The Folsom Sprint Triathlon proved a HUGE difference from the Tri For Real Olympic Distance race last weekend. After suffering from dehydration and low energy last weekend, I definitely learned my lesson for today. I drank copious amounts of water and “carbo” loaded (pizza and spaghetti) the last two days prior to the event. What a difference! I felt great in warm-ups; strong and energetic. In the swim, I wanted to follow my two basic rules: relaxed recovery and forceful expulsion of air under water. The most common mistake I make is to not expel my air after breathing, causing oxygen deprivation after a couple of minutes. It proved a little difficult to weed through previous waves, but I ended up with the fastest swim split overall by about 1:50. More importantly, I felt fast and in control, knowing I was having a great swim. After a quick transition to the bike (1:05, 3rd fastest) I wanted to make sure to build into the bike and focus on keeping a high cadence for the first 5-7 miles of “uphillish” riding to conserve power. I knew I was going well with good, fast, race pace breathing, but great energy. I ended up with the second fastest bike split overall and again, more importantly, knew I had a good bike leg based on my cadence and perceived power. I posted the second fasted T2 at :44 seconds and immediately got into my rhythm on the run. I wanted to make sure I stayed powerful and focused on the run. I ended up with the 7th fastest run split, but was happy with the effort and focus. I ended up as the fasted overall amateur behind a young, pro triathlete by 1:56. While the final ranking feels great, I am most pleased with the fact that I raced hard and executed on the race goals and preparation.
Todd Heinzen, o2fitness Athlete