Pumpkin Man - TriathlonSprint

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
Total Time = 1h 50m
Overall Rank = 66/340
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/29
Pre-race routine:

I'd been coming into my recovery phase for the year and my workouts have been lame. Mostly run focused.
Event warmup:

A little stretching and a quick out and back swim.
  • 19m 39s
  • 800 meters
  • 02m 28s / 100 meters

All men 34 and under swim start from in the water/waist deep. This was my strongest swim to date. I had a great time, was focused and stayed on course. Sighting was right on, though I almost always had someone somewhat near me so I could double check my path. After I rounded the last buoy I hit it hard. I felt strong and felt like I was cruising! I've never felt so good during a swim... Oly/HIM will be in next years plans!
What would you do differently?:

I still need to work on my swim. While I felt good, I still only had an avg speed of about 2:30's = slow! But I was comfortable for the first several hundred yards in the middle of the pack.
Transition 1
  • 01m 37s

I forgot to put rubber bands on my shoes and I couldn't get a full revolution of my cranks without my shoe dropping down to the ground. I actually had to stop and reposition myself and my shoe to get going. Someone is going to have a terrible T1 exit photo!!
What would you do differently?:

Remember to put my shoes in position! Time was great considering the distance of T1.
  • 1h 04m
  • 14 miles
  • 13.12 mile/hr

Torture and pain! This was great! Such a challenging ride and yet so much fun. I got passed a lot. For a guy in Mid-Michigan heading out the the mountains to do a race with no previous hill/mountain work... I did alright :)

All climbing with minimal rest time... uh, no rest time.
What would you do differently?:

I could have/should have swapped out for my compact crankset, but didn't want to have to mess with the derailleur.
Transition 2
  • 01m 22s

T2 went very well. Easy in/ easy out.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. 1500 athletes at this event made for a rather large transition set up.
  • 23m 14s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

Nice out and back course. Ended up hitting all 3 aid stations for water, but still felt thirsty and warm. It wasn't near my best run, but given the conditions and course I'm happy!
What would you do differently?:

Good run after a brutal ride.
Post race
Warm down:

Lot's of water and Vitamin Water (maybe a beer too)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Course difficulty (climbs) and heat.

Event comments:

BBSC did an awesome job on this race. Nothing like what I'm used to for event organizations here in Michigan. Plenty of happy volunteers who cheered me as I passed them. Course was very well marked. Website had everything including elevation charts to prep my mind for the oncoming pain.

By the end of the race my quads were done, I was totally spent. I couldn't have run any faster across that finish line. This is the effort that I now expect for myself in future races. I pushed beyond any race that I've done before.

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Last updated: 2009-06-14 12:00 AM
00:19:39 | 800 meters | 02m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/340
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Triangle, first several hundred yards were straight out.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:37
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:04:00 | 14 miles | 13.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/340
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: A quick 3 miles out and then turn around and head up. Garmin says 1,446 climbing with only 87ft of decent.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 62
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:22
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:14 | 03.11 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/340
Performance: Average
Almost entirely Z4 with a stint of Z5 at the end. Of course the last 300 yards would be uphill.
Course: Residential run, very well marked. Out and back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5