Road to Challenge Aarhus: Self-supported Half Ironman

The Start Location at the Pool
Where the Madness Begins

This week is going to be mostly about getting ready for the self-supported half ironman distance triathlon I’ll be doing on Saturday 16/4 as prep to do Challenge Aarhus. You can join the event on Endomondo. Yes, it really is a triathlon even if Endomondo lists it as “other”.
Also join the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124035681003753.

If you’re in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Saturday 16/4 you’re free to participate in any part of the total distance and any amount of disciplines. If you join the swim you should expect to cover the (tiny) expense on your own.

Here are a couple of probable start times:
Swimmers: total distance is 1,9km.
Start time is around 09.00 at Sportfondsenbad Oost:

Bikers: total distance is 90km.
Start time is around 10.00 at Sportfondsenbad Oost: same as above.

Runners: total distance is 21,1km.
Start time is around 13:30-14:00 at Sportfondsenbad Oost: same as above.

So, the things that need to be prepped are:

  • Pack my swim-gear
  • Check the bike to be race-ready and pack all that is required for a 90km ride;
  • Pack my running stuff (Thursday or Friday)
  • Go through the checklist at http://triathlon.racechecklist.com to make sure I have it all.

 

Self-supported Duathlon, Sprint Distance

With only, well, very little time to go before the birth I thought the hot weather in Amsterdam today was a great opportunity to go and do a self-supported Duathlon. Inspired by Astrid (who says her legs are a machine…) and Mads and first got the idea from the good guys at 140.6, I went for a more modest distance than the ironman guys and did a duathlon instead of a triathlon.

And it just felt great. Doing the first run in about 27 minutes is not that great, but with another 22,5 kilometers to go of the official ITU sprint distance. Next up was 20 km bike which went pretty good and finishing the entire event with a quick 2,5 kilometers repeating my kilometer speed from earlier, finishing that run in about 13-14 minutes.

I’m wondering why I didn’t do this much earlier. Thing is that if you want to do a self-supported triathlon, you need to think of logistics like what to bring to the water; where to put your bike; where to put your swimming gear afterwards, etc. A self-supported duathlon is much different: Just run 2,5 kilometers and run back where you have your bike. Then ride 10 kilometers and 10K back to the shoes, and do those 2,5 kilometers + some cooldown. Easy!

Anybody with half-decent running and cycling skills can get themselves to a level where they’ll beat my 1 hour 26 minutes or so time. And so will I. Try it out for yourself, but be careful – you might just get hooked on it!

Amsterdam Marathon 2007


SportTracks Feb 25th 2007

2007 will be the year of my first marathon! To support that I’ve been equipped with new shoes and with what’s probably the most advanced piece of self-monitoring equipment I’ve had.

The Timex Ironman Triathlon Bodylink comes with heart rate monitor, GPS for speed & pace, and an optional data recorder to upload information to my PC. Everything works fine, and the most amazing new feature comes from the software tool SportTracks!

This software doesn’t just help you log how far you’ve run, at which heart rate etc., etc. It also shows you where you’ve been by either using a map or a Google Earth satellite photo.

So today has resulted in being 17km closer to running a marathon – the blue line in the images is my route from today. This is going to be a quite hard, and I wonder if Tor and Peter meanwhile started their marathon training. Maybe I better calculate how many kilometers I really need to train before I finally have my first attempt at running 42,195 kilometers.