tired during the last few moments of the swim (probably the last 300 meters) but overall, it went well.
Time: 31:31 (just over 2 minute pace)
Transition 1: Couldn't get the wet suit off, annoying. Besides that it was fine, including putting the pump back on.
Bike: The first part of the bike was a little slow. Still disoriented from the swim but the disorientation was much better than ever before. The swim training is even helping the bike. What slowed me down at the beginning the most? Trying to take my blood sugar that's what!
Next race, the meter will be planted firmly on my drop bars. If I have the meter on the bike it will be much easier to take. In the past I have had it on there and it needs to go back on! When I finally took my blood sugar it was 260. High, too high but I didn't get low during the swim. Quick correction and off.
A hilly, challenging course overall with three total laps. The roads were awful but hey, it's Los Angeles.
Time: 1:17 (18.09 pace) I can lower this... No worries...
Transition 2: 0:58.... Ya under a minute... Enough said... Domination!
Run: Off on my 10k run (6.2 miles). The first part was basically a trail run. Not a good course but it got better, running near an airport. Up and down hills. Much like the bike course, a little challenging but good.
Blood sugar: 210...
Run continued, a little cramping but while running with a man named Bill who told me to lengthen out my stride it all went away. This is why I love triathlon. Even while competing he was telling me how to better myself. Unlike my last Olympic distance I didn't cramp, taking salt tablets on the bike.
Even while going through the "dark points" of the run I kept going hard. I was pretty happy with this too.
Time: 47:00 (7:34 pace)
Overall time: 2:39
Overall, my blood sugars were a little high but the race went well. I was very happy with it, the biggest thing I can do is lower my first transition time. My swim will keep getting better which will allow my bike to get better from the start. Training wise I need to do more brick workouts (bike plus run) to learn to run off the bike with the heavy legs.
Jamie, as always was the hero of the race. Getting up early and taking some great film. Thanks Jamie.
Next thing: decide by Wednesday if I am signing up for the Orangeman Half-Iron Distance race in September (the rate goes up Wednesday) in Orange County... Should I?