Sunday, July 31, 2011

First Big Win :)

17 July 2011- Seolobong Olympic Distance Tri

Exactly 14 days after IM Korea there was a local Korean Tri. I figured it would be a good way to get going again and keep me motivated right after the IM. Well my body/mind didn't quite agree with the keep on going and staying motivated. I believe all of the travel and then having to come back to reality of working made the adjustment hard. It was nice to be home and just eat, train, sleep and repeat. So coming back from IM Korea I was un motivated and just did a little here and a little there. I wasn't keeping up with all the workouts that my coach had planned, but when I did the workouts I felt good. It is now 4 weeks later and I am still struggling to get it together, but I wake up every morning believing that today will be the day that it all comes together. I went out last night and drank way too much and slept most of today away. I think it is safe to say that going out every now and again is a good thing, it reminds me why I don't do it as often like when I was here before. I accomplished absolutely nothing today and that is never a good feeling. But I promise tomorrow will be the day that I get my ass in gear, because believe it or not Kona is 68 days away :) Alright so that was the long part of the blog here is the short and sweet part about the race.

It was a 2 loop swim course and I got a good start. Couldn't really find any feet for some reason, but I guess that is what happens when you are in the top 3 of the swim and the other guys out swim you by 2 minutes, I was more less in no mans land. I swam a pretty disappointing 25:18, but who knows maybe the course was long.

Wasn't really sure how the legs were going to feel, I think I only biked 2 or 3 times since IM Korea. I went out and tried to find a rhythm, but took a wrong turn about 3 miles into the ride, lost some ground and had two guys pass me as I was getting back on course. I made up some ground and started feeling good on the second loop and about half way through it I took the lead. I negative split the bike in terms of power with 238 for the first 30mins and 268 for the remaining 33 mins. My official split was 1:05:20, and that included T1.

The first time I have actually had a lead biker. Pretty cool to say the least. Only problem was this run course was no joke, I think the guy on the bike even struggled. It was 4 loops and was HILLY. I had a method for the one big hill though, I power walked it and on the last lap I was passing some of the pro women, they had a 10 or 15 minute head start on us during the swim. I tried to convince them to power walk with me as they were in a running motion but not moving at running speed. They just looked at me like I was a crazy foreigner, but hey my power walk put me on top of the podium, so no way they could knock it ;) Run time was pretty disappointing, but what can you expect 2 weeks after an IM and some crazy hill every lap. 43:44 was the time and it was 3rd fastest on the day with the fastest run split being a 40:27.

Swim-25:18 3rd Overall
Bike(T1 Included)-1:05:20 3rd Overall
Run(T2 Included)-43:44 3rd Overall
Total-2:14:21 1st Overall out of 262/1st Place AG

Overall I was really happy to get a big win in a race with over 100 people. I ended up winning 14Kg of rice, 10Kg for winning and 4Kg for talking about the race. Yeah I forgot about that I had to give my first speech, well they had the 4 foreigners that were there come on stage and talk about the race for a bag of rice. Lastly I would like to say THANK YOU to the Corbin family for giving me a ride to the race and cheering for me as well. Since I don't really cook I gave them my 14Kg of rice, I don't think they will be needing to buy rice for awhile. They also got 4Kg so in total we walked out with 18Kg of rice.

Here are some pictures from the race as well as the run course elevation chart.
Coming in from the second loop.

Out on the run suffering!
On stage with the big bag of rice
Click to see a more in depth view with HR and pace.


Dave S said...

That elevation is ridiculous and the bag of rice is hilarious. What is the story behind the rice? Great job Brad!

Brad Williams said...

The rice is just what they were giving out at awards. 4Kg for 3rd, 6Kg for 2nd, 10Kg for 1st. And then because we were foreigners 4Kg to talk. I have also gotten Kimchi at another race before. I always give the stuff away to someone as I don't cook and eat at the chow hall. Someone is always happy in the end!