Redman Half Distance Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Oklahoma Redman Triathlon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 5h 15m 8s
Overall Rank = 48/250
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 10/34
Pre-race routine:

7:30 start. Woke up at 4:00. Ensure and small banana with two cups coffee. Put on temporary tattoos for race numbers. Arrived at race site about 5:15. 1.5 mile walk from parking lot to transition area.

Used restrooms. It was cool so I made a conscious decision not to take too much water right before the swim.

350 Calories
  • 37m 2s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

Gun went off and swimmers around me looked at each other, "was that the start?" Yep. Ran through the mud for 50' passing some who were swimming already. Started swimming towards an orange buoy. Oops, that isn't the course. Rest of first leg I angled back to the white turn buoy. On the plus side I had virtually no rough contact with any other swimmers.

Despite plans to the contrary I had to pee through the entire swim. Tried, but could not make myself do it.

Felt like I could have pushed harder on the first leg.

90 Calories
What would you do differently?:

Prepare for sighting difficulty. Knowing that I am on course will let me focus on effort.
Transition 1
  • 03m 20s

Took too much time here. Socks should go on after bike, not before. I planned this, but confusion hit. Decided after a few disasters in practicing a flying mount it wasn't worth the potential embarrassment/injury to save ten seconds.

T1 was otherwise set up as logically and fast as possible. Took a Hammer Gel and a sip of water.

90 Calories
What would you do differently?:

Turn on bike computer, socks after bike segment.
  • 2h 43m 22s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.57 mile/hr

Stayed aero for 95%. Never dropped into the small ring. Passed a few out of T1. Went too hard and didn't hydrate or take calories until the turn around. Thinking too much about when I should stop for restroom break. Shoulders were burning a little, but my quads were on fire. I knew it too, but it's hard to see a bike in front of you and not try and catch him. Finally took a few sips of Gatorade and a gel. Threw Gatorade out at an aid station. Drank maybe 10oz of water.

150 Calories
What would you do differently?:

Calories, Electrolytes, Water. Don't know if it would have given me a better bike time, but it would have set me up better for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

I don't usually lose time in T2, so maybe I could take ten more seconds to consider hydration, restrooms, calories, etc.
What would you do differently?:

I could have used the restroom here and still finished in top half of AG. I could have also removed the rock from my sock that tagged along on the bike and half the upcoming run.
  • 1h 50m 20s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 25s  min/mile

10mm racing flats were a bad idea. Not enough electrolytes and calories was a bad idea. Running with a ready-to-burst bladder, and with a rock under my toes was... a bad idea.

I know I can run an open 13.1 in < 1.5 hours. No reason my second lap should have been a run 5 min/walk 2 min event. I will have to practice nutrition more if I do another race this distance again.
What would you do differently?:

See above.
Post race
Warm down:

Legs seized up. Could not eat anything solid. G2 and coke with some broth. Post-race masseuse was great. I was recognized the next day as "ice bath boy." Great, I'm that guy now. Shuffled to bike, and suffered the 1.5 mile walk back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nutrition mostly. That and I need to harden up.

Event comments:

After the race I said I'd never do another of this distance again. Two days later I am making plans to finish 20 minutes faster at the next one.

Last updated: 2011-09-27 12:00 AM
00:37:02 | 2112 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/34
Overall: 0/250
Performance: Average
Suit: Zoot Fusion Full Sleve
Course: Single loop counter clockwise triangle. Short distance between buoys on back side. Orange buoys used for sighting filled with water and scattered. Unusable to sight. White, pyramid buoys at each corner were difficult to spot against overcast sky, white swim caps from first wave, and no landmarks on horizon. However, given these conditions, course was properly handled by race directors. Don't know what else they could have done.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:20
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:43:22 | 56 miles | 20.57 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/34
Overall: 0/250
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: One loop. Rolling hills. Nothing steep. Rough chip and seal for parts of course. Some holes that could take out tractors. However, the race crew marked them so well that you would have to be completely oblivious to hit one.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:50:20 | 13.1 miles | 08m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/34
Overall: 0/250
Performance: Bad
Course: Two loop course. My only complaint about the race logistics it that I thought we would have more restrooms on the course. I finally found an open one around mile 8. Otherwise the volunteers went above my greatest expectations. They even lied and said I looked good, when in fact, I looked the opposite.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5