The San Diego International Triathlon, held on June 28, 2009, was my second race in triathlon and my first tri in the quasi-Olympic distance. This race was a 1 K (0.9-mile) swim, 30 K (18.64-mile) bike, and 10 K (6.2-mile) run. I’ll start off by reviewing my four goals for the race as I mentioned in my pre-race post:
- Swim 1K in 25 minutes or less.
- Bike 30K in 50 minutes or less.
- Run 10K in under 50 minutes.
- Finish the race in under two hours.
My official results were: Swim = 19:09, T1 = 4:09, Bike = 48:48, T2 = 1:59, Run = 52:31, Overall = 2:06:36.
My overall feeling about my performance is mixed. I am very surprised about my swim time being well under 25 minutes. Props to my new coach, Luke Walton, for the swim programs he tortures me with. So in that sense, I feel very good about one thing in the race. But on the other hand, I’m disappointed in myself for not finishing this race in under two hours. I’m disappointed that my body let me down with cramps in both calves after my swim and throughout the rest of the race. And I’m disappointed in my mental outlook that I had before the race as well as during my run. I’ll explain as I report out on the race.