Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 45m 52s
Overall Rank = 291/609
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 44/71
Pre-race routine:

Ate oatmeal and a Clif bar for breakfast, and drank a lot of water. Arrived early (~5am), set up my stuff for transition, and walked around a bit and drank coffee. Checked my bike out, aired up the tires.
Event warmup:

Got in the water around 5:30 for a warm up swim. The lake was awesome--perfectly calm and 70 degrees. It was good for me mentally to get in the water before the start as it really calmed me down. I am a strong swimmer but this would be my first open water swim at this distance.
  • 26m 41s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

This was a really comfortable, easy swim for me. I deliberately tried to take this easy and not push it since this was my first Olympic distance and I did not want my transition or bike start to suffer from pushing too hard in the swim. This was also my first race in a wetsuit at any distance, though I had practiced a few days before in a much colder Lake Michigan. I went off course a couple of times, especially swimming straight into the blinding rising sun on the final leg of the triangle. I still turned in a time that I am happy with.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe worn darker goggles, but I doubt that would have helped with staring right into the sun.
Transition 1
  • 03m 37s

I took my time here to make sure I had everything (forgot my sunglasses at my last tri in T1). Took longer than expected to get my wetsuit unzipped, but first time doing it under race conditions/pressure so live and learn.
What would you do differently?:

More practice unzipping wetsuit?
  • 1h 18m 19s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.04 mile/hr

Overall I felt good, and this was a fast pace for me (~19mph average). It was frustrating to be passed by so many people, but such is the lot of the strong swimmer and mediocre biker. I took a couple of left turns too fast/wide and hit the gravel once, but stayed upright.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on my cornering through left turns! Also eat more gels I think.
Transition 2
  • 02m 7s

This felt like a fast transition, I don't feel like I wasted any time, so I'm not sure how two minutes went by.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. Run faster out of transition?
  • 55m 11s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

This was a fast pace for me and a tough effort. I really don't think I could have gone any faster. Course felt/looked longer than it was because of a couple of out, turn around and come back parts. Water was every 2 miles or so.
What would you do differently?:

Should have brought my own water bottle/water belt because I wanted to drink more often than they had stations. They started out with water at miles 1 and 2, but then not again until after mile 4 I think, and then nothing until the finish. It was getting hot at this point and I probably didn't drink enough on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked, stretched, ate and drank.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Uh, being a slow biker and runner?

Event comments:

This was a good race and I felt good and had a good time. Weather was just about perfect. My only complaint, and it's a minor one that others probably wouldn't complain about, would be with the infrequent water stations on the run.

Last updated: 2011-06-27 12:00 AM
00:26:41 | 1640 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/71
Overall: 99/609
Performance: Good
Suit: Synergy Adrenaline wesuit
Course: Counterclockwise around a triangle. This setup was odd to me, but it turned out OK.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:37
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:18:19 | 24.85 miles | 19.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 51/71
Overall: 0/609
Performance: Good
Averaged about 150 bpm
Wind: Some
Course: Mostly flat, with a few hills big enough to generate some good speed going down and some good effort going up.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:55:11 | 06.21 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 51/71
Overall: 0/609
Performance: Good
Averaged about 160 bpm
Course: Flat mix of roads and paved running paths through the park.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4