Topeka Tinman Triathlon - Short Course - TriathlonShort Course

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Topeka, Kansas
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 41m 12s
Overall Rank = 287/337
Age Group = MenU39 200+lbs
Age Group Rank = 16/18
Pre-race routine:

@ 4:45 wake up and quick shower in Lawrence, KS. Eat Banana and start drinking 32 oz. bottle of G2 gatorade.
@ 6:30, (1.5hrs before start) eat 3/4 of a Clif Builder protien bar and finish G2.
@ 7:30, eat 1 pkt. of gel and quick couple of drinks of water.
Event warmup:

No real warmup, just stretched well and kept moving around (part nerves, part staying warmed up)
  • 19m 13s
  • 500 meters
  • 03m 50s / 100 meters

Swimming is my worst discipline, and it showed. Started with a slow pace on purpose to try to get rhythm. About 75m out, got a foot to the face and took on some water. Never really got my breath back, without flipping to back. Alternated between a decent freestyle and back to recover.
What would you do differently?:

Swim a LOT, practice in open water, tough it out better. I had a lot more left in the tank than I thought I would going into T1
Transition 1
  • 02m 35s

Slow out of the water to catch my breath, but I was able to jog up hill to transition area.
Just put on socks/shoes, jersey, helmet, glasses and moved to bike mount area. I had gel and water already in jersey back pockets.
What would you do differently?:

Be in a bigger hurry with everything.
  • 42m 11s
  • 10.6 miles
  • 15.08 mile/hr

Didn't realize top 7 of 21 gears were not engaging for first 1/3 of race. finally got them working, and everything went smoothly. Drank 1/2 bottle of water before accidentally dropping it (luckily nobody was behind me). Still had bottle on bike with G2/water mix and drank most of that throughout ride. Took 1 gel (Powerbar Strawberry Banna, and it actually tasted pretty good) with about 3 miles left on ride, and powered through end of ride.
What would you do differently?:

Get true road bike (used a hybrid) and speed up cadence throughout, and train more.
Transition 2
  • 00m 52s

Rode bike in running shoes. Easily racked bike, took off helmet and put on visor. Finished G2/water mix in bike bottle, and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I thought it was a good transition.
  • 36m 20s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 41s  min/mile

Kept a decent pace while running, but took too many breaks to walk. I was just getting too hot at times. 2nd half of run, I felt much better and could have pushed myself a lot harder.
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Only one water/aid station at turn around, would like to have had one a little more often, considering the temperature outside.
Post race
Warm down:

Light stretching.
Water, protein shake, food and a beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. Struggling at swim took a LOT out of me for the other 2 events.

Event comments:

This was my 1st triathlon, but it was fun and makes me want to do another one. This gives me a good base line to see what I need to work on (everything), and the confidence that I can definitely do it.

Last updated: 2010-06-17 12:00 AM
00:19:13 | 500 meters | 03m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/337
Performance: Bad
Suit: jammer
Course: along shore ~100m, turn right 90* another ~100m, another right 90* turn, staright for ~200m and taper back to shore the last ~100m
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:11 | 10.6 miles | 15.08 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/337
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:36:20 | 03.11 miles | 11m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/18
Overall: 0/337
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back on
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4