Friday, March 25, 2011

First race of 2011

My first race of the season is this weekend - the inaugural Sprint Triathlon at Vistancia. It's just a local sprint tri with a 300 yd pool swim, 16.5 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. I'm looking forward to getting a feel for how my training has been. I got a new tri bike over the holidays, and I've been training the run a LOT over the winter.

Riding the Kestrel Talon SL at the
2010 Amica 19.7 in Phoenix
  My old bike was a Kestrel Talon SL road bike, which has been a great bike overall. It's a convertible, which means it can be turned into a tri bike by swapping handlebars and moving the seat forward on the dual-position seat post. I just threw some aerobars on it and called it good for racing. Overall, I've been quite happy with the Kestrel as a road bike, but wanted a tri-specific bike for racing. Enter the Felt B2. The B2 is their second-in-line tri bike, next to the DA. The DA was a bit out of my price range, but the B2 fit the bill perfectly. So far I'm very happy with the bike. Race wheels are on the way, thanks to my sponsor Gear and Training. I ordered a set of HED Jet 90 C2's with a PowerTap. Unfortunately the wheels won't be ready for the first race, but I'm looking forward to them being sent soon.
Another new thing for this year is race tires and tubes. The tires are Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX's, and the tubes are Vittoria latex tubes. The theory is that the rolling resistance is less with latex tubes and nicer tires. This should increase speed slightly, which will add up to valuable seconds (or even minutes in longer races).

Felt B2
 I have been swimming a fair amount over the winter, though I haven't gained much speed. I've gained form and endurance.
I'm hoping my run has improved a lot over the winter. I know it has, but I don't know how much. I'm targeting around 7:00/mile for the final run.
Here's hoping for the best!

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