Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
Total Time = 3h 06m 6s
Overall Rank = 495/640
Age Group = 15-19
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15, showered, ate a bagel, checked my transition bag, and headed out around 4:45. Got to the parking lot around 5:15, but didn't get shuttled over to the race until around 5:45 so I was a bit rushed. I waited in line to go to the bathroom for a little bit but then the announcer asked people to start clearing the transition area. I hadn't even started setting up yet! So I skipped the bathroom line and set up my transition area. Realized I forgot my saddle bag with my bike computer in it, so I would have to race without it. Otherwise set up went fine.
Event warmup:

I didn't get a chance to warm up at all due to being late. I sure did learn my lesson there. Always try to get to the transition area when it opens to avoid any rush.
  • 31m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

The first section of the swim was great and I managed to fall into a rhythm and swim in a straight line, but after I rounded the first buoy my goggles were foggy and giving me a glare from the sun/water and I couldn't see where I was going for the life of me. I tried to stop and de-fog them and that helped for a bit, until they got foggy again. I ended up zig-zagging all the way through the second section of the course, mostly just trying to follow others. The third leg was slightly better, but I felt slow and my heart rate was far too high. The whole time I had to pee but couldn't make myself do it while swimming.
What would you do differently?:

I would have liked to get a warm up in. I tried using anti-fog spray on my goggles and for some reason that didn't work, but next time I'd like to find a better solution to that problem for next time. I also need to try keeping my HR down a bit more. Learn how to pee while I'm swimming.
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s

This was a good transition overall. No problems getting the wetsuit off and everything else together. I got onto my bike and into my shoes easily and was on my way.
What would you do differently?:

Keep practicing and do them faster.
  • 1h 15m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.72 mile/hr

I highly enjoyed the bike leg of this race. I felt like I was going much faster than in my last race (ended up shaving off 15 min, from 1:30 to 1:15) so that was good. It was a nice confidence booster to be passing people during the second loop (even though they were either slower/later wave international athletes, or sprinters. I managed to keep my HR within the target zones for the most part, and my legs felt fresh going into the run.
What would you do differently?:

Nada, just keep training more and getting faster on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

Another good transition. I got out of my shoes easily and rode on the tops of them into transition. Swept my leg around the back and did a flying dismount (never practiced those before! Oops!) but it worked perfectly. Racked my bike, took off my helmet, threw on my running shoes and belt and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 15m 15s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 07s  min/mile

I still need to work on my run because I didn't have enough energy to get me all the way through the run without walking. I made it 3 miles before I felt a need to walk, and then after that I had to walk/run for the rest of the race. I missed my target time of 3 hours by about 6 minutes which was disappointing, but I was glad to improve on my last time of 3:18.
What would you do differently?:

Keep on running. I also need to work on my mental toughness to break through those times where I'm struggling and want to walk. More aerobic base training should help.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit and sipped some water and Gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I wasted too much of my energy early in the race and didn't have enough to get me all the way through the run. My heart rate wasn't unnecessarily high, I just felt like I had run out of the energy to keep going for more than a few minutes at a time. I managed to push hard for the home stretch through some calf cramps and finish strong though!

Event comments:

This was another good learning experience for me. I learned that I need to get to the race as early as I possibly can to avoid any rush with getting ready. I think that definitely increased my pre-race heart rate going into the swim. I also learned that I need to figure out how to keep my heart rate down during the swim because that's the point where I think I wasted too much energy. More training and more experience should help with this. I missed my goal time by 6 minutes or so but that just means I'll have another chance to do it in the future!

Last updated: 2009-08-16 12:00 AM
00:31:14 | 1640 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 312/640
Performance: Below average
Avg: 173 Max: 189
Suit: 19 Pipeline
Course: Counterclockwise triangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:36 | 24.85 miles | 19.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 398/640
Performance: Good
Avg: 173 Max: 186
Wind: Some
Course: Two loops on some very nice, smooth roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:15:15 | 06.21 miles | 12m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 587/640
Performance: Bad
Avg: 175 Max: 188
Course: Run along a closed highway for the first 2 miles (out & back) and then an out & back along the lake shore. The course was nice and flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5