Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 39m 33s
Overall Rank = 218/607
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 36/88
Pre-race routine:

Wake up call at 3am, some morning stretches, followed by a small breakfast bar, one bagel with PB slathered all over it, one cup of coffee, and a bananna. Unfortunately all of this was eaten about 4 hours before my race start, so it is probably not relevant.
Event warmup:

No pre race run, swim or bike. But I did expend some calories setting up my gear in transition.
  • 28m 15s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Lets start by saying I feel pretty good about my swim fitness and my confidence has grown while doing my HIM plan which has me in the water 3x a week. However, I do have this tendency to sight poorly and get myself out of position and on bad lines in open water.

So, true to form, after jumping in the water and heading out about 300 yards I noticed I was way off to the right of the group and all my myself. Oooops. Bad way for me to start which didn't really help the confidence.

However, as I continued on I made an effort to sight more often and actually did a pretty good job of staying on course. There were several times where I started passing people from waves ahead of me and it did get congested. One time someone was doing the breast stroke and I nearly swam right into her hard-kicking leg. I missed a swift kick to the head by about 12 inches and am thinking that could have been pretty nasty. I really believe the breast stroke should not be allowed in OWS simply for this reason.

When all was said and done I am very happy with this swim. I felt that after the initial navigational issues I did recover well and really got into a groove and was able to swim easily and effortlessly.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better (more often) in the first couple hundred yards.
Transition 1
  • 03m 38s

3:38...seriously? Horrible. I would love to see how I placed overall in T1 (and T2 for that matter) just for a laugh. I think the bulk of my time was wasted while I was looking for a Starbucks kiosk in the transition area.

Honestly, not sure why it took so long. Had a little difficulty getting out of the suit, but not a huge delay. Prolly more a volume issue in that I seem to do about 13,000 things when I should only be doing 2 or 3. Have to look at improving this.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 13m 15s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.35 mile/hr

Conditions were ideal today. Very light winds and fairly cool. Heat was never an issue. Roads are in good shape and the course is flat and fast.

Right up until race day morning I was not sure how hard I wanted to push on both the bike and the run. I've been experiencing some IT Band/knee issues which I believe are related to overuse. I wanted to be a bit cautious today because I don't want to further aggrevate my knee with Racine HIM coming up in about 3 weeks.

That being said, I also find that in a race setting I frequently deviate from any type of "go easy" type of plan. So in a nutshell, I did end up going harder than I wanted, but not so hard that I was dying on the bike. Overall things felt comfortably hard and I was very pleased to see I averaged over 20 mph when all was said and done.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. My first two miles were the slowest so perhaps I could have pushed a little harder right out of the gate.
Transition 2
  • 02m 33s

See T1. Actually, this one was only semi-horrible. Everything seemed to go fairly smoothly, but I need to look in greater detail in how to speed things up a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Not quite sure yet.
  • 51m 54s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile

After my bike, I was deciding if I wanted to start the first couple miles at about 9 and then come down to 8:30's for the remainder. Once I started running, things felt pretty good and my breathing was pretty comfortable. I looked down at the Garmin a handful of times and I was running 8:20's which was surprising because it felt like I was running 10's. So at that point I decided to just stick with that pace and see how well I could stay there for the entire race.

I was able to maintain this pace for the entire run and was hoping to kick things up a little bit in the last mile or two. Unfortunately that never happened because I couldn't talk myself into it. Sometimes I am stubborn like a mule...or a donkey. Regardless, I am happy with this run because it was solid for me after a swim and a bike.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Gatorade, water, & bagel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My body.

Event comments:

It's evident that Pleasant Prairie hosts a lot of triathlons because things were clearly organized and well run. In addition, with having sprint & International courses overlapping, the routes were clearly marked making turns and intersections easy to navigate even while speeding through quickly on a bike. I will definitely do this race again.

Last updated: 2011-01-01 12:00 AM
00:28:15 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/88
Overall: 0/607
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra vortex 3 long sleeve
Course: A counterclockwise triangle. My best guess was that it was a true right angled triangle and not an isosolesces, equilateral or scalene version.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:38
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:13:15 | 24.85 miles | 20.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/88
Overall: 0/607
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two to the west of start and one to the east. Not many turns & the roads were all in very good shape overall.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:33
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:54 | 06.21 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/88
Overall: 0/607
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back stick followed by a 3/4 loop around the lake and back.
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4