TriUtah Women of Steel Triathlon - DuathlonOther

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American Fork, Utah
United States
In Training
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 40m 34s
Overall Rank = 387/597
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 95/138
Pre-race routine:

The usual PBH sandwich and coffee when I left home. Then after I got transition set up, I took a gel and drank some water while standing in line for the last-minute port-a-potty break.
Event warmup:

Huddled in the back of a friend's minivan watching all the crazy people setting up transition in the rain!! The transition area had assigned spots for each athlete, so we were inno hurry. We had the heater on, the hatch open, the radio blasting and just hung out, staying dry, having a good time. A couple other friends dropped by now and then.
  • 11m 42s
  • 1 miles
  • 11m 42s  min/mile

It was pretty chilly when we started this run, but thankfully the rain had pretty much stopped. I think they did this run primarily to get all of the racers spread out a bit before the bike started. But then again, they started 100 people at a time, 30 seconds apart!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I took it easy--tried to keep some in reserve for the bike, which is the portion of the event I was most worried about.
Transition 1
  • 03m 41s

Ugh, two shoe changes in this race!! At least my feet weren't wet, though. Didn't run with the bike. I was actually tring to get my garmin reset for the bike segment. Plus, it was a bit of a bottleneck getting out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

Get the velcro strap for my garmin so I can take it off and play with it while I run with my bike...or maybe get it reset before I get to my bike in transition.
  • 48m 56s
  • 12.7 miles
  • 15.57 mile/hr

I KILLED that hill this year!!! Both times! I passed soooo many people, especially on the first loop. The most fun was passibg people while I was going up the hill! Yay!
While I LOVED the ego boost, it was almost annoying. I don't see how the USAT officials could have given out penalties on the bike, but looking at the results, it looks like some were given penalties. There was NO way to avoid being less than 3 bike lengths behind the bike in front of you...and often we were tire to tire, 3 or 4 bikers wide across the road, especially on the first loop. They really should have spaced the runners out by a minute or more, that would have helped immensely on the run. I didn't quite have the fast downhills I wanted, both because of the congestion and the wet roads. It had stopped raining completely before I started the first loop, and didn't rain again while I was still biking. By the second loop, the roads were drier, and the "traffic" thinned out a bit. I managed to hit 30 mph briefly on the last little bit of the second loop.
What would you do differently?:

I was still a bit undertrained for this. MUCH better than last year (when I had to walk the uphill on the 2nd bike loop), but still room for improvement.
Transition 2
  • 02m 53s

Beter than previous races, but still not very quick.
What would you do differently?:

Hurry. More.
  • 33m 18s
  • 3.07 miles
  • 10m 51s  min/mile

By this time I was pretty pooped. My tib anterior muscle was cramping and my shins were burning, so I walked a fair amount of the first mile or so...including the hill. I was REALLY glad to have my garmin. I loved knowing how fast I was actually going. I felt like I could have used some more energy, though. I had a gel in my pocket, but no water, and by the time I got to the aid stations my tummy was feeling a little funky. Plus, by that time, it wouldn't have helped until after the race was over, anyway. I did get a second wind just about the last half mile or so. And true to form, I made a friend while I was running. :) I don't know why, but it seems to help me to be able to run with someone. And it helps that I'm the chatty social type, too. :) Max pace was about a 9 min mile, at the finish line of course!
What would you do differently?:

Run the uphill, only walk at the aid stations. Take a second gel while on the bike. Practice more bricks before my next race.
Post race
Warm down:

Stood in line to get my shirt and finisher's necklace and chocolate, downed some water, a banana, and an oatmeal raisin cookie. Talked with other racers (of course!!) Chatted about the race, my tri club, etc. Meandered around, packed up transition, and hit a local greasy spoon for some post-race grub with Heather and Kelly.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was a little undertrained. Again.

Event comments:

I put in just the right amount of effort in this race. I finished strong, felt good afterwards, felt a little ill as the day went on (lactic acid buildup, maybe?), hydration was spot-on, hours after the race I felt like I was going to be super sore the next day, but in reality I wasn't. I felt really good! I saw an improvement in my times, by 5and a half minutes on the bike, and about 30 seconds on the run. If I can do that when I'm not completely ready for the race, I'm excited to see what else I've got in me for the rest of the season, after I get the training volume up to par. :) LOOK OUT, HERE SHE COMES!!!

Last updated: 2010-01-02 12:00 AM
00:11:42 | 01 miles | 11m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 116/138
Overall: 484/597
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Time: 03:41
Overall: Average
Run with bike?
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
00:48:56 | 12.7 miles | 15.57 mile/hr
Age Group: 70/138
Overall: 277/597
Performance: Good
Course: 2-loop course on 2-lane highway. Uphill on way out, then down on the way back.
Road: Potholes Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:53
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:33:18 | 03.07 miles | 10m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 105/138
Overall: 423/597
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4