Creating a Cycling Family

Rolf Prima Tri At The Grove – Race Report

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 at 11:25 PM

By: Eric Taylor – Sales Manager @ Hutch’s Eugene

First I want to thank everyone who put on the race. These events are a TON of work, and I think most of us underestimate how much time goes into creating a successful race. Thank you Rolf and Dark 30 Sports for putting on THE best race of the year.

This race was my first Olympic distance race. The Granite Man race was close, but not quite this long. A lot of people were surprised that I was going to do this longer race, but for me, it was just a natural evolution. This distance appeals to me the most and I felt mostly prepared for the race.

When race day came, I felt like an old pro. I knew what to do with my stuff in transition; and I knew what was going to happen in the water – I was ready to rip. The Sims and I got there early so that we would have plenty of time to setup transition and get Annette in the water at 8:00.

Annette’s race started without any issue and mine & John’s race followed shortly after. In the water I was bored. Forty freaking minutes in the water is a long time…. I felt good and went my typical pace of slow and steady. Considering where my swim started in December, I felt great.

T1 went well and I got the bike up to speed as fast as I could. I knew I had nothing in the run and need to make up time on the bike. The bike course was AWESOME. Thanks to Annie Loe for putting together such a great course. I finished 26 miles in 1:10 and averaged 21.5mph. I had put on a set of aero bars for this race and it was a noticeable difference.

T2 was easy and then I began the grueling 10k to finish up the race. The run was slow. I pushed myself as hard as I could, but I really didn’t have it in the run. I ran ten-minute miles and finished in an hour.

I felt great at the finish. I had left it all out there and finished my first Olympic distance triathlon. I know that if I want to continue with triathlon, I have to focus on running. It was clear that the race was won in the run. I was passed back by a number of people I crushed on the bike. The nailed me in the run.

I’m looking to improve my running this up-coming year by getting involved in a few running races as well as looking for some great running groups. If you have any good suggestions on falling in love with running, I would die to hear them :)!

  1. Hey Eric! Just saw this (I was looking for a Hutch’s link). Thanks for the bike ride invite. I was crying for mercy tonight as we got in with the fast group by mistake. Big mistake.

    Anyway, biking has always been my first obsession. The only way I started getting better at running was when my coach last year assigned me bike workouts as a reward for running. I had to do my running miles if I wanted to ride my bike.

    Then establish a PR or two, and you can have a little fun smushing them. I’m chasing a 59-minute or less 10K right now, and I’ve carved over 6 minutes over my previous 10K time, so that makes me happy.

    I also like changing up the scenery. Running is WAY more fun out here in Eugene where we have so much choice. Running wasn’t as much fun in CT where the scenery was pretty much suburb, more suburb, and more suburb, with a side of suburb. Except for one place. It was a suburb.

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