Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
Total Time = 3h 18m 30s
Overall Rank = 626/663
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 60/61
Pre-race routine:

I don't really have a pre-race routine yet. I am brand new to triathlon and this is my second race ever. Ate a half a bowl of oatmeal and drank some fluids for nutrition and hydration. Being a type II diabetic I wanted to be sure not to screw up my nutrition before or during the race.
Event warmup:

Set up my transition area, put on my wetsuit and jumped in the lake for about 200 meters, then out and waited for my start time at 7:04AM
  • 36m 47s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

This is the second TRI of my entry into the sport and I'm still a little frustrated that my lake swims are slower than my pool swims. I was comfortable throughout the race, however it is frustrating to swim regular 2:05 to 2:15 100s and then swim 10 to 15 seconds slower in my wetsuit in the races. Oh well, I am a noob and loving it. If you don't TRI you wouldn't understand.
What would you do differently?:

More swim training
Transition 1
  • 03m 37s

This transition was much better than my first TRI two weeks prior to this and it was a much larger transition area so I'm calling this good. Popped a salt tab in transition to be sure I would not dehydrate on the bike. I'm a sweater.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 14m 1s
  • 21.5 miles
  • 17.43 mile/hr

22 miles, double loop of the sprint course. Relatively easy bike course and I should have pushed it harder. I should have pushed harder on the bike course. There was more to be had by me, but being only my second TRI I'm still learning my race pace. Drank 1 20oz G2 and about another 15oz G2 and one Goo while on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 43s

I still only had road bike shoes and so taking my feet out while moving is a no no for me. I'd crash for sure based on the type of retention system. I've since ordered TRI specific shoes in hopes that I can transition faster. It's almost impossible to run well with bike shoes on, so with these I'll be out of my shoes before I get off of the bike. :)
  • 1h 20m 23s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 56s  min/mile

I still don't run well due to my weight and lack of sufficient run training. It was still a fun run and I enjoyed the TRI to its' fullest. Somewhere on the run a new friend caught up to me and encouraged me along for a while until I just couldn't keep her pace. Thanks Maura. During the run I took two water cups at 1.5 miles drank 1/2 of each and dumped 1/2 of each on head and chest. Same water intake at 2.5 miles then out around 4 miles and that was the last water station on the course. There probably should have been water at each mile. It did get warm on the run course.
What would you do differently?:

More run training and work harder on my weight loss plan.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a water bottle and a G2 at the finish line and didn't know which to drink because of my diabetes and not knowing what my blood sugar was. Jumped into the medical tent and asked the Gal in there if she could check my levels and it came back a 107, Perfect. My race nutrition was right on so my end of race blood sugar was right in my target zone. I like to be just a small bit high when I workout or race and 107 is right there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall lack of experience. I'm a noob remember.

Event comments:

There should have been 1 or 2 more water stations on the run course.

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Last updated: 2012-01-07 12:00 AM
00:36:47 | 1640 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 0/663
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra 4 full
Course: Lake Andrea, counter clockwise triangle loop.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:37
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:14:01 | 21.5 miles | 17.43 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 0/663
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly flat course with few small hills on closed and open roads. Road condition was good, course was well marked and fun to ride.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:43
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:20:23 | 06.21 miles | 12m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 0/663
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: 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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4