Monday, April 28, 2008

Steamboat Classic 2008 Triathlon

This weekend was a very active one. I biked from Columbia, IL to Cape Girardeau, MO to participate in the Steamboat Classic Triathlon. The ride down was a little over 100 miles, crossing the river at Chester. The weather was perfect, clear and in the 60s. I was a little fatigued for the race the next morning, but I managed to plod through. 500m swim, 15.5 mile bike, 5 mile run. The last, unofficial results I saw placed me at 35th overall. Not great, but not bad considering the previous day's ride.

UPDATE: Below is a map of our route I put together using

UPDATE: Officially finished 39th (1:35:52)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Swim Clinic with Hap Gentry

Attended a swim clinic taught by Hap Gentry this morning. After a few warm-up laps, he filmed us in the water from multiple angles (both from the surface and underwater). We then had a short lesson on swim dynamics and he hit us with a few drills.

After the drills Hap reviewed the video with us, evaluating our stroke and making suggestions on how to improve. It was definitely an eye-opening experience - the video doesn't lie. He quickly pointed out some ways I could improve. I highly recommend watching yourself swim. You quickly learn how what you feel may be very different from reality. Great experience.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

John Howard New Town Duathlon

Ran the John Howard New Town Duathlon. It was a chilly day - raining with a few flurries. 1.7 mile run, 18 mile bike, 1.7 mile run. Finished 11th overall and 2nd in my age group. Time: 1:20:20.773