What an incredible day. The Superfrog is a 1/2 Ironman Distance triathlon (1.4 mi swim, 56 mi bike, 13.1 mi run) and it is a monster. I did the whole race in 2010 and felt like I was going to die. This year two of my friends and I decided to do the relay. I took the bike, which is what I really enjoy. It is a special race for me because it is in my home town of Coronado, CA and it benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation. It is the oldest and and one of the hardest 1/2 Ironman distance races around. It was extra special this year because Lance Armstrong was invited to race. As you’ll see below, he won in spectacular fashion.
The swim is terrifying. It is in the ocean and you do two loops, so you have to go through the surf twice. I was really glad not to have to do that again. The bike was good. It was a nice day here in San Diego. It was pretty hot, but the wind wasn’t bad. I really didn’t train much for this race. I hurt my ribs surfing about a month ago, and the time trial position really bugged them, as did breathing really hard. I did the bike in 2:47:50, which I was ok with given the amount of training I did for the event. That’s an average speed of 20 mph. My goal was to really settle in, get comfortable and push myself harder every lap, slowly ramping up so I didn’t bonk. The only lap I really struggled on was the last one. It got hot and I was out of fluid. In addition, the wind picked up just enough to push it out to 45:02 compared to the 40 to 42 min times I posted on the first three laps. I did get in a pretty good workout burning 2,601 calories with an average heart rate of 169 and a max of 180. When I got off the bike, I realized just how hot it was. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Nothing made me happier than handing the timing chip to Tim, although I thought he might die on the run. Thankfully, he didn’t and brought it home with a total time of 5:21:55, which was great because our goal was to beat 5:30.
Lance’s participation in the race was really awesome. They had a larger than normal turnout for the race and quite a few spectators. After the race, there was a small reception that Lance and The Navy SEAL Foundation put together as a joint fundraiser for LiveSTRONG and the Foundation. That was a lot of fun Lance is very funny and told some great stories. Here are a few highlights from my day and that reception. The fact that he raced in a Speedo was all the more drama to an already dramatic appearance.
Lance Armstrong on the Superfrog Triathlon Course Setup
If you are thinking about this race, make sure your swim and run fitness is in check.
Lance Armstrong on Why he Wore a Speedo at the Superfrog Triathlon
Lance Armstrong on What He’ll Do With His Trophy – A Paddle
Lance Armstrong Sets The Course Record at The Superfrog Triathlon
In short, he smoked me on the bike and didn’t even go hard. What a great day.