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2015 Hightstown Triathlon recap September 14, 2015

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Well, I wasn’t expecting to do all that great in Sunday’s (9/13) Hightstown (N.J.) Triathlon. I knew I wasn’t going to have a lot of time to train this year and that was made even more limited when I broke my left hand July 12. In my last post, I wrote that my first open-water practice swim of the season came the day before the event. And guess what happened the next morning, on the day of the event?

I got hit with a stomach bug of some kind. After throwing up at 5:15 a.m., I convinced myself it was out of my system and managed to get to the triathlon to give it a shot. Somehow, I made it through. In fact, my 500-yard swim was a few minutes better than I had expected with such little training (although two minutes slower than my time in last year’s event). Even the 11.2-mile bike ride was faster than my two previous practice rides of the same distance.

The 5K (3.1-mile) run is where I lost it. I finished the run in 35:18, which is my slowest 5K time in years. Honestly, I had to walk decent stretches of it, as running was agitating my stomach issues.

At least I managed to finished the triathlon, but it was probably a terrible decision to go through it. I spent the rest of the day throwing up and in a near-fetal position on my bed, hoping for the pain in my stomach to go away. It pretty much sucked.

Anyway, below are my results from Sunday’s 2015 Hightstown Triathlon:

500-yd swim:  12:40
Transition 1:  4:34
11.2-mi bike:  39:29
Transition 2:  2:20
5K run:  35:18
TOTAL:  1:34:19

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Get my results from the Hightstown Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 13 September 12, 2015

Posted by Brian in Brian Kelley, Hightstown, NJ, training, triathlon.
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Despite my summer training getting derailed by a broken left hand for most of July and August, I’m still competing in the Hightstown (N.J.) Triathlon on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015…and you can follow along:

Brian Kelley’s 2015 Hightstown Triathlon Result

I did this sprint-distance tri last year as a warm-up to the Atlantic City (International) Triathlon a month later. Both were my first triathlons at those respective distances. I actually medaled at Hightstown as I finished at the No. 3 male newcomer, but I didn’t expect to medal and didn’t realize there was such a medal until two weeks after the race when I happened to read it on the event’s web site so I never received it. Thankfully, this year’s organizer allowed me to take one of last year’s medals when I explained what had happened.

Anyway, because I’m not in the greatest shape and didn’t get in as much training as I had planned, I don’t expect to do all that great. I’m thinking the 500-yard swim will be around 15-17 minutes, the 11.2-mile bike ride will be around 40-45 minutes, the 3.1-mile run about 30-32 minutes, and my two transition times about 6 minutes each. Add that all up and you get somewhere between 1 hour, 37 minutes and 1 hour, 43 minutes. I finished in 1:34:05 last year and that was with a longer bike ride (about 15 miles).

In fact, I hadn’t done an open-water swim since Atlantic City a year ago – until I covered about 500 yards in a practice swim while picking up my race packet today (9/12) in Hightstown. It was rough, but I didn’t die so I have that going for me.

OK…time to get to sleep and get ready to swim, bike and run.

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