Nathans Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Nathans Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 42m 59s
Overall Rank = 126/279
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 32/62
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0330....ate 1/2 balance bar...shower...headed to the race at 0430
Event warmup:

  • 25m 2s
  • 800 yards
  • 03m 08s / 100 yards

First open water swim tri. I was surprised how far we had to swim to the start buoys. I didn't expect that. I didn't really know where to line up for the start so I just stayed in the middle of everyone. It was really hard trying to not to hit people as I was swimming in the beginning. After the first 200m people did start to spread out but I had to keep raising my head to see if I was going to run into anyone. I really wasted a lot of energy trying to avoid people. One person ahead of me for a bit had a huge splash with her kick and everytime I tried to take a breathe I got a mouthful of her kick water. I quickly got around her. The other lady I passed kept swimming at an angle so when I would look up to see where I needed to go to pass her she kept moving over in front of me. UGH!! So much to figure out and work on before my next open water swim tri. Plus, it was a big step to get out of the water onto the exit stairs....managed to get a big gash/bruise on my shin during the exit that I didn't even realize I had until I got to the bike/run transition and saw the blood dripping down my shin when I went to put on my shoes. Geez!
What would you do differently?:

Not look up so often. Get more open water swim practice in.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

I spent time getting my socks on properly so that they wouldn't bunch in my bike or run shoes. Took a big drink before leaving. Had quite a ways to run to get to the bike mount. Running in bike shoes is not easy.
What would you do differently?:

just try and do it faster.
  • 43m 56s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.39 mile/hr

I felt good on the bike. I passed several people and had lots of really fast people pass me with their disc wheels on...woosh..woosh..woosh...
I didn't go as fast as I could have because I was trying to save some energy for the run.
What would you do differently?:

go faster.
Transition 2
  • 02m
What would you do differently?:

just try and do it faster.
  • 29m 41s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 35s  min/mile

my plan was to not go out to fast which I tend to do and then I have to stop and walk for a bit. I was able to run the entire route but my pace was slower than I wanted. I was aiming for a 9min/mile pace. I didn't look at my watch during the run...I was just listening to my body and letting it determine the pace.
What would you do differently?:

go faster. pay attention to my watch for pace time.
Post race
Warm down:

none...just drank lots of water

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of open water swim experience. Not pushing myself harder on the bike and run.

Event comments:

I learned a lot about open water swimming. My goals were to conquer the open water swim without becoming fish food and complete the race. I feel bad that I didn't push myself harder. I need to find a balance between pushing to exhaustion and not pushing hard enough. Overall I had a great time at this race. I can't wait for the next one!!!

Last updated: 2009-07-07 12:00 AM
00:25:02 | 800 yards | 03m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 35/62
Overall: 0/279
Performance: Bad
Course: rectangle loop.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:43:56 | 12 miles | 16.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/62
Overall: 0/279
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: lots of turn arounds.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:41 | 03.1 miles | 09m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/62
Overall: 0/279
Performance: Average
Course: loop around Tempe Town Lake
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4