I finally made it out to Boulder Reservoir for the Stroke & Stride. It has been a fairly busy summer and I have been more focused on CrossFit than Multisport training.
I signed up for the 750m swim and 5K run. The water temperature was in the mid to upper 70’s so I decided not to go with a wetsuit. The air temperature was hovering at or just below 90 degrees and I really could not imagine donning a wetsuit.
The start was uneventful and I got going on an easy pace. I was a little more anxious than usual. It was a combination of the long hiatus, limited swim training, and not having my unsinkable wetsuit on. I ended up finishing in 19:29, which is one of my slowest laps on record, but still respectable. I had difficulty sighting after the final buoy.
Transition was a breeze. Without the wetsuit, I just slipped on a visor, race number belt and quickly wiped off my bare feet before sliding on my shoes. It was my fastest transition to date at 2:06.
The run felt amazing, although I was a bit body conscious without a shirt on. Without the distraction of a GPS, I just kind of pushed to a comfortably hard pace. Based on the mile markers, I estimated I was moving at roughly 9 minute miles. My official time was 27:05 which translates to 8:45 minutes/mile.
This was a short swim personal best for me. Relative to the short course field I was 32/58 overall, 15/22 men and 4/5 in my age group (men 40-44).
Historic Stroke & Stride Results