Tuesday, January 22, 2008

USA Triathlon Rankings for 2007

Every year when the USA Triathlon rankings come out, I post mine. I think it is really cool that even middle and back of the packers like me get ranked right there with the rest of the age groupers. Still, I'm not sure why this appeals to me, but it does.

Last year, I ranked slightly higher than this year, despite my 3 minute PR on the only race I did both years, Sandman. I guess what that goes to show is that easier races (as opposed to taking on Eagleman) can help your rankings. In 2007 I definately was faster, more in shape and more passionate about triathlons that I have ever been. It was a great year, and looking back on some of my posts, I'm seeing I learned alot, by taking my racing to the next level (the half iron distance). Ok here are the results:

9/16/2007 Sandman Triathlon
Time 1:54:16.40
Ranking 56.01075

I Love the Tavern Triathlon
Time: 2:07:40
Ranking: 56.37458

The Eagleman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
Time: 7:39:06
Ranking 50.49307

Overall Score 54.15465
Gender Grade 59.57011

On another note, I just finished reading Slow, Fat, Triathlete, by Jayne Williams. I figured it was required reading for me since we seemed to have some things in common and I had run into her comenting on the Athena forum that I sometimes check out. The good news: It is a really great book for beginers, age groupers and folks like me. The bad news, I didn't learn anything, except that our journeys have been quite similar. Well, that is not true. I did learn one thing. That a neoprene (wetsuit) swim cap is called a Squid Lid. I guess what I'm saying is that I should have read this book a long time ago. It really would have helped me in my first or second season.

1 comment:

Jen in Budapest said...

I just recently found a great book and I've never completed a tri yet but my plan is to do so this summer. I'm excited and nervous. But the book is called "Endurance Sports Nutrition" It's been great. Not that I've followed it to a t, but good stuff in the eating department.

Thanks for posting and giving me the courage to sign up. I've been contemplating this for months now and I just need to send in my application and fee to make it official. I think I'm going to do the TIMEX womens event July 13th in Eton. I have other variables like bieng in a different country and competing in another country that I'm not familiar with, but I think it will all work out. Any tips are helpful of course.