Monday, March 15, 2010

RIT Indoor Triathlon

Sunday wrapped up a 60K week for me. It also marked (for me) the start of triathlon season with the first event of the year, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) indoor triathlon.  This year I did the tri as usual with my good friend Michael Peck.  Mike and I started doing triathlons at the same time 4 years ago.  Each year for the past 4 years we've done 4-6 triathlons together. And four years ago, the RIT indoor tri was the first one we did together.

my good friend Mike and I at the start of the run.  Mike's also a FiveFinger fan.

This year my girlfriend, Laura, and our friend Ann also did the tri.  It was a first for both of them, and I couldn't be more proud of the way they did.  You would never have guessed it was their first time out.  I guess all the CrossFit they do gave them a solid foundation to work from.

For those unfamiliar, an indoor tri is typically set up as 15 minutes per event with two 5-minute transitions. You start off in the pool and swim as many lengths of the pool as possible in the 15 minutes. Then you have 5 minutes to make your way to the location of the spinning bikes, change any clothes and put on shoes. After spinning for 15 minute, you have another 5 minute transition before a 15 minute run around an indoor track.

love running in my Vibram FiveFinger KSOs!

This year I decided to do the run (and spinning) in my Vibram FiveFinger KSO's. This was the first race I've used them in. And while I have to admit that they didn't work really well on the spinning bikes, they were fantastic on the run as expected! I've been running in the KSOs for a while now, but this was my first opportunity to give them a go on a race - AND in a race where a quick transition was involved. My concern about using them in triathlons is wasting precious seconds in transition putting the KSOs on. They are somewhat more involved than putting on regular running shoes since you have to fit your toes into the little pockets. In any case, the transition went well and I am now thinking that I may actually be able to use them in an actual sprint tri. I think I'd be happy sacrificing a couple seconds in transition for the ability to run the 5K in them.

spinning in the KSOs... not so great, sorry to say... sneakers next time

Wearing the KSOs I was able to complete an extra lap versus last year. The "barefoot" shoes really help to force better running technique, which makes me faster with less effort. In fact, when I got done, one of the first comments I got from my CrossFit coach, Joe Celso of CrossFit Rochester, was that I wasn't pushing myself hard enough! He was right. I came of the track hardly winded.  I need to work on pushing harder on the run. The habit of running slowly is a hard one to break. I see a lot more sprint and interval runs on the near horizon! 

After the tri, I managed to get another 10K row in to round out a 60K week.  Still on track for the 10K March Madness challenge!

Weekend's rowing results:

Total Meters
10K (Friday)
10K (Sunday)
Total for 2 Days
Meters to go

1 comment:

  1. good read! Wondering if the rowing has improved your performance