East Fork Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Bethel, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 2h 22m 54s
Overall Rank = 17/130
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 2/6
Pre-race routine:

No routine. Arrived in plenty of time. Picked up my packet yesterday, so I didn't have to stand in the crazy long line. Yea.
Event warmup:

Did a short swim to see how the new speed suit felt....and it felt good.
  • 28m 18s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Right from the word go, I hurt myself! Stubbed my right big toe on the timing mat running into the water and actually thought I broke it. I hit the water limping and started swimming, and after about half the first lap, the stabbing pain went away. Trying out my new speed suit I got for the IM, and it worked fine. I felt compact and snug, but there was no noticeable advantage with it that made me faster. In fact, my time was 2 minutes slower than last year. Hmmm. I felt fairly smooth, but was not the best on navigating. I'm not MR. SPEEDY in the water, which is proven by my 69th place overall. I need to push this harder.
What would you do differently?:

Not really sure. I wore the speed suit to test it for IM, but the wet suit may have been the difference. No big deal.
Transition 1
  • 01m 47s

Felt pretty good here. Went smoothly. Only 3 seconds slower than last year. No big deal. I don't see where I'm loosing any time here, except I put on socks, which I need and it probably is the most time consuming thing I do.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really
  • 1h 09m 20s
  • 23.61 miles
  • 20.43 mile/hr

Good ride. Took over 3 minutes off last years time, so that's nice. I pushed it a bit for most of the ride and was fairly aggressive. I'm still no speed demon on the hills, but I don't suck either. For much of the ride, I was passing a lot of people from the waves that went off before mine, and only twice did I see and pass people I started with, so I was beginning to think I could possibly be the leader. Ahhhh, fleeting thoughts of greatness. Everytime I would see someone in front of me, I made it my mission to catch and pass. I never was passed on the bike, and for me, that was awesome.The last 3 or 4 miles, I hooked up with a guy I passed. We kept passing each other every couple of minutes, so that pushed us both to the end, which probably gave me my better time. Nice to have someone to push you along. In the end, I beat him to transition by a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

WOW, that was fast. Nothing to do but throw off helmet, change shoes and run out. I put my race belt and hat on while I ran. Did this one 18 seconds faster than last year, so I'm learning.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I had the fastest T2 time of my AG. Zoom!
  • 42m 30s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 50s  min/mile

This felt effortless. Even the hill at the beginning felt fine. I ran out of transition while putting my hat and belt on, did the loop near the lake, then up the hill, which many were walking up. I hit the flats, let my legs drain the lactic acid, and a few seconds later, pushed into gear. My plan was to chill the first mile to get my legs back, then start pushing it. The plan worked fine. During the run, it occurred to me that I "felt" overtrained for this race, and that made me feel great, cause THAT is what I came here to feel. I wanted to know everything was on track for the IM, and this run was confirming it. I was putting in some 6:30s minute miles in the middle, and after that bike ride, I could feel nothing but elation. Before the race was even over, I felt "mission accomplished". I finished the first loop and saw Mary and the kids. They were yelling for me, and that's the juice I always look for and to get me to the finish. Up the hill I went again, hit the flats and with a mile to go I opened it up. By the end, I ended up taking about 40 seconds off per mile, for about 4 minutes off last year. Perfect. I'm ready.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Hung out with family, drank water, met friends, congratulated Larry for beating me...bastard! :). Ate some snacks.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The only thing that "may" have helped was the wet suit, but I was using the speed suit specifically for today for a purpose, and it all worked out fine.

Event comments:

I had more friends show up at this race than ever before. It was great seeing everyone and cheering for each other. Met some "new" friends as well. Mary and I used to do several of these every year, and I can see why I miss it. Still, I wonder if the IM training is what it takes to raise me to this level, or if I could train JUST for short races and still do as good. I think next year I'll find out. I'm hoping to have more training time, as I retire in 30 days. We'll see what 2011 brings.

Last updated: 2010-07-19 12:00 AM
00:28:18 | 1640 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 69/130
Performance: Average
Suit: speed suit
Course: 2 laps
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:09:20 | 23.61 miles | 20.43 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 16/130
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: On big loop. A few good climbing hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:42:30 | 06.21 miles | 06m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 11/130
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops. BIG hill in the beginning, then flat, then downhill back to transition, then do it again.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4