Topeka Tinman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Topeka, Kansas
United States
Sherpa Sports/Ultramax Events
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 18m 55s
Overall Rank = 83/212
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 7/18
Pre-race routine:

A nice drive to Topeka through some pretty country. The clocks in Lawrence all said 80! I was ready for a hot one! I was very surprised when the announcement was made that the race would be wetsuit legal, I said what the heck, I bought it, I may as well use it. I kept pouring powerbar endurance (drink) down my neck because I knew that the sweat loss was going to be a factor. Walked around the race area to familiarize myself with transitions and where the run and bike left from.
Event warmup:

Walked, stretched, jogged stretched, swam a quick 100 then headed to the start.
  • 12m 38s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 32s / 100 meters

Good first open water swim in competition. I really enjoyed it. Next time I will get after it a little bit more, but I had a good swim.
What would you do differently?:

Push it a little bit more, but not too much.
Transition 1
  • 00m 32s

I just removed all of the swimming paraphernalia, put on socks and shoes put on the helmet and shades and ran out of the transition area then jumped on! I felt pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

I could have gotten out of the swim gear a little quicker, I will practice this one.
  • 34m 33s
  • 10.8 miles
  • 18.76 mile/hr

I am just not fast on the bike! I need to work on it. The course was not ridiculous, it was just not a well tuned engine! I will get after it.
What would you do differently?:

Train like a cyclist.
Transition 2
  • 01m 36s

Good transition. I had done this transition before so I felt good. I need to figure out how to get my shoes off before I get off of the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to get out of my shoes while on the bike.
  • 28m 9s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

A good run, I just could not push any faster. I gave it all I had, and I guess 9:05 pace is all I had.
What would you do differently?:

Train like a runner
Post race
Warm down:

walked around and put whatever I could find that was liquid in my body. I ate a brat and headed back to the house.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really, just training a little harder and smarter. I guess the IT band issue in late May and the lost couple of weeks of running could have hampered my ability to push the run a little faster. All in all, my second triathlon and I finished about 5 minutes and 5 places off of the podium, I am fired up about that! I can get those 5 minutes in a years time, but I might not be a clyde. I don't really care about that, just getting fit, and I am more fit now than I have been in the last 12 years. That is what this is all about.

Event comments:

A good race. I personally could have used a drink station on the run every quarter mile instead of one, but that is just me. A great company and a great race.

Last updated: 2010-06-11 12:00 AM
00:12:38 | 500 meters | 02m 32s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/18
Overall: 42/212
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex
Course: Rectangle with buoys on the right, very well defined and explained, but not very well measured. Some had the course at up to 700Y! I wish it were more correct because this is my 'baseline' open water swim, now I will have to see what happens at the next swim to see how slow I really am! I was third out of the water for my group.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:32
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
00:34:33 | 10.8 miles | 18.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/18
Overall: 115/212
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: good country roads, intersections well monitored.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80!
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:36
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:09 | 03.1 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/18
Overall: 0/212
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back along Lake Shawnee, a little hilly but nothing too bad.
Keeping cool Bad 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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5