Nathan Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Red Rock Company
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 11m 25s
Overall Rank = 5/627
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/81
Pre-race routine:

Jamie and I were up by 4:00am, had some coffee and a Cliff Bar, apologized to the dogs for leaving them behind, and hit the road a little after 5. No big rush, bikes were already in Transition. This was Jamie's 3rd Olympic race but her first non-wet suit 1500M swim. It would be a great training day for her SOMA Half IM prep. For me, it was another Olympic race in Tempe Town Lake...but deep down, I felt like it was something more.

This season has been a bit up and down. It started poorly with a bike crash and DNF at the Lake Havasu Tritahlon season opener in March. In april, I found redemption in Las Palomas, Mexico with a 3rd OA, my best OA finish at that time. From there I went back to race a solid effort at Tempe International in early May.

Then came my two Halfs, Dueces Wild and Mountain Man, two tough races at 6000+ feet elevation. Sho Low was a mess for me. A sub par swim and run where I not only got lost on the course but kind of gave up on the run. I earned a bit of redemption again at Mountain Man, where my 2nd OA was my highest finish ever, but I still felt like my run wasn't so great.

So Little ol' Nathans would be my last race prior to IMAZ, and I wanted it to be a validation of my current fitness...and I wanted to just have a good day. :)
  • 29m 13s
  • 1968 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

Well, once again I had to suffer a poorly measured swim course. This is 2nd time this year a Tempe Lake Olympic course has been at least 200M long. Our local pro Lewis Elliot swam a 24+. I spoke with the RD after and he said it was clearly long and apologized for the mess up. While I was out there, I felt very good, with a high turnover, good body position, seemingly good sighting, but not a lot of draft opportunities. I had to navigate through at least 2 of the waves ahead, so I just spotted for clear water and put myself there. When i hit the exit stairs, I looked at my watch and saw 28:xx and just shook my head. I also gave a thought to Jamie and hoped she wouldn't be discouraged by this long swim.
What would you do differently?:

Find a RD who can measure a swim course, I am tired of having to make up so many positions on the bike!
Transition 1
  • 01m 1s

Had a smooth T1. I had a very long run with my bike to the mount line and had my shoes clipped into the pedals. I hit the mount line and got going and out from Transition before slipping into my shoes, which I did with relative ease and speed. Evrything went very well.
  • 59m 51s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.91 mile/hr

Coach Nick had targeted a 162HR for the bike which is my bike AT or thereabouts. As I settled down into the ride, my HR came up to 157 and sort of sat there for a few miles. The course has a decent number of turns, so my HR would drop and I would bring it back up, but it seemed to love that 157. I was feeling very good and thought ok, well, let's see if it builds intot he 2nd lap. I was riding well, passing everyone. Course seemed much safer than last year. the second lap was more of the same and my HR was a steady 157. I considered pushing harder but figure I had the run still and really wanted to have a good run. I thought I was just closer to 1:01 and was very suprised when I saw the 59min split. This si the first time I have really split a true sub 1:00 on a proper 40K course. VERY happy with my current bike fitness especiall considering the efoort level was below target.
What would you do differently?:

Ride harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

Some slight numness in my little toe made putting on my right shoe a bit difficult. I ran out of T2 carrying my visor and race belt, I normally stand there putting them on, which is a waste of time. Still, my time was kind of average, but I had a really long run with my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Hope to be assigned a better spot on the rack. Jamie and I were way on the end.
  • 40m 4s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 27s  min/mile

I headed down the south side of the lake and felt really good...until Chris Latvahoo, a freind in the 35-39AG went by me like I was standing still! He was flying (he split a 3:09 in Kona in '08) and I wasn't ready to chase. I also started 4min behind him but I was sure he would put that time into me if he held that pace. My HR goal for the run was 167, but again, I felt like i wanted to build into it and have a solid 2nd lap. So I stayed on my pace, running long and smooth. Breathing was steady, form was spot on, HR was low 160's and slowly built up. On the secong lap, I was still feeling great, my HR eventually hit the 167-168 mark and I was moving well. i wish I had split halfway to see if I negative split the run. I certainly held a strong pace ont he back half and even Chris couldn't put in enough time to beat me int he overall. I knew i wasn't going 100% but I just felt so damn good, I didn't care! I was having a good run and I was having fun. :)

What would you do differently?:

Run harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Had some pizza, watched Jamie finish 7th in her AG!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I did. I held back as the concern of having a poor perfromance was stronger than my desire to go really hard and I am happy with that decision. IMAZ will be the day to leave nothing behind, not this day.

Event comments:

I left all my dissapointments from this year out on the course this day. I was 5th overall behind 3 pro's and know that I had more to give. I never had the negative thoughts that seemed to haunt me earlier this season during the race. The demons have been exercised and I am ready to do what I need to do at IMAZ.

Last updated: 2009-07-23 12:00 AM
00:29:13 | 1968 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/81
Overall: 23/627
Performance: Good
Suit: ZOOT Speedsuit
Course: Rectangular
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:01
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:59:51 | 24.85 miles | 24.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/81
Overall: 3/627
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: This was a new course for this race and they finally have found a decent route which is the correct distance. For years, this course was a bit short and then last year, due to light rail contruction, it was too long by a few miles and VERY technical with a lot of dangerous corners and 180's. It's till technical, but had longer straight sections. Flat and fast.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:40:04 | 06.21 miles | 06m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/81
Overall: 12/627
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops around Tempe Town Lake on the rec path and sidewalks.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4