Niagara Triathlon - Triathlon

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Grimsby, Ontario
Trisport Canada
22C / 72F
Total Time = 1h 37m 42s
Overall Rank = 63/339
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 8/29
Pre-race routine:

Got up early - ate the same breakfast minus the PB on flat bread (kind of forgot)
Day did not go as well as planned - more on that later
Picked up team mate and arrived on site at 7:30 am
Event warmup:

Got organized - met team mates and went to water
Did a few strokes and waited for start
  • 15m 38s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 05s / 100 meters

Terrible swim
Lots of wave and could not breathe or swim - we had waves coming from everywhere
Felt a little unwell during swim (motion sickness)
Usually out of water in 13:00
What would you do differently?:

Use ear plugs
stop getting discouraged when swim is bad - know that the bike will allow you to catch a lot of people
Transition 1
  • 01m 55s

Getting better
Calmed down and tried to stop dizziness - had to sit down
What would you do differently?:

Prevent motion sickness - will try ear plugs
  • 44m 57s
  • 25 kms
  • 33.53 km/hr

This is where the race fell apart
I passed everyone - got passed by one Duathlon dude which was a little annoying going up 'the beast of the east'
Managed to handle bike very well on cross winds
Going down I had to move left quickly as wind and branches came across the road; almost went in the ditch - 75kph on a bike - try to stop...
Regained composure but by now i knew someone from OAT had seen me...

What would you do differently?:

Try to stay on the right side of the road - DO NOT CROSS THE YELLOW LINE AT ALL COSTS
Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

This was the best I have done so far once I get to the rack
What would you do differently?:

  • 34m 17s
  • 7 kms
  • 04m 56s  min/km

I felt great after the first 2k
got into a groove at 4:45 per k - the first to were slightly over 5:00/k
Getting better
What would you do differently?:

Try to get into a groove earlier
Post race
Warm down:

Had a few drinks and did some stretches
Talked to a few team members and went to look for time - improved by 25 positions and 3 minutes form last year as of 15 minutes post-race
Went to look at results later to find out I was DQ'd which I knew it was a possibility
Went to speak to OAT officials - while I understand their position, they were simply not listening - another guy from my age group had a similar situation - so 3 out of 11 were in the 45-49 AG and two of us were pretty close in the final time ...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

poor swim - mental thing again

Event comments:

This is a local favourite every year - the competition is tough in 45-49 AG as always; improved by 3 mnutes and 20 positions from last year
Lots of volunteer and great food
Due to unforeseen events going down the "Beast of the East" I cannot say I am happy with the end result

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Last updated: 2013-04-29 12:00 AM
00:15:38 | 750 meters | 02m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/339
Performance: Average
Suit: Nineteen Tsunami
Course: Rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 23C / 73F Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:44:57 | 25 kms | 33.53 km/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/339
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Nice with one big hill Windy 50% of the portion
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:34:17 | 07 kms | 04m 56s  min/km
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/339
Performance: Good
Course: out and back with some trail running windy going out
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4