|With Team Timex athlete Barry Siff @ RnR Expo|
Although the plan was to show up to the race fatigued, I wasn't prepared to break a toe, but somehow I did just that during Thursday or Friday's sessions. I am not really sure how it happened, but I have cracked toes before so I wasn't super surprised about it. I knew I could probably run on it, but I didn't really want to put too much undue stress on it.
Now to be fair, I would have normally scrapped the race, but I had already committed to volunteering at the Powerbar tent on Saturday at the expo so I had to be in Phoenix anyway. In addition, since I don't normally race running events I didn't have any real running racing apparel so I had to be "high-maintenance" and put in a last minute phone call to 2XU. Thanks 2XU for helping me out btw. So I figured why waste a trip and some great apparel? The comprise I made was that I would scrap the racing part and the Nike Lunaracers and instead run it as a descending run in a pair of Nike Frees. In general, I am a huge fan of descending workouts in training as they give my body a chance to warm up before they start to get difficult. If I had any great pain then the plan was to drop out.
In the end, the race ended up going just fine. It certainly wasn't what I am capable of, but it was a great change of pace to do a race like this while keeping it really casual and fun. In fact, I really don't understand why more people don't race like this. Races are soooo much more fun if you just back it off a bit from what you are truly capable of. Forget the PR, and unless you do it for a living, there is really no reason to beat yourself up so unnecessarily. In the end, I ended up getting a steady dose of endorphins and a great workout that hopefully will allow me to recover much more quickly than going full bore.
Anyway, I have 4 different results from 4 different outstanding triathletes listed below for comparison:
|Lewis Elliott, Thomas Gerlach, Linsdey Corbin, Ryan Petry 2013 PF Changs's RnR Race Results|
Here are my weekly swim, bike, and run totals:
Total: 210 Miles / 22 hours 05 minutes
Bike: 157 miles / 10 hours 58 minutes
Run: 39 miles / 4 hours 21 minutes
Core: 0 sessions / 0 hours 0 minutes