Thanks Moto. I've been doing tris for about 5 years now, so I'm not just starting out, despite what my finishing time looks like! My intent for this race was to focus on the bike, but I simply don't have time to train for everything that I'm doing. For the past several months I have concentrated more on running. I did my first marathon in late January and I have been racing (running) every single weekend since mid-February with last weekend as my only rest.
Normally, they set up the course so that we are swimming with the current, not against it. I'm okay with swimming against the current (I do this in practice once or twice a week), because if I'm swimming against the current, so is everyone else. I was just dismayed that my swim time was 30% slower than my best time, but when I found out that the distance was 50% longer, I felt much better! I did the math and discovered if we swam in the same conditions as we did the last time the water was calm, I would have beat my best swim time by almost 2 minutes.
You're right about concentrating on one event and working to improve that. When I went back and did some further analysis on my performance I discovered the following:
- I came in 8th place in my age group
- I did not come higher than 10th place in any single event in my age group
To me this means that I am not super strong in any one event, but am strong enough overall to place higher overall than in any single event.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom