INDIAN WELLS 70.3
I wanted to check in earlier, but I got Covid at the race and have been completely out of it for 2 weeks! I got sick the day after the race, so I assume that I must have had the virus in me already during the race (no symptoms prior to the race). We all know how susceptible our immune systems are in the days following these big events. This has NOT lent itself to a quick recovery. I’m 2 weeks in and just finally started feeling normal today. I’m going to give it a 3rd week of recovery before attempting any kind of workouts. Fortunately I was planning a 2-3 week off season anyway. I was just hoping it would be more relaxing than suffering through this virus!
This was a so-so swim for me. I was expecting to go between 34-35. I did an acclimation swim at a nearby lake on the prior Friday just to get used to the extreme cold (water temps were 57ish F). This definitely helped with the overall shock of the water on race day. However, because I’m a pretty weak swimmer I really have to focus on my technical ques. And I think the cold water distracted me from doing so.
My previous two 70.3 races this year I averaged around 175watts. I would have liked to improve to 180-185 but a lengthy injury late in the season cut my bike fitness greatly and did not leave time to improve before Indian Wells. I averaged about 185 for the first hour which ended up being too much. The cool weather had me feeling good, but it caught up to me on the back half. I ended up averaging 176. Which given my injury, I was actually happy to at least get back to my previous fitness even if there was no substantial improvement.
Earlier this year I had a run PR at eagleman 70.3 of exactly 1:40:21 on the second lol. I found Indian Wells to be a MUCH more difficult run course than the pancake-flat eagleman course. So I was pretty satisfied with my run. I stuck to my plan of being super conservative (8:15ish pace) for the first 4 miles, then reduce it to race pace (7:30-45) for the middle 5 miles, then whatever i had left for the final 4 miles (7:15 pace).
35-39 AG: 35/149 (23.5%)
Men: 219/1149 (19.1%)
Overall: 266/1629 (16.3%)
Overall, given the short build to this race after injury, I’m pretty satisfied. While I did not PR on my time (I went 5:05:01 at Eagleman in June) I do believe this was stronger performance as my overall finishing percentile across age group and gender improved from what it was at eagleman:
35-39 AG: 57/191 (29.7%)
Men: 327/1458 (22.4%)
Overall: 406/2182 (18.6%)
YEAR END 2022
After 2 years away from the sport & training, my goals for the year were:
Race a lot of 70.3s: I signed up for 4 and completed 3. Did not start Waco in October due to injury.
Improve upon my previous PR of 5:50. I went 5:05 @ Eagleman. 5:28 @ Ohio (bad day). 5:08 @ Indian Wells.
Stretch goal was to break 5:00. I did not accomplish this goal. However, without the long injury break before Waco I think I would have gotten there.
I REALLY enjoyed reading about everyone’s training and races in this thread! It kept me sane and really helped with some boring days at work lol. Congrats to everyone on theirs goals, and lets keep improving for next season!