XanGo Echo Challenge - TriathlonOlympic

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Coalville, Utah
United States
Tri Utah
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 49m 51s
Overall Rank = 129/252
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 26/31
  • 34m 52s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 19s / 100 meters

What a horrible swim. Either this course was long, or I sucked, Maybe both. My goal was sub 30, but I came in nearly 5 minutes over that. In training I've been hitting sub 30s, but not today.

I got to the race site and had about 5 minutes to set up in transition, and was basically very rushed. This prevented me from getting relaxed in the water, and I think I just went out too fast and had trouble controlling my breathing. I had to stop 2-3 times and breast stroke in the first 200 meters to pull myself back together, which was really strange. So, my nerves got to me, which hadn't happened in a couple years. Very odd.
What would you do differently?:

Get to the race WAY earlier so I could have enough time to prepare. Stretch, spend more time in my wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 03m 51s

There was a longish run into T1 over gravel, so I had left an old pair of shoes to put on to spare my feet. I ended up wasting about 20 seconds trying to get the things on with wet feet, so that was bad. Other than that, things went pretty smoothly. Got my suit off fine and everything else. Just took a bit longer than my 2:00 goal.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 16m 37s
  • 24.9 miles
  • 19.50 mile/hr

A pretty good ride. I knew I was going to try and push the run, so didn't go crazy on the bike. Turns out I had inadvertently stopped by Garmin 19 seconds into my ride--a fact I didn't notice until the turnaround--so I had no clue what my overall pace was. This came back to haunt me as I missed my 20 mph goal by a fraction, something I would have avoided had I been able to see how fast I was riding. Anyway, it was a pretty good ride. I rode the "hills" okay and passed some people. Not enough though, as I still finished way behind a lot of guys in my group. My goal was 1:12, which would have put me in about 18th of 31.

We ended up walking/running our bikes for about 100 yards into T2, as the timing mat was way at the back. I can't help but think that cost me a lot off my average as well (I know I'm digging for any excuse here, but it ticked me off to miss my goal).
What would you do differently?:

Make sure to turn my Garmin on...
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s

Great T2 at 1:30.
  • 52m 59s
  • 6.25 miles
  • 08m 29s  min/mile

This was my best run ever in a triathlon. My legs felt great and I was able to keep up a good pace of between 8:30 and 8:45 minute miles. I passed quite a few people. Again, for me, this was a great run and really encouraging. I think a lot of the track work I've been doing lately paid off.

I kept my HR in the 156-162 range (Zone 2) which worked well. I probably could have pushed it to about 166 on the way back and run closer to 8:00 miles...

I sprinted at the end and beat another AG by 1 second, which was cool.
What would you do differently?:

Push even a bit more...
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

The swim was really bad for me. Need more OWS. I felt fine on the bike--28 miles is a short ride for me these days, so I just need to regulate my effort better..

Event comments:

I liked the bike and run courses, but the overall location for this tri leaves a lot to be desired. Very spectator-unfriendly (worse than Jordanelle) and a rough, rough transition area. Lots of uneven ground to run on. Saw one woman tumble pretty hard on a rut.

So, well organized (as all Triutah events are), but don't know if I'd come back with my family again to this race. Would probably do it again alone, though.

Last updated: 2009-06-23 12:00 AM
00:34:52 | 1500 meters | 02m 19s / 100meters
Age Group: 24/31
Overall: 148/252
Performance: Bad
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
01:16:37 | 24.9 miles | 19.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 25/31
Overall: 129/252
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back. The first 4 miles or so were along the reservoir, so up and down, then the remaining 10 were up a gradual hill to the turn-around.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:30
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:52:59 | 06.25 miles | 08m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/31
Overall: 145/252
Performance: Good
1. 9:14 2. 8:46 3. 8:45 4. 8:53 5. 8:37 6. 8:03
Course: Flat out and back on gravel/dirt.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 3