This past sunday, I did the Imperial Beach Triathlon in Tijuana, errr Imperial Beach. Paul and Carrie asked me a month ago shortly after LP if I wanted to do it, and my first reaction was "Dude, a 15K* bike? I won't even be warmed up by the time I finish!"
*Distances are approximate, per Koz :)
Given the amount of beer I have consumed over the past few weeks, I was curious how much this ride was gonna hurt. Realistically, I wanted this ride to hurt. I missed doing the intensity workouts in training for LP (mainly due to time constraints), and was looking to go balls out. So, because it was such a short distance race, I decided to bring my trainer to get warmed up before the race. Apparently, I wasn't the only person who had the idea - there were 2 dudes in the next rack, and another guy next to me who was spinning as well. It was fun because he seemed like a cool dude, and we exchanged some friendly trash talking! I literally got off the trainer about 90 seconds before Carrie showed up.
Carried did really well on the swim, got out of the water, Paul grabbed her chip, throw it on my calf (not my ankle!), and I was out. When I hit the mount line, the guy who was ahead of me also left his shoes clipped onto his bike, and was having some serious trouble. He was all over the place - shoes, cranks - everything was spinning, and I hate to say it, but I had a shit eatin grin on my face b/c thats something I have practiced a million times, and have it down solid!
The ride was very flat, with some head/tail winds, and a few very very sharp turns, but it was SO MUCH FUN. I roasted it. No one passed me (but then again, we were the last wave), and I flew by so many people, which in turn made me want to go that much faster. I had a monster high cadence, while pushing a decent gear, and it was such a good hurt. Definitely a teeth grittin ride for sure.
I finished the bike, Paul grabbed the chip, and all I could say was "DUDE THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!". I repeated that for a while, and finally calmed down. Paul ended up killing the run.
Here are the splits:
Swim Rank: 65
Swim Time: 0:10:05
Bike Rank: 13 (I beat 2 elite's, and tied another! booyeah!)
Bike Time: 0:26:14
Run Rank: 19
Run Time: 0:20:04
Total Time: 0:56:24
So, Team Amateur Endurance took first place in the mixed relay, and second overall relay. Big shot out to Paul and Carrie for kicking ass, and everyone else out there!
And of course, how did I follow up the race performance? By heading over to my buddy's Jim's birthday bbq and proceeding to drink beer and eat ... all - damn - day :)