Monday, May 25, 2009

My first unofficial "almost" 1/2 ironman

On Saturday I raced my first trail "almost" 1/2 Ironman, see
Swimming in the Kuřim's swimming pool: 1.9 km for 41.30 - perfect and unexpected time and 2nd place overall (out of 13). My goal was to test my endurance and not speed (I wanted to complete it survived, not creeping on the ground). So I was just slowly drying myself and changed my dress, while the 3rd swimmer was like a lightening, he dressed himself wet and was gone ;-). So I started the bike on 3rd place. After about 10 kilometers, I fell at the 4th, when I was captured by another racer.
First half of the bike route was more or less on the road, the other on the hard and muddy trail. The bike result was again much better than I have expected. My thighs hurted, but I expected this of course ;-).
Before the run I completely changed all my dress to rest a little and to prevent any unpleasant feelings during the run. It took me 8 minutes ;-) . So even though I was 4th after bike, I have started the run route at 7th place, with the 8th behind my back. I quickly ran over one and the second too soon. The other other one was faster, so I held on the 5th place.
First 13 km was OK, but then my legs started to stiffen and burn, so I had to walk not only up the hill, but sometimes even on the flat parts and downhills.
According to the profile, the 1/2 marathon was really very challenging. Great satisfaction with the time 2:15.
The main thing is, I have survived! My legs hurt, but I am now sure I can handle 1/2 ironman!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hi, I am still here ;-)

It's been almost 2 months since my last post. The things are getting better and better. I am a runner again!
I started to run in a middle of April and I was slowly increasing the mileage. On sunday, 5/10, I ran my first race after injury - 8.5k (5 miles). Very nice race in nature around the "Baba" hill. I set a goal to beat 50 minutes and ... yes, it was easy. I did it at 45:25! Nice. I know it will take a while to get in a better shape, I am happy with what I can do now.
Apart of running I do more cycling than in any years before. This means, I reached 1000km just this week. This is mainly due to the fact I could not run, but anyway. It is good preparation for the season. I raced 12-hour race in April in a hard terrain and did >140km. Not bad.
Swimming is usually my worst training part of the triathlon. Till now I did just about 6km :-(. That's because I have no swimming pool at home ;-).
This weekend I signed for a friendly race/trip/whatever in a size of 1/2 iron. Let's see if I would survive this...