Inter-Rockin Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Interlochen, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 01m 26s
Overall Rank = 106/135
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 11/12
Pre-race routine:

Gotu up at 0430, drove 2 hours to Interlochen. Two cups of coffee, some water and a pop-tart.
Event warmup:

Light swimming and some stretches.
  • 33m 18s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 13s / 100 meters

For me this was a good swim. I felt strong and in control the entire time. The wetsuit was a good safety blanket, but I really didn't need it. Navigation is better now that I make sure I sight on something on the shoreline to use as a guide. I waited to a count of ten at the start to let the water clear, and that helped. I actually drafted for a little bit, which was a first for me. Finally, I got tired of running into people and swung wide to find clear water. After that it was just stroke and breathe. I wish I had taken my Garmin, as I am sure my long, outside route added a good bit of yardage to my overall distance. Considering that in December I was taking swim lessons, I am VERY happy with this race.
What would you do differently?:

Not much really. I may start looking at staying tighter on the line to reduce my distance to the bare minimum, but at the same time I do like clear water.
Transition 1
  • 04m 52s

I didn't think my T1 was all that bad, but my time says otherwise. I can shave at least three minutes off of this. I will say I posed for a picture or two, and talked with Christina a bit, so that did slow me down. However, I really just took my time to make sure I didn't miss anything or forget something.
What would you do differently?:

Work on getting wetsuit off. Practice T1 more. Consider working on clipping pedals to the bike and getting that down cold. See if the Garmin HR strap works after being in the water, or just do away with the HR strap all together.
  • 1h 15m 39s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.71 mile/hr

This course was fun for me. I quickly got up to speed and worked on keeping my cadence high. My bike fitting and pedal setup seems to be working, as I had very little twinges from my knees. I felt strong and fast on the bike almost the entire way. Some wind gusts after the turn around point slowed me down, but not by a whole lot. I pushed hard after the turn around and passed many people, once again including several fancy Cervelo and Felt tri-bike riding folks.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure yet. I enjoyed the ride and felt good, but I am wondering if I pushed too hard and it affected my run. Definately will NOT eat a Cliff bar on a race again. I managed to only get half down, and it stayed like a lump of concrete in my stomach the rest of the day.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Time on this was better, but can still improve. This is the first time I racked a bike, other than when setting up my transition, so I took a bit of extra time.
What would you do differently?:

Throw on the shoes and go! I should be able to do this in a minute or less.
  • 1h 06m
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

I am sorely disappointed with this run, even though this is my first Oly. I should have been able to do this at a 9 minute mile pace. I started out that way, but when I hit the hill, it just killed me. While I think the heat and humidity were factors, it was that damn Cliff bar that did me in. It was like a lead weight in my stomach, and it was all I could do not to get sick. Once I got to the turnaround, it was just one long gut check the rest of the way back. I was having to tell myself, "ok, get to the next mailbox...Now the next orange cone", just to keep myself going. It wasn't until mile 5 that I finally started feeling normal again and was able to get back on my pace, but by then it was too late. I finished strong, but disappointed.
What would you do differently?:

Just say no to cliff bars. I should have gone with my first plan, which was shot blocks. "Nothing new on race day", was relearned once again today.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around and drink water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad nutrition choices. Trying something new on race day.

Event comments:

This was a really fun race, and i will be back next year. The campground atmosphere was really cool. I even asked one lady who was cooking bacon and eggs if I could have some to go! Lots of positive energy. Just a really cool way to spend a Sunday morning.

Profile Album

Last updated: 2011-04-20 12:00 AM
00:33:18 | 1500 meters | 02m 13s / 100meters
Age Group: 10/12
Overall: 108/135
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes. Xterra Full
Course: Start was in chest deep water, in waves. Large orange and yellow buoys were used to mark the course. Our course was an oval shape.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:52
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:39 | 24.85 miles | 19.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/12
Overall: 85/135
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Course was flat and fast. Roads were wet from an early rain. It was an out and back course. Well marked and all intersections well manned.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:06:00 | 06.21 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/12
Overall: 111/135
Performance: Bad
Course: Through the campground to start, then a short dirt path, then a paved road. Paved road turns to gravel, until it hits Younker Rd. Everything is shade until you hit Younker Rd. Younker Rd is a paved and somewhat busy road with a decent hill on it. Hill climbs about 300 feet between mile 2.5 and 3.0. Turnaround about 3/4ths of the way up the hill. Back to start.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5