RAGE Triathlon - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
BBSC Endurance Sports
66F / 19C
Total Time = 2h 56m 23s
Overall Rank = 70/185
Age Group = 55 - 59
Age Group Rank = 6/11
Pre-race routine:

Loaded the van up the night before with what we could, found out I had a flat on the rear of my bike so thankfully I didn't have to deal with it race morning. Got to the event about 6am and did my usual several trips to T1 to set up my area. Trip 1 take the bikes, towel and some of the hydration, trip 2 wetsuits and the rest of the hydration. Set the shoes on the left side of my front tire area, (the side I would be coming in from on the bike) I should have had my water bottle there as well. Filled my aero bottle with ice ten topped off with water, frozen bottle on the down tube. Helmet slid over the aero tube bottle and ready to go. Oh put my wet suit there and went back to the car to change into my race stuff. I took my timing chip off of my top tube and put it on my ankle on the first trip to T1.
Event warmup:

Went down to the swim start and got in about 10 or 15 minutes prior to the start and swam 2 to 5 minutes prior then found out our wave was delayed about 10 minutes, no biggie.
  • 28m 17s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

One of my best swims time wise, felt it could have been a lot better with better navigation. The course had way more turns that were necessary in my opinion. It really was full contact swimming which surprised me for a relatively small wave start,,,,, Honu with me and 1,900 of my and Lance's best friends should be interesting.
What would you do differently?:

A little longer warm up
Transition 1
  • 03m

I don't jump on the bike, I do have my pedals attached and stand on the non-drive side and sling other foot over and onto the top of that shoe and usually ride like that until I get off the hill then I put my shoes in and put my sun glasses on. 2nd fastest T1 time in my ag. pretty happy with this, I could run faster in transition but that's about it. Oh, I got my helmet on I was like, what else do I need to do,,,,, oh yeah, nothing lets go.
What would you do differently?:

Get the wet suit off a little quicker, not stop and think about what I forgot.
  • 1h 28m 48s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.79 mile/hr

I suck at hills, I need to start having hills for breakfast. I need more TITS Time In The Saddle.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more
Transition 2
  • 02m 25s

Pretty disappointed with the few seconds lost here. Instead of putting the bike on the rack by the back of the seat I tried to just put in frontwards on the pursuits but the aero bottle was in the way, a few seconds here, didn't have the shoes opened quite enough and no baby power in them, water bottle was on the wrong side of the bike and should have been right next to the shoes. I think in ag I had the 4th best time, should have been 20 seconds or so better. I almost forgot to take my helmet off and I could have unstrapped it on my way to the rack.
What would you do differently?:

Think about my transition or mentally rehearse it in the last couple of miles of the bike. I did that coming in on the swim.
  • 53m 56s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

Love loved loved the run, people complaining about the heat made me like it even more. Rough Rocky Sandy ankle twisting first 2 miles and the last 1.5 mile loved it! I think one of the things that really benefited me was having my own ice cold water for the run, I refilled it at the turn around and it seems people getting water at the aid stations are giving me a couple of seconds at each one. At the last aid station a group of about 4 or 5 of us had kind of come together and when they got their last drink about a mile or just over to go I pulled ahead of them but felt them on my heels, all younger guys, but I guess 90% of the field was. Anyway, with about a half mile to go on the rocky road I heard someone say something about ice cold water,,,,,,,, well of course I had to say as I held up my insulated water bottle got some right here!!!! Possibly a mistake, it felt like they started gaining on me right after that. At this point I didn't honestly know if I could hold that pace the rest of the way, HR was up the high 160s to low 170s, I also saw two guys running together that I thought if I could keep it together I might have an opportunity to overtake at the line,,,,,,, The boys were still behind me and I was just gassed, but in true smart ass fashion I said in a loud voice, "don't trip on the rocks" and it felt as if those words found listening ears as it sounds as if the footsteps behind me got quieter. Just after that a nice lady said don't let those kids catch you and that was just what I needed, somehow I found yet another gear and was able to pick the pace up in the last two to three hundred yards, pulled away from the kiddies behind me and passed the two in front of me with about 10 yards to the finish,,,,,,,, my apologies to the those two yelling out "Road Kill" :).... I think the last mile of the race was the highlight for me. Thanks to the guys behind me for pushing me and the two in front of me for providing the carrot I found out I was able to hold a lot faster pace and a lot higher HR for a lot longer period that I thought,,,, Oh yeah and because I was finished.
What would you do differently?:

Probably not much, maybe push just a little harder earlier but that may not have panned out to well.
Post race
Warm down:

Chocolate Milk, hung out with friends (ChrisM, met Tricopolus) in the shade and drank a lot of choco milk and gatorade. Then found Pam (who got 3rd in her ag) and took my bike and other junk to the car, changed and went to the food tent, then the beer garden,,,,,,

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall I was pretty happy with the race I think this is the first time I've gone sub 3 hrs in an oly. My weak link is obviously the bike and with where I'm at in all 4 disciplines the bike is where I need to and will be focused on the next few weeks leading up to Honu.

Event comments:

Nutrition on this race I had placed two gus on the bike and had two gus in my tri top and one big bottle of high concentrate Gatorade in transition. I only had one gu on the bike and one gu on the run and a protein bar just before the swim, it seemed about right. Hydration was a the aero bottle and a frozen bottle on the down tube plus a frozen bottle in transition for the run.

Here is a link to the Overall M&F finishers.


Last updated: 2011-12-08 12:00 AM
00:28:17 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 0/185
Performance: Average
Suit: Promotion
Course: Just plain messed up,,,, go out to the first little buoy, make a right, go to the next big buoy make a left go to some other buoy keep it on your left, go the green buoy make a left then I swear 4 or 20 other turns or some shit, most confusing swim course ever. During or just after the swim briefing while we were in the water just before the start of our group someone said the more she talks the more confused I think everyone is getting. I said here it is (in my loud deep voice) go to the first orange buoy and make a right go the next orange buoy and make a left keep swimming a ways, then stop and say where the Heck am I,,,,, it was a lot funnier I guess if you were there. :)
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:28:48 | 24.85 miles | 16.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/11
Overall: 0/185
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly, it's a good course, keeps people pretty well separated with the hills. For the first race with this bike, I was very happy, able to stay in aero the whole way only came out a couple of times for strategic reasons.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 81
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:25
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:53:56 | 06.21 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/11
Overall: 61/185
Performance: Good
Course: Uphill to start on some pretty rocky and sandy soil the first mile or two then asphalt, the last mile and a half of it is the same rocky sandy rough road, I actually like that stuff pretty well.
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] 3