Moses Lake Family Tri: For the Health of It - TriathlonOlympic

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Moses Lake, Washington
United States
BuDu Racing
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 53m 49s
Overall Rank = 124/161
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 2/3
Pre-race routine:

We arrived the evening before, put our feet in the water: "not bad", we said. Some friends had taken a swim and "cold", they said. Our motel was across the water from the race site, and we had a lovely view--it was nice. We went to dinner with a fun group (Triathlynne, StampinAnn, ZinOrZen, ZagaGirl, and Teechur) and laughed and laughed. Tried to settle down and sleep, but didn't get much at all, if any. In the morning, tried to choke down some oatmeal, drank coffee and some smoothie. Left for the race by about 645.
Event warmup:

The women's race started 20 min after the men's, so that gave me more time to put on my wetsuit with plenty of bodyglide and triple check that I had everything in transition. The racks were tight but I could live with that. Ate a gel when the men started, and had some water. About 5 min before our wave started, I got in, made sure the suit was comfy and that the goggles were watertight--by putting my face in the "oh, so cold" water! Really, it wasn't feeling that bad. I was full of adrenalin and just wanted to get started-I'd been looking toward this race for over four months, let's go!!!! Hugged Lynne and we were on our way.
  • 31m 30s
  • 1463 meters
  • 02m 09s / 100 meters

My goal was FINISH without stopping, without freaking out, without getting mad at other swimmers, without freaking out or freaking out. It went really well! I didn't get too jostled around at the start--one group went out super fast, and I was more in the second batch. One woman ran into me consistently throughout the race, but it was more like her face running into my feet, so I think that's her problem. I am guessing that if you measured my progress, my pace would not have changed for the whole race. I just breathed and swam, sighted every third right breath, and kept on going, smiling on the inside knowing that I would be able to finish this swim! My wetsuit did great, very floaty which I enjoyed, kept me warm but provided range of motion. I wore two caps to be sure my head didn't freeze. There was one point where I felt dizzy after rounding a buoy and getting hit with a boat wave.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe next time go out a little faster and finish a little faster to try to improve finish time. Still, I think I did well considering I have only been swimming a year, and only since fall have I been consistent.
Transition 1
  • 02m

Somehow I managed to get my wetsuit off! I decided to wear my arm warmers on the bike, so it took a little bit of time to put them on, but I was happy to have them once I hit the headwind on the course.
What would you do differently?:

Hopefully I will someday have a tri where A-I don't have 2 wet bras under my trisuit....and B-do a tri where it's actually sort of warm.
  • 1h 18m 45s
  • 22 miles
  • 16.76 mile/hr

It was a great bike route, really fun except for pushing into the wind. It was really depressing to look down and see that I was only hitting about 10 miles per hour a lot of the time, and on the downhills still had to pedal really hard. The gusts picked up and were coming from the side, so that added some drama! I passed a few people, and was passed by a few people - mostly tri bikes cruising along in aero!! On the way back I flew and was in the 20s most of the way, even hit 39 mph sustained on the big downhill portion. I had stuck shot blocks on my bike so ate one every few miles and drank water pretty consistently. I took a gel in T1, as well.
What would you do differently?:

I could have ridden harder on the outbound course--I didn't know exactly how hard to push in order to save for the run and I was conservative on that. I did stick to a pretty consistent cadence, so that was good. I suppose I should try aerobars someday and see if that helps. And as always, to weigh less will make me faster on the uphills. I am still good on the downhills!!
Transition 2
  • 01m 36s

Felt pretty good--I wasn't mentally quite ready to run when I was done in transition--but all of a sudden I was out on the course! I put some more bodyglide on where my arms rubbed on my trisuit, and kind of dug into it so I had more on my hands if I needed it (which I did later on a bra spot). Drank some water, ate a gel.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 00m
  • 6.3 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile

I just focused on my breathing, and once my feet had feeling again, after about 2 miles, I felt better. I passed a couple of people, and only one person passed me, so that was nice--I felt I ran really consistently. I don't think my pace changed throughout the entire run. It was fun seeing all my friends on the run since the out and back provided us that opportunity (as did the bike).
What would you do differently?:

Wear my Garmin so I knew what pace I was running. It was hard to tell. Again, less weight and smaller chest will make the run easier. I need to do more long runs so that 10k isn't so hard, although really, this felt pretty good.
Post race
Warm down:

Didn't do much--drank some water--cheered on my friends and wandered around. I had a friend come by to cheer me on, so I caught up with her for a while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think I did great for my first Oly attempt. I don't feel that I sucked at any portion (except for pre-race sleep!) and I do know that next time out I will do better since now I know what to expect.

Event comments:

LOVED IT! I am so glad I have reached my goal this early in the season. I am going to do another Oly at the end of summer and see how it compares. In between I will be doing more sprints and probably throwing in some long runs to try a half marathon. This particular race was so well organized, and it was so much fun to hang out with the huge BT group!

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Last updated: 2008-03-24 12:00 AM
00:31:30 | 1463 meters | 02m 09s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 118/161
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot Full
Course: 2 laps around buoys parallel with the shore. It seemed very far!! At certain points there were near-collisions with swimmers coming the other direction, so had to be on a good line and pay attention.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:18:45 | 22 miles | 16.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 118/161
Performance: Average
First 11 miles - 52 minutes! Second 11 miles - 26 minutes!
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Out and back on a nice straight road next to I-90. BRUTAL headwind on outbound portion, plus three hills (only one was really steep).
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:00:00 | 06.3 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 116/161
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back, a few very slight hills. The course seemed longer than advertised--the turnaround took a long time to arrive!
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 Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5