Las Vegas Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
Mountain Man Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 31m 34s
Overall Rank = 71/290
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 15/27
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:00, had coffee, 2 egg whites, 1 piece of toast w/ light butter. Sipped water until 6:30, took a GU 20 mins prior to wave start.
Event warmup:

Swam 5-6 mins easy in the lake. I hate sharp rocks and kelpy seaweed crap that grows in lakes. Skeeves me out!
  • 18m 14s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 26s / 100 meters

Pretty happy w/ swim results. I still need to work on just swimming longer continuously. I get winded and have to flop on my back after 300m or so. Pretty sure I lost a couple minutes because of that. Water was so murky I couldn't see 2 feet in front of me. Nobody around me to draft off of after about the first 100m and I kept getting turned to the right for some reason. Guess my left pull is weak. I think I'm done w/ the full suit too. Kept feeling like I had something in my throat, or like I couldn't get my breath. Pretty sure it was the suit neck bothering me.
What would you do differently?:

Draft, swim straight, wear bib john suit.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

Had a rather long uphill run to the bike rack, suit got stuck on both legs despite me bodygliding the suit from the calves down. HR strap probably cost me an extra 15-20 seconds too, but I'm SOL until I can get a soft strap that can be worn on the swim. I would have been happy w/ 2:00 here given the distance from water to bike.
What would you do differently?:

Might cut off the bottom of the suit legs to make it easier to get out of it. Flying squirrel mount if I could get a damn flat bike mount area.
  • 38m 90s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.88 mile/hr

We had a pretty long rather steep incline to start so I put my shoes on in transition and clipped in at the mount line. I thought I crushed the bike leg pretty well, but I still didn't even average 19 mph. I'm still not very strong on the hills, but getting better. Took a turn at 27mph and didn't smear myself across the road. I dig it. My lower back, only on the right side, was really hurting for some reason and only on the bike. Maybe I need to ride more near race day? Looking at my split data, I definitely should have ridden in smaller gears, instead of mashing the bigger gears.
What would you do differently?:

Go slower. Think I went to hard and ruined myself for the run.
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

Fastest T2 for my AG. At least I did well at something :D. My wife said she snapped a pic, looked up from the camera and I was gone. I don't fuck around in T2.
What would you do differently?:

  • 31m 19s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 04s  min/mile

Run sucked ass. The only thing I can think of, is that I went out too hard on the bike. I wasn't particularly winded, it wasn't too hot, but I felt like I was gonna blow chunks and my HR was in the low 170s. That's above LT and it was all I could do to just keep running and not walk. Got passed by FIVE guys in my AG on the run. I would have made top 10 if I hadn't blown this out my ass.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster? Fuel better? Bike slower? I'm at a loss here. Same phenomenon occurred at a 1/2 marathon I ran 2 weeks ago. I have no idea why.
Post race
Warm down:

Had a couple slices of watermelon and some water. My daughter turned pale and said she felt like she was gonna puke right after I finished so we sat in the pathfinder for 20 minutes or so while she napped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

If I knew that I would have gone faster now wouldn't I?

Event comments:

Decent race I guess. Expo was lame, t-shirt was lame, finishers medal was sweet and they gave out free coffee mugs. This race has been going on for 15 years or something, but it's too hilly for me. Cut the crap out of my feet and hand on the rocks in the lake during the swim. And doesn't anybody organize FLAT race courses anymore??? I won't be back for this one.

Last updated: 2010-05-19 12:00 AM
00:18:14 | 750 meters | 02m 26s / 100meters
Age Group: 12/27
Overall: 0/290
Performance: Average
Suit: Full suit
Course: 2 buoy box
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:38:90 | 12.43 miles | 18.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/27
Overall: 0/290
Performance: Average
Avg Hr 167 Max HR 177 Avg Cadence 73
Wind: Little
Course: This course was ridonkulous. The only flat part of the entire race was the swim!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:19 | 03.11 miles | 10m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/27
Overall: 0/290
Performance: Bad
Avg HR 172 Max HR 181
Course: First 1/2 mile was uphill then mostly flat to turn around point. Out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3