Tempe International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
90'sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 55m 13s
Overall Rank = 375/550
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 58/79
Pre-race routine:

I left my bike in transition at around 3:00pm on the day before the race which made for a fairly easy transition set up on race morning. Sunday morning I got up at 5:20am and downed a rather unappetizing cliff bar and washed it down with some water. My right leg (which has been battling an inflamed iliotibial band for the past 3 weeks) felt pretty good. My wife and son dropped me off at transition at around 5:50. The transition area closed at 6:20 and I just barely got out of there in time. Unfortunately I forgot to put the CO2 cartridges on the back of my bike so if I got a flat now, I was out of the race.

Event warmup:

This event is my second triathlon. My first was an olympic distance in March 2010. I was definitely feeling more relaxed and confident than the first time around.
  • 28m 30s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Wow the water was warm! Well maybe 75* is not exactly warm, but compared to the 57* waters of my first triathlon, this felt like a Roman bath! The other big difference between this tri and my first one was the size of the field. The Tempe International Triathlon had more than 6X the competitors and the swim was going to be much more crowded than I have ever experienced. However, this time, I had much more confidence in my swimming ability and did not have any of the nervousness or uncertainty that I experienced the first time around. The first part of the swim went well for me. I was relaxed and found a good cruising speed that I could easily maintain. My "seat-of-the-pants" meter told me I was doing around 1:40/100m. Right after the turnaround though, my goggles started to really fog up and I was having trouble sighting the buoys that marked the course. Unfortunately, I started swimming towards the wrong buoy and was cutting diagonally across the course. After a while, I started to notice the lack of swimmers around me and decided to stop and take a look around to get my bearings. Uh-Oh! I was in the center of the rectangular course. I hauled butt back to where the other swimmers were and accidentally slugged someone in the face as I merged with traffic (if that guy is reading this, I'm really sorry). That little navigation error definitely cost me precious time.
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time reviewing the course. Figure out how to better prevent goggle fogging!
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

Although the transition area was much bigger than the one in my first race a few months ago, I had memorized where my bike was and was able to find it rather quickly. That being said, everything was much more crowded and I ended up taking a little more time to get my bike gear on.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Maybe hustle a bit more...
  • 1h 13m 7s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.39 mile/hr

No complaints here. The weather was gorgeous, the course was relatively flat, there was little wind and my legs felt great! The only people passing me looked like pros and were riding bikes that probably cost more than my car. The course was a bit technical but it was very well marked and completely closed to traffic. Luckily, my tires held out and my fears of DNFing were unwarranted.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 6s

Meh...Ok time considering the size and crowding in the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Again, I probably could have hustled a little more...
  • 1h 09m 13s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 09s  min/mile

Sigh....It was inevitable. After being at sea for over 3 weeks, my shipment of "FAIL" finally arrived LOL. At about mile two of the run, my right knee turned to me and said "what you talkin' 'bout Willis?" and completely blew up. OW! With my sights and my resolve set firmly on the rest of my racing season, I decided not to risk permanent damage and quickly throttled back to an easy jog. I could still finish this thing, darnit! So, shuffling along, looking like an 80 year old with bladder problems and stopping every mile or so to stretch, I finally hobbled across the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Borrow someone else's legs! It was frustrating to be so full of energy and be confined to a virtual crawl because my IT Band decided to crap out at the perfect time! I really felt that I had a sub-50min run in me. Oh well- there's always next time.
Post race
Warm down:

Because my run was such a leisurely stroll, I didn't feel the need to do any warm-down routine. My run was the warm-down!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My bum runners knee. I have 3 weeks of break between now and the beginning of my half-iron training for September. I plan to rest my leg and do stretching and strengthening workouts. Hopefully I can put this ITB nonsense behind me.

Event comments:

Despite the fact that I had a disappointing result due to mistakes and injury, I still had a really great time! The event was well organized and the weather was awesome. In the end, this event has only reinforced the fact that I am a Tri-Geek for life. I LOVE THIS SPORT!!

Last updated: 2010-05-18 12:00 AM
00:28:30 | 1640 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 0/550
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 Full
Course: A slightly bent rectangle in Tempe Town Lake. Going into the sun on the outbound leg made for some difficult sighting.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:24
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:13:07 | 24.85 miles | 20.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 0/550
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: A rather complex 2 lap circuit winding around both sides of Tempe Town Lake. The course was closed to traffic and very well marked.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:06
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:09:13 | 06.21 miles | 11m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 0/550
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 lap circuit winding around both sides of Tempe Town Lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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