Black Diamond Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Enumclaw, Washington
United States
Race Center Northwest
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 47m 54s
Overall Rank = 110/230
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/19
Pre-race routine:

I was racing this event with a good friend who happened to be in my age group. He's a more experienced triathlete than me but I definitely had the edge with more training. I crashed at his place the night before and we drove out together. In keeping with the motto 'nothing new on race day' we had a nice lasagna dinner the night before, including a few glasses of wine and then several cups of coffee the next morning to get moving. I ate a Clif bar at home.

We arrived to find the event crowded, as we expected. We had about an hour and a half to get our packets and get setup. This went fine but a bit slow.

We had been really concerned that it was going to be very cold since before the sun came over the treeline the temp was in the 40s. But there wasn't a cloud in the sky and once the sun came out it warmed up nicely. Basically just in time for the first wave at 9am or so.
Event warmup:

Went for a very short jog in my flip-flops looking for alternate restrooms when I found the porta-potty line was too long. Otherwise, no warmup.
  • 31m 53s
  • 1500 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

The swim was just average for me. I had only swam this distance wihout rest breaks a couple of times in training and I've had a handful of open water swims so I was just trying to finish. The sun was out the whole time which made it nice. I thought doing two laps may make it akward but the various waves were spread out enough that it was fine. I cruised for the first lap and then tried to put on a little more speed for the second.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 04m 44s

I tried using a little Pam spray this time and it helped with getting the suit off. I had planned to try to speed up my transition times from my first tri this spring but this was about the same time. I did hurry and didn't have any big time lags. In retrospect I beat 9 out of 19 of my age group so I guess this was about on par with my ohter splits.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster from the water.
  • 1h 15m 26s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.76 mile/hr

Though I heard others describe the course as 'flat to rolling hills' it felt pretty hilly to me. This was my first race with my aerobars. I was hoping to keep the pace over 20mph but with the 'rolling' hills this ended up being difficult. The only new experience for me was trying to eat gels while actually riding. I know I should have practiced but in training I always took a break for a couple of minutes to eat a gel. Eating was hard while I was puffing away on bike. And though I hadn't had any stomach problems when eating during my training rides I ended up feeling pretty nauseous and bloated from the gel and water. I had planned on eating two gels on the bike but only had one since I felt ill. I did drink almost two full water bottles during the ride.

In training I've struggled with some knee pain. Long and/or intense efforts in either run or bike resulted in shooting pain in my left knee. About halfway into the ride I started getting the knee 'twinge' that told me I was on my way to pain. I dialled back my effort a bit and resigned myself to a slower finish. I really should get in to see the doctor about the knee.

Even with the slower pace because of my knee I ended up gaining about 50 positions (overall) on the bike so I think I had a nice, strong ride. The weather continued to be sunny and I'd guess the temp reached into the 60s during the ride. Very pleasant overall.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 23s

As I started my dismount I almost fell with a calf cramp. I had made an attempt to spin a little more so I wouldn't feel so 'wooden' but apparently it didn't work. I regained my balance, jogged into transition, and had an uneventful T2. I took an extra few seconds to drink some water.
  • 53m 27s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 37s  min/mile

I think even though I felt strong on the bike I probably should have saved a little more for the run. By the time I started running I was battling with leg cramps (calf and thigh) and my knees were a bit achy. I started very slowly and walked the few water stations. The course was an out and back along some of the local roads and then one loop (about two miles) around the small lake that we swam in. The run was just about finishing without having to walk.

I made an effort to smile and encourage others around me since I appreciated this on the receiving end. It was a very friendly run since so much of the out and back had the runners doubling back.

My goal was under three hours but I secretly hoped for under 2:45. With about a mile to go I was at 2:38. I briefly entertained a sprint to the end but decided to just bring it home without any drama. I'll sheepishly admit that with a quarter mile to go I spotted another competitor in my age group. I stalked behind him for a bit and then put on a mini sprint to beat him by about 10 seconds. Hey, this is a race, right?

Finished a few seconds shy of 2:48.
What would you do differently?:

Try to take in more water early and pace my bike better to avoid cramping on the run.
Post race
Warm down:

As I slowed just after the finish line I made sure to get my medal (missed the medal in my first tri a few months back), got my timing chip cut off, and then nearly fell over with a thigh cramp as I reached for a water. This would be the second time I nearly fell with a cramp! Definitely need to work on my water intake before and during the race.

After a bit of walking I headed back to the finish to watch my friend finish about 15 minutes behind me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cramping, stomach issues.

Event comments:

The volunteer group that had committed to help for this race backed out the week before the race. They were headed down to Louisiana to help with the relief efforts there. While I commend that cause it still left the race organizers in a tough spot. They put out the call for volunteers and ended up hiring some workers from the local Labor Ready to man some course locations.

I think because of this they ended up cancelling the Saturday packet pickup and transition setup. This made race morning busy, and the races ended up about a half hour late. Things ran fine otherwise.

Last updated: 2005-09-26 12:00 AM
00:31:53 | 1500 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/19
Overall: 161/230
Performance: Average
Suit: Orca Predator2 full suit
Course: Two laps around a diamond shaped set of 4 buoys.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:44
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:26 | 24.85 miles | 19.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 105/230
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Somewhat hilly
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:23
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:53:27 | 06.21 miles | 08m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/19
Overall: 119/230
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4