We’re always proud to see one of our athletes come away with a great race so we wanted to share Erich’s race report from the Silicone Valley International Triathlon in San Jose over the weekend.
“Race week has come and gone and reflection time has set in. As I mentioned before, this race’s purpose was to see how well my fitness is coming along. I’m happy to say that it’s coming along just fine, but there’s still a lot I need to work on. Here’s how the day unfolded:
To get in 1,500 meters, the swim course zigzagged in the pond known as Almaden Lake. I felt good in the water and swam alone for the most part – most people seemed to have added a few extra zigzags. The sun might have played a part in that, but not for me. I swam in Blue Seventy’s Hydra Vision mirrored goggles and they were nothing short of wonderful. Low profile design, wide viewing angle, and mirrored lenses made for a worry-free swim. I exited the water in 3rd position.
I’m quite familiar with the bike course, being that the Wednesday Nighter loop is almost identical to it, minus a few turns. The course is also notorious for being fast, but a steady headwind on the way out changed that. Establishing a solid rhythm proved to be difficult, but I was steadily making up ground. After the turnaround, I pushed a bigger gear and moved into first, but only by seconds.
Starting the run, I was neck and neck with another athlete in my age-group. I was feeling quite comfortable with the pace and led the way until the 3-mile mark, where I put in a little surge. The little surge put quite a distance between the two of us and I carried on strong. At that point, I knew no one was going to be able to catch me if I kept that pace and I did just that.
I finished 1st in my age-group and after looking through the preliminary results, I was 5th overall and the 1st overall amateur. As usual, I’m nit-picky about how my day went, but am happy overall. I didn’t have my fastest swim, but considering I’ve been logging a lot of time in the pool with a new stroke, my swim strength isn’t quite there yet. I am disappointed with my bike split, but after learning the course was over a mile long, I felt a bit better about it. As for the run, it was a personal best. My coach thinks that had I not ran the first 3-miles with the other athlete, I probably would have put in a faster run split – I don’t doubt that.
My next triathlon is about a month away from now and I’m excited to get back to work!”
Read more about Erich here.