RAGE Triathlon Presented by Safelite AutoGlass - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
BBSC Endurance Sports
Total Time = 3h 05m 20s
Overall Rank = 98/185
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 10/14
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:20. Got ready and ate a wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana sandwich at 4:45. It was an hour ride to the race and we got there about 6. I got the bike ready and then went to help Matt set up his transition area. I got to my transition area about 6:45. The transistion was set up really wierd. They just had a road with A frames on each side for a really long way. I finally found where I was supposed to set up, and I had to squeeze in a pretty tight space. By the time I finally got everything set up it was 7:20. I went to the bathroom, got my wetsuit on and headed to the water.
Event warmup:

None. The transition set up took too long and I was trying to figure out the course. Though being in the wetsuit in that sun got a sweat going.
  • 34m 49s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 19s / 100 meters

Right from the start my navigation bit me. I overturned two of the bouys. After the first 500 meters I settled in and it felt a lot better. My first race where I got to use my wetsuit though and it was awesome.
What would you do differently?:

I definately need to warm up next time. The first 500ish meters were really tough and I think a warm up would have helped that. I need to practice a warm-up routine that will get me ready for the race. I also need to find a place around here to practice open water swim for navigation skills. I had to almost stop a couple of times to get my bearings straight and I definately swam extra.
Transition 1
  • 03m 45s

The way the transition area was set up it was probably .2-.3 miles long so most the time was running the transition area. My arms were smoked from the swim to the point it was hard to get my wetsuit off.
What would you do differently?:

The transition itself was pretty good but I need to practice a flying mount so I don't have to take the time to put my shoes on.
  • 1h 32m 12s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.17 mile/hr

Wow, the course was tough. I was pretty bad out of the transition (I almost wrecked messing with my race number and running off the road). I had a water in my aero drink, grabbed a waterbottle from an aid station and a gatorade on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

Again a warm-up would have helped, if for nothing else than making sure my bike was good (getting the number on right). I need to work on hills! I was pretty awful. I also need to get my cadence up, even though I think part of the reason the cadence was so low is cause a lot of the down hills I was going 35 mph already so I wasn't pedaling. I also wasn't able to stay in aero position very long cause my neck and shoulder muscles were really sore. I need to work them out more.
Transition 2
  • 02m 21s

Good transition. Grabbed a banana for the beginning of the run. I liked it, I had a stomach ache around mile 4 so maybe I should stick with a gel.
What would you do differently?:

It was a pretty good transition, just a long distance to cover.
  • 52m 12s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 25s  min/mile

I came out of the transition a little too quick. I also ate a banana at the beginning of the run. I had a gulp of gatorade at the 4 and 5 mile marks. With about 2.5 miles left I kind of got chills (goose bumps) and my sweat turned to a chalk like powder. I had to slow it down to the finish. The end was all on pretty loose sand making it a push just to maintain the same pace.
What would you do differently?:

I need to experiment more with long brick workouts to try nutrition on practice days. My stomach felt a little goofy and I'm not sure if it was the heat, the banana, too much liquid or what. Other than that, I was happy just to keep going at a decent pace.
Post race
Warm down:

The race volunteers gave a cold towel on the head and that was amazing. I went straight to the oranges. I ate 10-20 slices. Oranges have never tasted so good. After that we stopped and took pictures and then I went to the massage tent. It felt good to be in the shade. The massage felt amazing. My shoulders and neck are the most sore. After that we just had fun at the post-race meal.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to get better at hills and have more long training days to practice nutrition.
I also set goals too high that didn't consider race conditions. I need to just enjoy races and give a high effort.

Event comments:

The transition area was the worst set-up I've seen. A lot of places you couldn't even rack your bike and it was extremely crowded. It was also an extremely long transition area. Though, other than putting the fence too close to the A-frames and not clearing the transition area pre-race, the race directors did the best with what they could for the location.
The swim was great, really smart to do the wade start with the rocky beach. The bike course was difficult but enjoyable. It was well marked with aid stations at the right spots and people wathing the right intersections. The run was good, but the finishing stretch was loose sand and rocks. Other than trying not to roll an ankle, it was frustrating to try and sprint to the end.
The volunteers were great and post race activities were very good.

Last updated: 2012-03-16 12:00 AM
00:34:49 | 1500 meters | 02m 19s / 100meters
Age Group: 10/14
Overall: 0/185
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex
Course: A rectangular course marked with bouys
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 03:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:32:12 | 24.85 miles | 16.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/14
Overall: 0/185
Performance: Below average
Max HR: 177 Avg HR: 154 Min: 127
Wind: None
Course: Wow! I have never ridden hills like that. I guess riding in Ohio is a little different. It was constant hils that I could be going 35 mph without pedaling and then passing people at 6 mph on the uphill.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 69
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 02:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:52:12 | 06.21 miles | 08m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/14
Overall: 0/185
Performance: Below average
Max: 185 Avg: 171 Min: 158
Course: Very hot and uphill the whole way out and down on the back. Some asphalt and quite a bit of lose gravel paths.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4