Sunday, June 13, 2010

It's All About The Numbers

All of the triathlon results are posted on this It's Race Time website. I brought up the race results for my age group and here they are. I didn't want you to think I made up this whole triathlon thing. (You never know about writers. Sometimes they get their facts and fiction mixed up).

**************Nesa and I were the only two in the Women (60-64) Age Group. Our bib number is our race number. Most racers attach their number to the front of their shirts, thus it is referred to as your bib number.

**************The timing chips each racer wears allow exact times to be recorded for each phase of the race.
My swim time was 09:54.8 which translated is 9 minutes and 54.8 seconds. I don't know what 100s means; I do know I estimated my swim time to be 11 minutes.
T1 is the first transition time. 2 minutes and 2.6 seconds elapsed from the second I left the pool until I started biking.

**************I completed the bike route of 17 miles in 1 hour, 9 minutes and 10.9 seconds.
My average speed was 14.7 mph.
My T2 or transition 2 time, which was 1 minute and 39.4 seconds, is the elapsed time from when I finished biking and began running.
I ran the 3-mile route in 36 minutes and 42.7 seconds. My average speed per mile was 12 minutes and 14 seconds.

My swim time 9:54.8
My transition #1 time 2:02.6
My bike time 1:09:10.9
My transition #2 time 1:39.4
My run time 36:42.7
Adding all of the times above results in my total time of 1:59:30.4. In other words, the elapsed time from when I started the triathlon until I crossed the finish line was very close to 2 hours.
The first woman to cross the finish line had a total race time of 1 hour and 19.5 minutes. The first man completed the triathlon in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The final woman to cross the finish line had a total race time of 2 hours and 22.75 minutes. The final man finished in 2 hours and 20.5 minutes.
I finished in 112th place overall with a total of 133 individuals (male and female) competing.
51 women competed and I finished in 39th place.
Eight relay teams competed against each other with 1 swimmer, 1 biker and 1 runner on each team.
The total number of men and women competing in the triathlon including the relay teams was 157.
WHY DID I BOTHER YOU WITH ALL OF THESE DETAILS? When I started out reporting these statistics, I actually thought they were quite interesting. Now I'm not so sure. I've nearly given myself a headache and probably passed one along to you.
SO THAT'S THAT and enough of that numerical nonsense for one day to be sure!
THE END (If you're not already asleep, let's all take a nap).
If by some miracle you're not ready for a nap, you can view some pictures of the triathlon on my previous post.


Gullible said...

Darn nice showing, Shaddy. I would have collapsed and drowned five feet from the edge of the pool. Good on ya!

Anonymous said...

I'm so proud of you! You set out to complete this challenge and placed first for your division. I think you have the right to write about as many details as you please for as long as you want. I'm 20 years younger than you and could not finish this challenge if I were running on someone else's legs. But you are inspiring me to get healthier and take better care of myself.

You should be proud and celebrate how awesome you are - cheers my friend!

Gullible said...

PS: And I mean five feet after I FIRST got into the pool!

Shaddy said...

GULLY: Thank you for clarifying your comment. I'd never heard of anyone drowning BEFORE getting in the water. I was afraid that perhaps those nasty mosquitos on your camping trip had sucked on your head and caused you to have some flaws in your thinking.

I'm relieved know you're the same Gully I've come to know and love.

Thanks for the "Good on ya" and "Darn nice showing." I'll store your words in a special place.

Shaddy said...

DARKSCULPTURES: Sharing the story is a big part of the adventure. All of you give me the opportunity to relive the joy.


Stephanie said...

That's awesome Cheryl!!! Good for you! Glad to see you are still doing the triathlons :) Jake says hi!

Shaddy said...

STEPHANIE: It's GREAT to hear from you! We miss you so much at work but it's wonderful that you can spend your time with Jake. Give him a big hug for me, OK?

You were right about training for triathlons. I didn't need to train as hard as I did two years ago. I trained six months for that one and less than six weeks for this one.

You know me though. I don't recognize good advise when it's handed to me on a platter. I'm pig-headed and stubborn; I bet you don't miss that!!

I bet Jake's changed a lot already. Let's do lunch again soon. Call me.

Thanks for commenting.

Parrot Writes said...

I think the numbers are interesting and important! I'm very impressed that you took on this challenge. You do us 60 something women proud!! Now you can rest for awhile, ok??

Anonymous said...

This is just cool. I love seeing and learning about all of this, actually. Did my mind turn into a statistical filing cabinet when I wasn't looking? Because I find this all very interesting.

Congratulations my dear!!! You've made us all very proud of you!!

Shaddy said...

PARROT: No, I can't rest. I need to keep going, kind of like the Energizer bunny. This will seem crazy but I ran 3 miles and swam 14lengths of the pool on Sunday. Lon wasn't home so I had all day to myself so away I went back to NorthPointe in the morning. This type of exercise routine can get addicting.

I'm glad you enjoyed reading the race results.

Thank you for commenting and sharing the experience with me.

SARIE: It's because you're such a great friend that you are interested in these statistics. Some people would just walk away when they were faced with all these numbers.

I enjoy posting the stuff of my life and it's an added bonus when others are interested in what I post.



Anonymous said...

Shaddy, I am utterly impressed. I have wanted to finish a 5k for an entire year and keep...well, I just keep quitting, to put it bluntly. So I am impressed with anyone who can do anything in this area...great job. Congrats on finishing!!

Shaddy said...

KATHANINK: I suggest you go ahead and enter a 5k. Even if you have to walk part of the time, you'll get caught up in the excitement that comes with participating and who knows, you may work your way up to a triathlon one day! And never say never.

If you train by increasing your running distance gradually, you'll surprise yourself at what you can physically do. Positive thinking makes it much easier too.

Let me know if, I mean when, you do a 5k. I know you can do it and that when you do, you'll be thrilled with yourself.

Natasha said...

I think reading the numbers is pretty interesting -- and god knows you deserve to put out all the numbers you want!

I am so impressed I can't stand it. You might be my new hero. But you've made me tired enough to need a nap....

Shaddy said...

NATASHA: It's been quite a trip alright! All of you keep me motivated to continue with what I'm doing. It's priceless to have people who are interested and who give validation to my efforts.