One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is an 8K near Jackson, MS. At least once a very athletic son has run it with me. Four years ago, when I was in prime marathon shape (or as close to it as I've ever been), I ran a PR of 46:07. Yesterday, because I lacked any kind of consistent training, I ran it in 1:03:04 (my watch had my closer to a chip time of 1:01:10, but hey, who's keeping track?). That's pretty damn slow.
Just looked up my official USA Triathlon ranking. I'm 2,452 out of 2,469 in the 50-54 age group. I should be looking for ways to improve myself instead of being tempted to contact the 17 slower guys just to heckle them.
All I can say about the Ragnar Relay Series is that if you like running and having fun, then this is the event for you. I did the one that connects my birthplace with my adopted hometown. Too much fun. I am tired. I need to go to bed now.
It occurred to me that Saturday's race would be my last triathlon in the 50-54 age group. I have the ideal USA Triathlon birthday: Whatever one's age is on Dec. 31 of that calendar year, that's the age that person races at in that calendar year. So, even though I will not be 55 until the fourth-to-last day of 2016, I'll be racing as a 55-year-old who is actually 54 all year.
Because this was a late addition to most people's race calendars, my best chance was for nobody else to show up in my age group. No such luck. And since they were only giving awards to the first-place winner in each age group, I knew I'd have no shot at the prize.
But what of that? I know that I have done next to zero training since early August. I've been on the bike once since I had it rebuilt this summer. I haven't even been in the pool since July.
So the best I could hope for would be a relatively painless day. Considering that it was an indoor pool swim and an overcast fall day, it was pretty glorious.
Swim: Amazingly, there was a guy ahead of me in the swim line who was already having trouble before he'd hit the 50-yard mark. At that point, that kind of person is blocking up an already tight swim lane. As I have for the other triathlon swims I've done, I still did a bit of breaststroke, even though I should be able to swim 200 yards of freestyle without stopping. (That is, if I'd put in the work.)
Bike: Hard to believe how long 15 miles on a bike feels if you've only done that kind of distance once or twice in the past year or so.
Run: People who feel like time goes past too quickly need to do a triathlon. The sun had come out in time for the 5K run, which seemed to take as long as a half-marathon.
The results for this race don't matter, but I'd still like to see them when they come online. Plus, I'm curious where I rank nationally in my age group. Low, for sure. But probably not the lowest.
UPDATE: Race results are in. Third in my age group--not last, as one guy got DQ'd. It pays to follow the rules!
Just in time for my fall break (I am a first-year teacher), I discovered a new local(ish) race: the Three-Legged Goat Triathlon. Sprint tri with a pool swim, which is just about my favorite format at this point. My reasons for doing this race include, but are not limited to:
If I remember correctly, one needs to do at least three races in a season to be ranked. This race will be my third of 2015. I feel like I had more cancellations than races over the past couple years. I'd like to at least see how close to the bottom of these rankings I actually am.