Emmett's Most Excellent Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Emmett, Idaho
United States
Boise Aeros
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 43m 46s
Overall Rank = 98/241
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 18/25
Pre-race routine:

I slept good the night before the race and woke up early. PB on toast, half a banana and coffee for breakfast. Got packed up and drove to Emmett. The rain started falling pretty hard about half way there and it continued to drizzle as I dropped off my running shoes at T2 and headed up to the Start/T1 area. Arrived comfortably early and had plenty of time to check out the swim exit and transition area. By the time the race started, the rain had stopped and the weather was perfect.
Event warmup:

Just a few light stretches and then about 100 yds of swimming.
  • 33m 17s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

This was a good relaxed swim for me and a decent time, although I was hoping to finish in less than 30 minutes. I could have pushed a little harder throughout the middle portion of the swim, and I got a little off track on the backstretch.
What would you do differently?:

Stay closer to the buoys, try to draft a little bit, and push a bit harder.
Transition 1
  • 02m 20s

A good, but not great, T1 for me. There was a long run from the swim exit to the transition area, and I still had a little trouble getting my suit off of my heels, but not as much as in my previous races.
What would you do differently?:

Wetsuit off faster. Shoes on faster.
  • 1h 14m 26s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.03 mile/hr

This was a solid ride for me and my best ride of the year. I probably should have pushed a little harder on the first 2/3rds of the course to take advantage of the downhill section and the slight tailwind, but I was afraid of not leaving enough in the tank for the run. I averaged right at 20 mph which was my goal.
What would you do differently?:

I just need to keep training to increase my speed.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Pretty smooth transition for me. This was my third race of the year and I'm getting comfortable enough with the process now that I can consciously try to move faster rather than just focusing what needs to be done.
What would you do differently?:

I really didn't practice transitions this season. I think practicing a bit will help me move a bit faster and shave 30 to 45 seconds off of my transitions (combined).
  • 52m 49s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 31s  min/mile

This was a great run for me. My best run time of the three olympic distance races that I did this year and not far off my 10k PR from back in May. Starting the run, I was concerned that I had pushed too hard on the bike, but by the time I hit the ~2 mile mark, I was feeling really good and just tried to keep a steady pace with short, quick strides. I took a few sips of water here and there at the aid stations.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep training to get faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Water -- lots of water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

This was a great race! Very well organized, visible officials on the bike course, lots of crowd/community support, lots of racers from beginners doing the sprint to very fast, very competitive people. I hope to do this race every year.

Last updated: 2009-08-19 12:00 AM
00:33:17 | 1640 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/241
Performance: Good
Suit: QR Ultrafull
Course: Pretty simple out and back, keeping the bouys on your right side. There was a little confusion at the start as to whether we were supposed to turn around at the last buoy or a nearby sailboat, but I just figured that I would follow the crowd.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:20
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:14:26 | 24.85 miles | 20.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/241
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Starts off with a little bit of downhill and then levels out except for a couple of very short climbs. There was a bit of a tailwind on the first 2/3rds of the course and then a headwind on the last 1/3rd. I really enjoyed this course -- very little traffic, good roads, nice countryside.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:54
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:52:49 | 06.21 miles | 08m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/241
Performance: Good
Course: Two laps starting in town, going through a residential neighborhood and then around a park. I liked having the run split into two laps. My only criticism is that I would have liked to have had mile markers along the course, but it wasn't a big deal because I at least knew when I was half way.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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