“Sprint” distance/”Ironman™” pace

2 April, 2013        “Sprint” distance, “Ironman™” pace

Another quick post today, what the heck. I snapped myself out of my post-winter training funk with a quick one person triathlon. I swam a mile at the Y, drove to a local office park and rode my bike ten miles then jogged three more. More precise distances and times:

swim:     1,600 meters    0:37:16    pace:     2:19/100

T1:                                      0:40:22     (had to drive to bike start)

bike:        9.89 miles        0:35:42    pace:        16.6 mph

T2:                                      0:04:29

run:        3.06 miles        0:38:02    pace:        12:25/mile

total:        13.94 miles    2:36:01

My swim course:

The pool - Tuckahoe YMCA - Richmond, VA - I swam on the far right

The pool – Tuckahoe YMCA – Richmond, VA – I swam on the far right

My bike course (really just  my bike on the car at West Creek, where I rode):

Bike on car, pre- or post-ride today at West Creek

Bike on car, pre- or post-ride today at West Creek

This link shows a map of my bike course. plus speed, etc.: bike leg

This is my run course. OK, it’s me, sitting by the lake after my run. It’s the same lake that’s on the bike course:

Relaxing post "race"

Relaxing post “race”

It was an easy and fun way to kick off training. Low pressure and enjoyable.

Have a great day,


PS If you’re not a triathlete – “Sprint” distance races are really short. Like this. You’re supposed to go fast. “Ironman™” distance races are really long. You’re supposed to pace yourself for a long day. Today I did an extremely short distance at a very leisurely pace. And boy did I enjoy it.

About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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