Nathans Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Nathans Triathlon
Total Time = 2h 00m 10s
Overall Rank = 217/282
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 48/63
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45. Grabbed a fiber one bar and a banana. Got to the race in plenty of time.
Event warmup:

No warm up.
  • 38m 7s
  • 820 yards
  • 04m 39s / 100 yards

My swim was a nightmare. The last time I swam in this lake was last year. At that race I freaked and started back stroking. During my backstroke I turned my self around the wrong direction. The lifeguard had to come tell me i was going the wrong way. Today was my day to redeem myself. I was ready. I timed my 750 on Friday in the pool wearing my new trisuit. 18:30. I felt good. I knew I could do it.

When my wave got into the water I just freaked out. I couldn't get into a rhythm even getting to the start bouys about 50 meters out. What a mess. My heart was pounding, I couldn't get my face in the water, describe a bad swimmer and you describe me.

When we get the green light to start swimming I try to get going. People are running into me and I freak out again. I had to flip onto my back probably within the first 4-5 minutes to calm myself down. I'd swim on my back but it didn't seem to get me very far. Then I'd start turning the wrong direction. I probably added time b/c I was zigzagging down the lake! The wave after me was the OLY distance pros. I was so slow they started coming out and I freaked out again. Getting run over a couple times was scary.

I tried to calm down when I turned the corner. Nothing seemed to help. finally in the last 100 - 200 meters I started swimming. FINALLY. By that time it was too late. I doubled my pool swim time. UGH!
What would you do differently?:

I think I need to get a swim coach and do more open water swims. If I could tackle this swim issue it would really help my overall time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 55s

I went sockless so that sped things up. I had one glitch with my shoe. I couldn't get the tongue out.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster to get where I was going
  • 43m 8s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.69 mile/hr

I felt awesome on the bike. I had speeds ranging from 10-24 mph on the course. The couse had lots of turn arounds so we had to slow way down to flip direction. I feel great about my bike time. I haven't ridden in a while due to personal issues so I'm happy with my performance.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more and practice more before race.
Transition 2
  • 02m 44s

This was slower b/c I was trying to get my socks and shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster
  • 33m 40s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 52s  min/mile

I was able to get a nice groove quickly. I was able to pass people a few people. I walked at the water stations only.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster
Post race
Warm down:

I felt really good for about 20 minutes. All of us a sudden I had a headache, then I felt dizzy, then I felt sick. My bro-in-law was able to help me get to a shady spot. I was a hot mess! I finally got to the point where I could stand up to move my bike to the car and I got sick 3 times! Embarrassing! I really need to work on hydrating better. I couldn't drive myself home so I went to my in-law's home where my husband and kids met me. They all nursed me back to health. I was better by about 1:00.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I really need to hydrate better.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this race. I can't think of what would make it better. The volunteers were great.

Last updated: 2009-09-27 12:00 AM
00:38:07 | 820 yards | 04m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/63
Overall: 273/282
Performance: Bad
Suit: TYR Trisuit
Course: Rectangle OWS in Tempe Town Lake
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 01:55
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
00:43:08 | 12 miles | 16.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/63
Overall: 121/282
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: flat but lots of turn arounds
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:44
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:33:40 | 03.1 miles | 10m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/63
Overall: 190/282
Keeping cool Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
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