Tempe International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 38m 16s
Overall Rank = 216/550
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 28/50
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30 am, showered, shaved, and hopped in the car. I don't eat before races...nerves and food in my stomach make for a bad combination!
Event warmup:

Mulled around, got my timing chip and body marked.
  • 32m 53s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m / 100 yards

I couldn't see anything in the way of buoyees on the first half of the course due to the sun being in my eyes (typical of the Tempe races). I swam really hard (wanting to beat my 54 minute swim from the previous year). By the final 200 m, I was thinking to myself, "I'm done, exhausted, and can't imagine doing anymore." By the time I was up the steps and on my way to transition, I felt good again.
What would you do differently?:

Hang out by the stairs and listen more closely for my wave...I was very rushed at the start.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

I was full of grass and dirt from the transition area, but didn't care...I just put on my gear and took off!
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 12m 43s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.50 mile/hr

I hammered the bike in this race! I was pushing a little too hard, but knew that I could power through the run, even if I cranked on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe fuel a little bit more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

In spite of not being able to find my gear after coming into transition (and having a public display of frustration), I still managed to be in and out of transition very quickly!
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I know exactly where my gear is.
  • 48m 43s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

This is where I got really angry and frustrated! I was running 7:30 miles and right at mile 3, my heart went into atrial fibrillation. I had to stop and sit down on the side of the course while all the people that I had picked off, passed right on by me. I couldn't get my heart to convert back to a normal rhythm, so I got up and toughed out the rest of the race with an irregular heartbeat :(
What would you do differently?:

See a cardiologist some day and get the extra pacemaker tissue in my heart cauderized
Post race
Warm down:

Waited for my friend Richard, Dan (Santa Clause), and my beautiful wife to cross the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My damn heart!

Event comments:

Despite my cardiac issues, I still managed to knock 36 minutes off my time from 2009 :)

Last updated: 2010-03-22 12:00 AM
00:32:53 | 1640 yards | 02m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 0/550
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot Fuzion
Course: Rectangular out and back.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:19
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:12:43 | 24.85 miles | 20.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 0/550
Wind: Some
Course: Mostly, fast and flat with a few hairpin turn-arounds.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:48:43 | 06.21 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 0/550
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops around Tempe Town lack...fast and flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4