Interesting splits for Lance Armstrong during his 2 recent tri efforts.
At Xterra off-road tri world title last week: 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) swim, a 32-kilometer (20-miles) mountain bike and a 12-kilometer (7.5-miles) trail run that traverses lava rock, forest trails, and beach. Very good swim, crashed on bike while in 2nd place, fell way back on run:
Finished 5th in a Utah Xterra race the month before, where he was 4th-5th on the bike, with a strong run and very good swim:
At 40, could he ever improve enough on run to have a shot at winning one of these things? Is he better fit for a quasi-Oly distance than for IM?
I'm not sure that his run will ever compete at the top end of the field. He's certainly not getting any younger and I have to imagine he isn't that interested in putting in the training hours that it would take to come close. He's been there and done that for long enough.
I'm a Lance fan, though, so I enjoy seeing him do this stuff. Pretty impressive that he came out of the water in the front group that included Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno.
My only complaint is that I just bought a mountain bike to race XTERRA on and now Lance is going to make it mainstream. He should have consulted me when planning his race season.
Lance's splits for his 3rd-place finish at St. Croix. Kinda fun to follow this:
Wins May 21 Florida 70.3 by 10 minutes against light opposition, tho in much heat and wind.
3:45 -- :24 swim, 2:01 bike, 1:15 run.