Giant Eagle Triathlon- 2nd Place

1 Aug

 Just got back from Columbus, OH- which is an awesome city.  Another 2nd place by just 9 seconds….still seeking that elusive win this year… Hereis a great play by play of the race on slowtwitch:  http://www.slowtwitch.com/News/Yoder_Parker_top_Giant_Eagle_Triathlon_2227.html

I posted the fastest bike and second fastest run- which was great. The bike was flat and super-fast with great road surfaces for the most part and very few turns at all.  The run was somewhat of a struggle for me because I haven’t started my run training yet going into Hyvee and I didn’t back off at all this week from the intense bike training I have been doing.  I definitely felt my training load and lack of speed workouts on the run more than anything- but I was happy to hold it together and I am excited to be where I am at right now and I wouldn’t have changed anything- I know I am in the right spot for right now.  Having patience and the right timing is so incredibly important in this sport. 

However, my swim was really quite crap (10th best and 1:40 back from the leader!) and I am going to have to figure out what in the world is going on. I know I am never going to be a world-class swimmer but my losses seem to be getting worse as the season progresses. I am pretty sure I have a technique issue that needs to be addressed so I am going to do some video tape work this week to try and figure out what in the world I am doing under the water.  I have started swimming more in the last few weeks than I ever have and I know I am strong and fit- so either pacing or a technique issue is the smoking gun…it is hard to lose a triathlon in the swim but that seems to be what I am managing to do. I have seen glimpses of myself as a great swimmer during certain sets in practice and I have had races where I have been much closer to the front but I need to translate that more often.  A lot of pro triathletes come from great swim backgrounds but most age groupers come from bike and run backgrounds so I know there are a lot of folks out there who can relate.  I am excited for the work ahead and to improve from here…

 The triathlon was very cool.  The race was a point to point that started in a park outside the city and ended next to the baseball stadium in downtown Columbus. It definitely had a great local feel to it and the race director was quite responsive to athlete concerns.  They did a great job for the first year and I am sure it will continue to be even better as the race grows in the future.  They have the best road surfaces for the bike that I have seen yet this year for big city races.  Thanks to volunteers and directors for a great first race!!

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3 Responses to “Giant Eagle Triathlon- 2nd Place”

  1. Aaronaron August 5, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Congratulations on your 2nd place finish. I’m from Columbus; In fact, my tri club (Central Ohio Triathlon Team) helped out with the bike hand off and the T2 area aid station. Glad to hear to enjoyed the city and the race. We had a good time and look forward to next year.

    • nkelleher August 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      Aaron,

      Thanks so much for all of your help in the triathlon. The bike hand off was really impressive and super super helpful. Thank you!!! I have a great time and will definaltey be back next year- columbus is an awesome city!!!
      Good luck with training and racing the rest of the year.
      Best,
      Nicole

  2. Rachel September 10, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Nicole!!! I love reading your blog and it makes me smile as I can imagine your voice as I’m reading it. I am so happy for you and all your accomplishments- you are such a hard worker and a humble, amazing person!

    Love Rachel Collins

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