Rage in the Sage - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
BBSC Endurance Sports
Total Time = 3h 04m 33s
Overall Rank = 130/
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 17/23
Pre-race routine:

Bagel w/ PB + coffee 2 hours prior to race time. Got to transition 1 hour prior to race time. Sipped Infinit just prior to swim.
Event warmup:

None. First and only serious mistake.
  • 34m 32s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

I started out strong with good breathing and stroke, not too fast, not too slow. Contact wasn't too bad although this was my first race so I don't have a prior comparison. Breathing and stroke got erratic after about 500m and never really recovered. Tough mental setback that cost me serious time but I pressed on knowing that I had trained more than sufficiently to do the distance. After rounding the last buoy I settled back into a nice rhythm and came in feeling great.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know what triggered this setback but suspect it was related to no warmup. I did all my long distance training swims after good warmups. I couldn't get myself back under control so I played it safe and just kept moving without putting my head back under water. I dog paddled, breast stroked, and finally learned I could freestyle without putting my head in (although not very efficiently) which I did for the entire back stretch. This kept me moving and allowed me to relax some. Next time I will try and trust my training more and try to recover my rhythm sooner. I will also get in the water 5 minutes earlier to try and get in a couple minutes of warmup.
Transition 1
  • 05m 30s

Planned to do this one in a controlled manner so that I didn't forget anything. I also took a little extra time to get some confidence back after the swim and to drink some Infinit knowing I probably wouldn't drink enough on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 32m 59s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.04 mile/hr

It helped that I had ridden the course a couple of times before. I was very pleased that I blew away my goal time on a rented bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing except try and drink more.
Transition 2
  • 02m 25s

Pretty much went as planned but was slower than I had anticipated. I did pause to make sure I didn't forget something even though I hadn't. I also drank more Infinit because I didn't get enough on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more.
  • 49m 2s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 54s  min/mile

Felt pretty good throughout the course but the uphill was tough. Just kept legs moving at a decent pace knowing that the downhill finishing leg was coming. It definitely helped to know what to expect from this course ahead of time. Felt great crossing that finish line for the first time, hearing my name called, and the announcer telling the story of me (from North Dakota) joining my 2 brothers and sister-in-law in triathlon success.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Filled up on fluid and ate some fruit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim.....Swim....Swim.... I performed better than I expected of myself in every other area.

Event comments:

Seemed to be pretty organized on race day but some pre-race chaos. Many people didn't get race t-shirts in their size despite specifying desired size on race application. Not sure how that happens. Good first race for me though.

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Last updated: 2009-04-19 12:00 AM
00:34:32 | 1640 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/23
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: 2XU Elite Fullsuit
Course: Counterclockwise rectangle. Cold but tolerable with fullsuit and really unnoticeable within about 5 minutes.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 59F / 15C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:32:59 | 24.85 miles | 16.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/23
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills, mostly uphill into a gentle wind on the outbound then mostly downhill, downwing after the first turnaround. 2 pretty decent hills going out and 2 really steep hills going back. The last couple of miles are back downhill to transition.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:49:02 | 06.21 miles | 07m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/23
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: 1st half almost all uphill. Tough, but made for a nice finishing stretch. About half on desert terrain and other half on paved road/path.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3