Redman Half Distance Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Oklahoma Redman Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 6h 51m 41s
Overall Rank = 180/227
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 21/29
Pre-race routine:

Sarah dropped me off at about 6AM to walk down to the transition area. The walk was cool and dark along the lake. I looked out on the fullish moon with eagerness. I wanted to get this thing on and I was a little nervous about how my body would hold up.
  • 50m 56s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 25s / 100 yards

27 out of 29 in my age group is poor and I know it. I was getting passed by people two waves back. I know this is my weakest sport, I really need to work on it in the winter. I also know that because the swim is shortest my weakness does not hurt my overall finish time too much. Still, this is not an excuse.
What would you do differently?:

My lack of sighting ability cost me time as I had to zigzag through the course always over-correcting. My swim stroke must be uneven and I just don't notice it as much on the 25 yard pool at the gym. This was an improvement though over past open water swims as I did not have to be coaxed back on course by volunteers on kayaks.
Transition 1
  • 03m 42s
What would you do differently?:

Need a towel to dry my feet before putting on socks.
  • 3h 36m 25s
  • 56 miles
  • 15.53 mile/hr

Ouch, I did not realize I was 28 out of 29 slow in my age group. I know I lost about 10+ minutes on 6 port-a-potty stops. I think I over-did the hydration a bit in fear of getting cramps like my last 50+ mile ride. Another aspect that definately cost me time is not having aero-bars on the bike. I noticed almost everyone else using them to cut down on wind resistance. Maybe I will look into getting some for next year.
What would you do differently?:

Finally, I can't overlook the most important factor in this and that is my engine. I just need to get more miles in and work on my speed in those miles. I also would push more next time, I was just too worried about quad cramps so I eased up the last 10 miles, just to make sure I would finish. 15 mph just won't cut it for a decent time.
Transition 2
  • 03m 47s

I did not really practice transitions so I did not do any of the above techniques to shave time. But, on a 70 mile race, does saving a minute really matter that much at my level?
  • 2h 16m 53s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 27s  min/mile

17 out of 29, not too bad. This is where I redeemed myself a bit. Although, the time was not great, I have run a 1:42 half marathon before, I am most pleased that I did not have to stop and walk during the run. I did stop four more times as port-a-potties to pee, so over-hydration came into play here as well, but these quick stops gave me additional bursts of energy and something to take my mind off the pain. I was slowed somewhat by twinges of cramps in my quads and hamstrings, but nothing strong enough to force me to stop and stretch, so that was good.
What would you do differently?:

Definately, more bricks. I only did one in my training, strangely I don't remember jelly legs like I was expecting, but I was just slow all the way aroiund.
Post race
Warm down:

rushing to collect my finishers jersay and get out of there with my wife and 3 month old baby. They had been out in the sun for 2.5 hrs and were hungry. I did not stick around for anything else. A massage would have been nice, but I was not about to make them wait another 30 mins.

Event comments:

This was so well organized and I really like the atmosphere and people there to help.

Last updated: 2010-09-28 12:00 AM
00:50:56 | 2112 yards | 02m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 27/29
Overall: 0/227
Performance: Bad
Suit: tri shorts
Course: a loop around bouys
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:42
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:36:25 | 56 miles | 15.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 28/29
Overall: 0/227
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: mostly flat. 2 loop course in which the roads were about 70% good and the other 30% was like a martian landscape.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:47
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
02:16:53 | 13.1 miles | 10m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/29
Overall: 0/227
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loops along the lake on a combo of asphalt and concrete trails. It sure was tough going back for that second loop.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
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] 4