Race the River Triathlon at Riverstone - TriathlonSprint

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
United States
Swim Bike Run Northwest
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 11m 26s
Overall Rank = 103/850
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 7/19
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 4am, drank a gatorade and ate a bagel and banana.
Event warmup:

Ran a half mile and stretched.
  • 12m 53s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 28s / 100 yards

My best swim so far. The current helped, and I was able to draft off people for about half the distance. Did a good job of going straight and sticking close to the buoys. Also angled directly at the ramp on shore after the last buoy. Several people stayed too long in the middle of the river and tried to make a right angle, which meant they had to fight the current.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe go harder and increase stroke rate to take advantage of the current.
Transition 1
  • 01m 11s

Went smooth, first time I've quickly gotten the suit off my heels.
What would you do differently?:

  • 31m 13s
  • 11 miles
  • 21.14 mile/hr

Not too much traffic on the first loop and it was very fast. The crowd started building on the second lap and by the third lap it was packed. Many time it was four abreast when multiple passes occurring simultaneously. Lost speed on corners because of the crowd. The rough return on Seltice was littered with bottles from all the jarring. The section through Riverstone was more technical and fun with all the turns, but you had to really be on your toes with all the traffic.
What would you do differently?:

Would have been nice to go harder, but with all the traffic it was prudent to take it easy at times.
Transition 2
  • 00m 52s

Came upon the dismount line much sooner than expected, came around a corner and there it was. Had to hustle to get my feet out before dismount. Barely got the second shoe off by the time I had to jump off and in the rush I knocked a shoe off - but I only had to go back a couple of feet to get it and only lost a couple of seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Scope out the approach to the dismount line before the race and pick a spot to start taking off shoes.
  • 25m 17s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile

Started with a good pace off the bike. The calves were tight for the first half mile but I was able to stretch them a little as I ran. Incresed pace and got down to a 7:41 for the last mile. Would have liked to average under 8:00, but was happy with my best run so far.
What would you do differently?:

Apply the pace of my third mile earlier, like after the first mile.
Post race
Warm down:

A little stretching

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, felt this was pretty close to maximum speed given the crowds on the bike course.

Event comments:

If they can change the bike course to eliminate the rough rode on Seltice, this would be an excellent course.

Last updated: 2011-06-13 12:00 AM
00:12:53 | 880 yards | 01m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/19
Overall: 156/850
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 - full
Course: The swim is downstream, in the Spokane river, so it is very fast. Two days earlier is would have been extremely fast, but they closed the dam the previous day and it slowed down some.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:11
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
00:31:13 | 11 miles | 21.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 100/850
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Three loops. On each loop, a third is cornering through the Riverstone development, a third is out on Seltice on somewhat rough pavement, and the last third is the return on Seltice which is extremely rough concrete - almost like cobblestones.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 79
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:52
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:17 | 03.1 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 186/850
Performance: Good
Course: Run is on the Centennial trail with two turn arounds. One short fairly steep hill at about the half way point.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4