Black Diamond Olympic Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Black Diamond, Washington
United States
45F / 7C
Total Time = 2h 35m 1s
Overall Rank = 63/303
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 14/30
Pre-race routine:

Ate, drove to the park, set up.
Event warmup:

jogged a bit & stretched. Wondered why I didn't pack more 'disposable' clothes to wear on the shore so I wouldn't freeze waiting for my wave.
  • 24m 1s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 28s / 100 yards

The worst washing machine yet. (out of a whopping 6 tris & 2 OW races) Decided I don't like double-loop courses. Too many turns and it's too easy to catch multiple start waves (those ahead as well as behind) during the swim.
What would you do differently?:

run folks over. I was too nice & stopped to look for a seam. So I was probably 3-400yds into the race before I got any clear water.
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

I was a bit cold & had a few brain fades. Grabbed my helmet right away - wait, I have to put on a shirt. That type of stuff.
What would you do differently?:

Stick with the plan. Keep moving.
  • 1h 16m 58s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.37 mile/hr

I was hoping to break 20mph on this course. Missed by a couple minutes, but I'm pretty happy with it, considering my legs were frozen for the first 4-5 miles from the swim & air drying.
What would you do differently?:

practice, practice, practice. and maybe ride less during taper week.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Did OK. Decided to slow it down after messing things up so bad during T1. Everything worked out OK.
  • 49m 17s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 56s  min/mile

I felt a lot more tired than my race a couple weeks ago. I probably should have scoped out the course a bit more before the race so I wasn't wondering when the finish would come - it was hidden pretty well by the trees until the last 2-300 yds.
What would you do differently?:

take more water at the aid stations.
Post race
Warm down:

walked around for a while. drank some water, poured some water over my head, grabbed some grub.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

possibly a poor taper, but mostly newness to the sport.

Event comments:

Race announcements were spotty because the wireless mikes they were using kept malfunctioning. The swim course was very narrow for the size of waves that were being run. Swag sucked. Post-race food (by the time the Oly racers got there) was pretty bad (someone said the oranges looked like they'd been pre-chewed), except for the strawberry shortcake cups. I expected better food, especially since it was billed as BBQ and they were charging $5 for spectators to get food.

Last updated: 2009-08-30 12:00 AM
00:24:01 | 1640 yards | 01m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/30
Overall: 25/303
Performance: Average
Suit: zoot tri-short
Course: 2 loop diamond. very close to shore which SUCKED with 180+ people aiming to the same place.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:04
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:16:58 | 24.85 miles | 19.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/30
Overall: 129/303
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Not bad. A few hills, but they weren't very long.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:49:17 | 06.21 miles | 07m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/30
Overall: 76/303
Performance: Average
Course: Starts out on the shoulder of a road, enters a short section of old road dirt road, returns to another road, back over the dirt road, back to the road to the park & a 1.4 mile forested trail run around the lake.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3