Tempe International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
76F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 20m 13s
Overall Rank = 228/269
Age Group = 30-35
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This was my first tri, so just get transition setup, and stick to nutrition plan.
Event warmup:

Not much, standing at the beach watching my wife swim the sprint course.
  • 30m 44s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

I swam an extra 100 meters or so because of poor sighting. first 700m was into the sun and I had a really hard time finding the buoy. Ended up sighting of the wrong one for a bit and got course correction. Stroke was very strong and confidence was high.
What would you do differently?:

better goggles
Transition 1
  • 09m 26s

Rear tire was flat in t1 hence the long time. I changed the tube and the tire as it was gashed. I wonder if the pre-race fill up was the straw that broke the camel's back.
What would you do differently?:

Use race wheels that aren't as worn maybe. I dunno; seemed like a fluke, but I had another flat on the bike same tire.
  • 1h 38m 35s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.12 mile/hr

I had two more stops in here because of rear tire going flat. Total moving tiem was 1:27 according to garmin.
What would you do differently?:

Carry 2 co2 cartridges. They don't weigh much. The last 10 miles all i could do was pray that the slow leak kept enough air for me to finish. And it did! I am confirming it as a miracle. This was my first tri, i would have been very sad if i had DNF'd.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

smooth transition. Tire was flat by the time I racked it!!! My wife was there to cheer me on (she had finished the sprint distance).
  • 1h 01m 24s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 53s  min/mile

It was HOT! High temp for the day was 103, it was high 80's when i was running i think. Probably 90 by the end. Aid stations every 2/3 of a mile. I dunked and drank a lot. Ran the first 5k at an easy pace then went best effort for the last 5k, which went according to plan. This run is actually only 52 seconds off my PR for a 10k. I'll take that!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

walk around, food, hydration, shade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

flat tires, bike maint, water navigation.

Event comments:

Tempe International/Tuscon Racing has gotten a bad rap in years past but this race was excellent. Well managed, on time, plenty of volunteers/aid. Course directions were good. There was a triathlon 'walk trhough' for us newbies the day before that was very helpful as well.
Oh and my race # was 314. I got to race as pi!!

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Last updated: 2012-04-05 12:00 AM
00:30:44 | 1640 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra vortex
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 09:26
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:38:35 | 24.85 miles | 15.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:01:24 | 06.21 miles | 09m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Good
Course: 2 5k loops around tempe town lake
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] 5