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Starting to see big improvements

Jeley runs sub-10 minute pace for long training run.

Honestly, who the fuck cares, right?

Whatever, I am going to write this anyway…

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Ms. Jeley 1 : Mr. Jeley 0

There was no official competition amongst the Jeley clan at the Deuces Wild Olympic Triathlon this last weekend, but secretly I was hoping to beat my wife. This was not only the first time we were competing on the same weekend, but we were even competing in the same event at the same distance. This was an Olympic distance triathlon so the distances for each discipline were:

Swim : 1500 meters  (.93 miles)
Bike : 40 kilometers (25 miles)
Run : 10 kilometers (6.2 miles)

Let’s just put it out there…yup, she beat me. It was close. Closer than I thought it would be. I honestly thought she would beat me in the swim by 5 to 10 minutes, and although I am a faster cyclist, I knew there was no way I was going to put 10 minutes on her in the bike…I am making this sound like I was taking it very seriously. Ok…so it WAS a goal of mine to beat her. It wasn’t my primary goal, but it did provide me a little incentive to go harder.

But here’s the deal, she didn’t beat me by 5 minutes in the swim. Ms. Jeley is a really good open water swimmer. She beat me in the swim by only 4 minutes and 21 seconds, which placed her in the top 3rd in her age group coming out of the water. The swim was something I was VERY worried about. It was my first open water swim race over 400 meters in length. It was my first start with over 100 athletes starting at the same time. And the last time I did an open water swim in a race I had a major freak out moment. The swim portion of this race really was a watershed moment for me. I am no longer intimidated by open water, the distance, or the pack.

The only moment of the swim that was rough for me was getting punched in the back of the head rather hard by a guy I had been swimming next to for a couple hundred meters. It left me a bit stunned for a few seconds and I had to stop, tread water for a bit, and then refocus and go chase him down to repay him a bit. He ended up stopping right in front of me and I ran into him rather hard…I left him treading water and gasping for air as I continued on, with a little extra hard kick on top of the water just to splash him a bit.

When I exited the water the Team Triple Sports specathletes informed my that Ms. Jeley was right in front of me. I reached the wetsuit strippers, sat on my ass REAL hard, got my neoprene protection unit removed and sprinted off to the swim/bike transition. My transition went moderately well, except I tore my race bib (number) and had to invent a way to re-attach it on the fly…good learning experience. I got my shoes, number, helmet, and sunglasses on, and started my bike computer. I then grabbed my bike and sprinted for the transition exit. I passed teammates Caroline Jenkins and Susan Lacke on the way out cheered them on. Upon reaching the bike mount line I came across Ms. Jeley…we shared a couple of encouraging words and off we went.

The bike course started off with a small climb to get out to the highway and then it got REALLY fast. At mile 2 I hit 47 miles per hour and for the next 10 miles speeds were increased by a number of 30mph tailwind assisted descents. I felt pretty good on the bike for the first 12 miles and was looking forward to good bike time. Then we turned south and it all just fell apart. The remaining 12 miles would be uphill into a 30mph cross-headwind. First Eric “Alejandro” Bolles passed me, then with 2 miles to go Scott Schraff passed me. I would later learn that he made up 20 minutes on me on the bike…dear God that man is fast. 

I don’t even remember T2…suffice to say it went pretty well, except I didn’t spend any time hydrating and also didn’t take enough water at the T2 aid station.

It was during the first couple of miles of the run that I was told by Caroline that while riding at over 30mph our friend and teammate Susan Lacke crashed with another rider.  My heart sank when I heard that Susan had crashed. She had crashed in this race the year before and had come into this race a little intimidated. All that was known at that time was that Susan was in the hospital. We later learned that she had a couple of small pelvic fractures and a lot of road rash. Her bike was destroyed, but we were all very relieved to find out that Susan didn’t sustain any permanent debilitating damage.

The rest of the run was just survival mode for me. At this point this was the longest I had raced anything for about 20 years. I ran as much as I could, walked the aid stations, and just kept thinking about the finish line. With 2.5 miles to go, I passed both Caroline and Ms. Jeley going the other way. I knew at this point that I wasn’t going to beat Ms. Jeley on this day. She was only about 3 minutes behind me at this point (and she started 5 minutes back – positive delta of 2 minutes for Ms. Jeley). Soon, Caroline caught me and we shared a water bottle for about a mile. Then I faded and watched her run away.

At the finish line I was handed a stick of frozen sugar water and food coloring…nothing has EVER tasted so good. A couple minutes later, Ms. Jeley came through the finish line…that was a great moment.

The rest of the weekend was filled with friends and fun. A bunch of us from Team Triple Sports had rented a cabin for the weekend, and after the race, much of the rest of the team came by for a BBQ and about 2 million beers.

It looks like Ms. Jeley and myself won’t actually compete in the same triathlon again until 2012…I look forward to redeeming myself.

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real easy first run back by jeleyman at Garmin Connect – Details

Ahhhh! Finally I got to go for a run. Felt great to get out and run, even though it was intentionally super slow. Only ran 3 miles…well, walked a half mile then ran 2.5.

The calf started to tighten up about a .5 mile from the end. Stretched it out real good. Will put some BioFreeze on it and wear compression today.

I’m happy…glad to run again. Oh, BTW, I used my new Garmin 405. It’s cool to have run telemetry (first time for me).



real easy first run back by jeleyman at Garmin Connect – Details.

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Tomorrow…I RUN!

It has now been 25 days since I did my last training run, and 16 days since I ran in the maRquee Duathlon. My calf is feeling really good, so I figure I will test it out tomorrow with a really slow and easy 3 mile run along the canal. I am planning to run around 11 minute pace, just to take it super easy, and if I feel even the slightest “twinge” I will just do some walking instead.

I am also looking forward to using my ‘new’ Garmin 410…it was Christine’s but she hated it for bunch of reasons and now has the ‘wrist brick’ Garmin  310xt. So, if all goes according to plan, I will be able to run a full workout wit pacing/heart rate/GPS….pretty cool.

is it awesome, or does it suck?

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Irongear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon

Irongear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon

Time: May 7, 2011 from 6:30am to 10:30am

Introducing the first annual IronGear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon at Tempe Town Lake.  We are excited to bring this new event to Tempe in 2011 as the third event in the Red Rock Co Arizona Triathlon Series.

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