Last Saturday two of my cousins that live up in Walpole, NH had a joint graduation party. So in typical endurance athlete fashion, we decided it would be a great idea to try and pair a bike ride with the trip up to New Hampshire. After a little research into routes, I decided it was time to make my triumphant return to Surry State Park, the location of my 1st triathlon (Give Peace a Tri).
Most state's have maps either online or that you can buy that depict which roads are good for cycling. New Hampshire puts them online which makes mapping a route nice and easy. I mapped a 20 mile route which had one climb in the middle (climbs appeared to be unavoidable in NH after trying a few different routes).
We got to Surry around 1pm and after a quick bite to eat embarked on our ride. The 1st 5 miles were un-eventful with roads not in the best of shape. This was followed with 3 miles of rolling hills and then a monstrous climb. Following the climb we flew downhill for a few miles, made a couple of turns, flew some more and then had a couple more miles of fairly flat roads. 20 miles, 1042 ft of climbing = ouch!
On Sunday Amy, a bunch of our swim team friends, and I raced the Appleman Sprint Triathlon in Littleton: 1/2 Mile Swim, 10 Mile Bike, and a 3 mile run. This was also my swim Coach Rich's 1st triathlon so we figured it would be fun to see him compete.
The swim went ok. I felt solid throughout but probably could have pushed a little harder. The last 50 meters or so were absolutely disgusting with green slime everywhere. My transition went pretty smooth and as I passed the guy who's bike was setup next to mine (in transition -- it is all about skipping the socks in a sprint race) he let out a sigh.
The bike course was a simple loop with some rolling hills. I tried to push hard but not to hard. Probably over pushed a couple of the climbs but seemed to recover well. Held just over 21 mph on the ride which I was happy with.
The transition from bike to run went really quickly and I took off with a hope of letting my HR settle over the 1st mile. About a 1/10th of a mile later I knew that wasn't going to happen as we started to climb up a couple different roads. I pushed well through the 1st mile knocking out something in the low 6:20s. Next we turned off the road into this grass field and I felt like I was going to melt in the sweltering heat with no wind. I kept pushing and at the far end was a technical climb that pretty much went straight up. After running the 1st half of it I decided I was better off to walk and let my HR settle (which was probably within a few beats of its max). After reaching the peak, I blitzed down the far side and popped out in some neighborhood before sprinting down another hill. The final half mile was flat along the lake. I made up a little bit of time before reaching the finish. Managed to hold 6:40s for the run but basically squished a 7:20 between two 6:20s.
All and all pretty good race and managed to take 3rd in my age group for my 1st ever placement in a triathlon.