SGTRI - TriathlonOlympic

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St George, UT, Utah
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 28m 22s
Overall Rank = 87/357
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 12/29
Pre-race routine:

Day before - 5 hr drive to St. George - tried to eat as healty as I could while on the road. - Friday night in St. George I ate at Olive Garden - Spaghetti & Meatballs - Ate 1/2 of everything - Left feeling just perfect. Just sipped on water until bed-time. Turned in about 9:30pm.
Morning of - Woke up at 4:30am and downed 3 cans of ensure, 1 blueberry bagel (plain), 1 banana. Went back to bed - although I never completely fell asleep - It was nice just to relax. Got up about 5:15 and had one more can of ensure. I got to the reservoir at 6:30am (about 2 1/2 hours before the start) and it was perfect - had plenty of time to get everything in order without feeling rushed - continued to sip on H20. About 1/2 hr before the race I switched to Powerade.
Event warmup:

Did some skipping/run combos in the parking lot. I entered the water about 10 min before start time and just did some quick drills (finger tip drill & swimming w/closed fist)
  • 25m 26s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards

Being my first open-water swim since last Fall, it took me a couple of hundred meters to relax. Once I did - all went well.
What would you do differently?:

Try and get more open water swims in prior to my first event.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

I'm not sure what constitutes a good transition - but everything felt fine.
What would you do differently?:

I saw some people with the shoes already clipped in - and not wearing socks - maybe thats my next hurdle.
  • 1h 07m 56s
  • 20.51 miles
  • 18.11 mile/hr

I've ridden "The Hill" before at the St George Century Ride in February so really no surprises. Had some lower back pain - I think cause by a bad night sleep the night before I left for St. George, along with a 5-hr drive - nothing I couldn't push through however. From the start I had to pee, which, considering all the ensure, water & powerade, I shouldn't have been too surprised when it hit - the dilemma? Push through or lose time. I decided to push through it and address it on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Hit the potty room right before the race-start. Also, I did not ride as well as I would have liked. I think it's time invest in aerobars and a new seatpost/seat or break down and get a Tri bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 54s

Invested in $6 pair of Yankz right before the race. It was a gutsy move considering I'd never ran with them before, and since it was race day I was just sure that something would go wrong or they'd be too tight. . . . or something. Now I can report, I wish I had these last year. No more fumbling around w/shoe laces. Transition seemed good, other than I forgot to put on my HR monitor. Decided to push off with a full bladder and figure it out later.
What would you do differently?:

Goes back to getting used to riding and running w/no socks to cut down a little time.
  • 50m 48s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

I felt so good during the run - My plan was to start out at around a 9mm and then speed up as the bricks under my legs began to feel normal again. I started out at around a 7:50mm and I kept thinking "This is way too fast for me to be running" but I actually felt like I was holding myself back in spite of my pace. As I approached some of the hills I moved back to above an 8 mm, but not for lack of energy - I just felt that I could not sustain that pace and at some point I'd run out of gas. By the time I hit the turn-around I actually had more energy than my start but I was still worried about hitting the wall. Between mile 4-5 I was on a downhill stretch but I still held back because I knew there was a decent climb to the finish line. Once I hit the turn up to the finish I picked up the Pace - Even running up hill and a sub 7:30mm I felt great. Then once I had the finish line in sight, and the help of the crowd I did a sprint to the finish. When I crossed, the only thing I kept thinking was that I have never felt this good after a run and I had tried to hard to pace myself - I didn't "leave it all out on the field". Within the first 100 yds I had forgotten about my full bladder until the finish. Not sure why but it helped not having to deal with that issue.
What would you do differently?:

I think I was too afraid of losing it - so my plan was to Pace - I just think I could have paced a little faster.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked from the finish line to the other end of the parking and back (hit the potty along the way) - some stretching, though not as much as I should have. I got side tracked and forgot to get back to it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My own fear of hitting a wall.

Event comments:

Being my first Olympic-Distance it was just the kind of race I needed. I think "leaving some out on the field" has invigorated me for the next event. I'm excited for the Cache Valley Classic in June to see if I can build on some of things that were haunting me on this race.

Last updated: 2010-04-12 12:00 AM
00:25:26 | 1640 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/357
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca Equip
Course: 2 laps - Counterclockwise - Water was great - I like it on the cold side so the 62 degree was fine with me.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
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
01:07:56 | 20.51 miles | 18.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/357
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Out and back - Beautiful ride. Other than "The Hill" there were no major climbs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:48 | 06.21 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/357
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back- I'm not sure but my watch calculated the distance @ 6.45 miles which is consistent with my official Pace time, so I'm not sure what the difference is. Some small hills - nothing too bad.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4