Columbus International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Columbus, Ohio
United States
Fat Rabbit Racing
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 45m 29s
Overall Rank = 99/171
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/9
Pre-race routine:

Change in routine: Rode my bike to race site.
Ate 1 Zone bar.
Pumped up tires.
Put lights on bike.
Rode to site.
Set up and ate another Zone bar.
Event warmup:

2 mile ride to race venue. No other warmup. I did keep on a sweatshirt and an old towel because it was very chilly. Chose not to warm up in the water.
  • 34m 5s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

Very physical swim. I've never gotten bumped or clawed this much. I tried drafting a couple times and people would just swim right through and crash into me and I would lose the person I was drafting. It was very difficult to see the buoys because the water was warmer than the air and there was a lot of steam rising from the water. Maybe a lot of people were off course and that's why they were swimming into me, but it was very distracting.
What would you do differently?:

Keep my focus better. Be more physical so I don't get pushed around so much. Get faster! I need to get faster!
Transition 1
  • 02m 46s

Very long run to transition. I was actually one of the fastest transition times. Doofus next to me took his bike OFF the rack, LAID IT ON THE GROUND BEHIND MINE and then was getting his stuff on. WTH!? He did move it about a second before I needed to get mine off the rack.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Maybe wipe my heels on my towel. I got some grass embedded in my heel, but I don't know if it happened before or after I was at my towel.
  • 1h 14m 38s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.98 mile/hr

Cooler than usual, so I drank only one bottle (Gatorade) instead of two.
Stayed in big chain ring the whole time! Yay! That's a victory for me.
Ate some jelly things. Got my watchband for Garmin on during the ride. Stayed aero really well until the last loop when I was getting tired.
What would you do differently?:

Be able to maintain my effort for a longer period.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Not much time to get out of shoes after turning in toward the transition area. I barely made it!
Was fatigued running with bike and looking for my row. Could have gone a little faster.
First time getting on Zoots with no socks. Pulled on them twice for each foot even with powder in them. Then they weren't quite right and I got blisters.
What would you do differently?:

Put Bodyglide on shoe entry points. Take another second to get them on better. Maybe tug the laces a teeny bit tighter?
  • 54m 3s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 42s  min/mile

Great run! Except for blisters on my feet from my shoes and no socks, everything was picture perfect. That last mile around the lake is tough because you can see the finish, but it's like it never comes. I was telling myself to keep my cool and chill out, and I didn't turn it up until the very end. I felt very comfortable in my pace, and I'm surprised it was 8:43 miles. I didn't feel like I was pushing hard. Just concentrating on form.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe wear socks or fix shoes or something.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and got food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

As I train longer and harder, I'll be able to go faster!

Event comments:

Great job Fat Rabbit! I love the hot burgers! (I could have used a cookie, though.)

Last updated: 2009-03-31 12:00 AM
00:34:05 | 1640 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/9
Overall: 108/171
Performance: Average
Suit: tri shorts and top
Course: Two loops of a triangular course. TT start.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:14:38 | 24.85 miles | 19.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/9
Overall: 85/171
Performance: Good
HR approx 160 most of the time. A little higher on the uphill portion. Average HR: 162 Max HR: 171 Average cadence 89 RPM according to Garmin. I feel good about this.
Wind: Some
Course: 5 loops. Half the loop was down a ramp onto the freeway, then very flat but into the wind, which picked up very slightly as the race went on. Then off the freeway and back north on a 2 lane road. We had one lane to bike in, and we divided it (mentally) into three lanes for passing because it is a crowded course. It was less nerve wracking than last year. Either I was in a better spot, or people were staying to the right better. There was a bike crash. 800 feet of ascent.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:54:03 | 06.21 miles | 08m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/9
Overall: 91/171
Performance: Good
average HR 164 Max HR 172
Course: Out and back. Mixture of crushed limestone and paved bike trail and a little section of mulch. Total ascent 1000 feet.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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