Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
90F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 39m 2s
Overall Rank = 238/640
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4 AM to get a bite to eat before making the 40 minute drive from Lake Geneva to Pleasant Prarie. Got to the parking lot, did a couple of things by the car like pumping tires to minimize the stuff to carry on the bike. Rode down to the race venue to finish up. Still had several things to do in transition and it took too much time. Since I did not drop my bike off the night before, I did not get a good spot in transition.
Event warmup:

Short bike ride, a dip in the lake, and a short stretch. Wish I could have stretched more. I was rushed for time and did not finish my usual stretching routine. Forgot to do hop flexors (minor problem). Tried to find a short line for the bathroom but could not. Did not get to use bathroom before race start (major problem).
  • 31m 49s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

I am satisfied and have room to improve with experience.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

Pleasantly surprised that I was not groggy coming out of the water. Had a long run from swim to bike and a long run from transition to bike start. This made for a long run with bike and in shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Get a better spot in transition.
  • 1h 05m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.73 mile/hr

I tried to keep pace with several better athletes and finally had to dial back my effort on the bike so as not to burn out completely before the run. It was a decent ride, but I had a new set of aerobars on the bike and had a little trouble getting in a comfortable position. Stayed hydrated pretty well and took 2 GUs during the bike (more on that later).
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

Surprisingly quick transition. Don't know why.
  • 57m 33s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 16s  min/mile

This is where my race took a bad turn. Actually I should blame it on the fact that I could not use the bathroom before the start and then I took two GUs with in 15 minutes on the bike and these were not digested very well. So about mile 3 my system began to revolt. I had to stop multiple times.
What would you do differently?:

Use the bathroom first. Or just stop during the run and take care of business.
Post race
Warm down:

Got a couple of drinks, banana and laid under a tree for five minutes. Found a bathroom. Hardly a warm down exactly.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

See above. I set a generous time goal of 2:40, but I was really hoping to best that goal handily. Find something other than GUs that my system can handle better. In general I need to do a better job with my nutrition plan.

Event comments:

This race is one of my favorites.

Last updated: 2009-06-15 12:00 AM
00:31:49 | 1640 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 336/640
Performance: Average
Good enough, but a little bit slow. This being my first olympic distance, I was just glad to finish. I had a couple of problems with navigation on this type of triangular course, but I really like swimming in this lake and that is why I picked this race for my first olympic.
Suit: sleeveless
Course: triangular
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:05:36 | 24.85 miles | 22.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 109/640
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:32
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:57:33 | 06.21 miles | 09m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 361/640
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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