Marquee Triathlon - Sprint Course - TriathlonSprint

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Red Rock Co.
Total Time = 1h 23m 50s
Overall Rank = 76/192
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/39
Pre-race routine:

Double espresso, peanut-butter bagel, and half of a protein bar for breakfast. Sipped water all morning.
Event warmup:

Light stretching and a bit of light jogging.
  • 14m 26s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

First OWS triathlon! Am a decent swimmer and really wanted to experience the "washing machine" firsthand. Lined up in the front and on the left. Didn't really get bumped, and 100 meters out the field thinned a bit. Got into a good rhythm and consistent swim, passing a few of the swimmers from the first wave. As I approached the last buoy I took a blow to the head - a guy came out of nowhere and seemed to surface like a submarine and hit me pretty good. I kept going but for some reason he stopped. Rounded the last buoy and sprinted to the steps out of the water. Volunteers pulled me up the steps, wetsuit strippers were super helpful and FAST.
What would you do differently?:

Not swallow so much Tempe Town Lake water.
Transition 1
  • 02m 6s
  • 38m 2s
  • 12 miles
  • 18.93 mile/hr

Down Rio Salado, up McClintock, and out onto McKellips for a nice ride. Was a bit jealous of the OLY and HIM athletes that got to ride the Beeline, but maybe next time. Was my first race on the tri bike and felt good. Stayed aero except to take a drink and a few sharp turns. Had a Vanilla Orange Roctane (those things are delicious) about 15 minutes before run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 50s
  • 27m 24s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 50s  min/mile

My weakest link. Came off the bike feeling good and tried to push it on the run - but I am a slow runner anyway. Should probably think about speedwork or interval training at some point. Otherwise, felt fine until appx. 100 meters from the finish line. Had to make a 180 degree downhill turn and must have taken it awkwardly. Left quad cramped up something fierce, followed by the left hamstring. This put me on the ground. Rubbed my leg a bit, got up, and just muscled through the finish. Felt fine after finishing and stretching, no issues. The spectators cheering me on and encouraging me after I got up were awesome.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure what caused the cramping. I know I was hydrated, and the Roctane had a good bit of electrolytes. Stretched before the race too.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched, had some pretzels and oranges, drank some water and gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cramping on the run.

Event comments:

Fantastic race. The organization and number of helpful, encouraging volunteers was awesome. It made my day. The volunteers and Red Rock Co as a whole are total pros. Only two complaints which are minor compared to my great experience - by the time I racked my bike on Saturday they'd run out of medium shirts, and they didn't give out visors this year as swag. Otherwise, this race was tops.

Last updated: 2012-01-26 12:00 AM
00:14:26 | 820 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/39
Overall: 51/192
Performance: Good
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:06
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:02 | 12 miles | 18.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/39
Overall: 68/192
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:50
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:24 | 03.1 miles | 08m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/39
Overall: 157/192
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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