Columbus International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Columbus, Ohio
United States
Fat Rabbit Racing
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 56m 22s
Overall Rank = 127/171
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 15/18
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3 AM!!! Need I say more? I ran about a half mile with my sweat shirt on. A bit chilly but I would prefer that then anything else. I also decided to swim a small amount but not more then a minute or two. I'm not sure it was even worth anything other then to feel the water temperature. This is my first Olympic distance event so I was not really sure how much warmup to do.
  • 36m 48s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

I am not really sure what happened on the swim. I had usually been doing a mile in about 37 minutes so I expected to have a swim time a minute or two off that but I guess it was not to be. I had trouble seeing the turns due to the steam coming off the water. It also seemed like a lot of people had no clue where they were going. A number of times I had a good visual on the turn and then someone would come in from the side, angled way sharp and run into me. I seemed to help about 10 people redirect thier efforts to the right direction. I know I am a slow swimmer, so starting the time trial, and ending up about 30 athletes from the last olympic swimmer to go off, I was completely pre-occupied by the fear of being last out of the water. It took over my mind so much, I completely forgot to see if I felt faster with shaved legs (a first for me).
What would you do differently?:

Keep the hair. I dont think it matters anyway!
Transition 1
  • 01m 15s

I was happy with T1. I used balloons for the first time and it helped. I just about lost my bike in the Wendy's sprint and I didnt want that happening again. Not sure this is T1 related but I did have a problem with my sunglasses. I usually tape them to the handlebars but the morning air didnt let the tape stick too good, except to itself, so the net result was me fighting to get the tape off the glasses. I failed so they got tossed on 315. At least they were broke, unlike whoever lost that pair that I passed 5 times laying on the ramp to the highway. I am sure everyone knows who did the race knows the pair I'm talking about.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, T1 was smooth.
  • 1h 12m 10s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.66 mile/hr

I was very happy with the ride. I drank all of my water so I needed to wait till T2 but it was only a short time. No biggie. I did one gel on the first lap and I should have done another on lap 4 or 5 but no water made that decision. I just figured to wait till T2 and do it then.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m

I dont like to complain but the IDIOT with across from me on the rack didnt rack thier bike but layed it across the rack, blocking me from being able to rack mine when I got there. I guess the solution would be to ride faster and get there first, but I got a little miffed at the time. So I tried in vain to rack my bike and then just left it lay in a simiar fashion as the other guy. It took a lot for me not to shove the other bike out into the isle out of my way but that would have taken even more time.
What would you do differently?:

I would not even have tried to put my bike on the rack. It was pointless and wasted my time.
  • 1h 04m 37s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 25s  min/mile

I am just a short fat guy. My running sucks. I was content with it because my normal 10 K time is 61 minutes so I only gave up 3 minutes due to the bike and swim. I'll take that. I did one gel at the beginning of the run and another at the 4 mile marker. It seemed to keep me going. The last mile was like every last mile I have ever done. But to do my first Olympic. In the last 200 feet or so I dont remember my legs, breathing, pretty much anything other then watching that finish line get closer and closer until it was mine. For my fist olympic I figured I might do 3 hours 5 minutes if I had a good race. For me to break 3 hours. I had a great race.
What would you do differently?:

I would try to push a bit more in the last 2 miles. I was talking myself up to that during the run but it never really happened. I just kept the same pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much of anything but celebrating with family and friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My ability to perform faster.

Event comments:

Not really a race evaluation but I want to say to Bib 484, Tracy, you are Amazing!! Thank you for being so nice pre race and you brought it home to win women overall again!! Even though we just met that morning, I'm proud of you!! It's people like you that make me enjoy being a Triathlete that much more.

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Last updated: 2009-07-20 12:00 AM
00:36:48 | 1640 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 136/171
Performance: Below average
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 01:15
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:12:10 | 24.85 miles | 20.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 66/171
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Flat and fast.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:04:37 | 06.21 miles | 10m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 146/171
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
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