TriWaco Olympic Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Waco, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
88F / 31C
Total Time = 2h 18m 6s
Overall Rank = 189/332
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 17/28
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5am, got ready at the hotel. Ate a Strawberry Stinger waffle and walked to the race site to set up transition. Lightning was all over the sky but word was the race would go as planned. Jack did his usual rules spiel and the race started on time at 7am. My wave was at 7:26 so I had some time to kill watching the other waves take off ahead of me.
Event warmup:

Nothing much to speak of. Rode my bike the 3 blocks to the race site. I think that hardly counts as warming up.
  • 33m 59s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

There were 95 people in my wave based on the race results link. The starting line was about 15 yards wide. I ended up close to the left edge but had a row of people in front of me. The start was very chaotic. Arms and legs everywhere. Not unusual at the start but this continued just about the entire swim. I had a few hundred meters on the return without anyone to impede my progress. Rounding the buoys was a cluster. Lots of people and seemed like they were stopping. Open Water Swimming is a contact sport but this was more than expected. I passed lots of people in the wave before mine and was passed by a couple of people in the wave behind me. I think the swim was very good for me overall. I have put alot of time into my swim in the past 3-4 months. I was not really all that tired when I got out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

Try to find more space although I don't know how that would be possible.
Transition 1
  • 03m 38s

It was a fairly long run from the Brazos river to the transition area. Since this was an Olympic, I decided to go with socks so this cost me a few more seconds. Took a shark salt and took off. My bike was racked close to the bike exit so I had a really long run to my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out a way to take my Shark Salt once I get on the bike.
  • 38m 7s
  • 12.55 miles
  • 19.76 mile/hr

I thought the bike went very well for me. I have been very close to breaking the 20mph average. It was slightly uphill on the way out with some wind at my back. Coming back was downhill but wind in the face. My pace was very good. I got my nutrition in and drank a little over one of the two bottles of Acclerade I took with me. I was a little low in my age group for time. Everyone in my age group was between 18mph and 22mph so I wasn't very far off the fasted people in my age group. I don't know how the times would have varied if we had covered the full 40k. I felt really strong during the ride so I am confident I could have kept this pace the entire distance.
What would you do differently?:

There were a few times where I had to get out of my aero bars and catch my breath. I need to stay with it as long as possible and keep my speed up.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

Right about the time I jumped off the bike the first raindrops hit me. I got out of my bike shoes a little too far from the dismount line and lost a little bit of time. Getting into my running shoes was quick and I sped through T2 as fast as I could. The fastest in my age group was 1:09 and I was middle of the pack. I can't figure out what would have made me significantly faster except running like hell on the way out.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 1h 00m 36s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 46s  min/mile

The rain was killer. It was warm, raining and the humidity was obviously 100%. I don't think I drank near enough when I had the chance. The humidity was sucking the life out of me. My first two miles were slower than I wanted but as soon as I hit the hill, everything went south. It was very intense getting up the hills. I still managed them pretty well. When I got down the hill we had navigate a switchback to reach the bridge over the river. Mile 5 was very tough even though it was flat. My body wanted to quit but I kept going. Mile 6 was a little better with the finish line in sight. I was really exhausted when I finished.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know. I think it would have been better to have the heat and no rain than the conditions we ran under. I just did not make any plans for this type of weather. I know I should have been a full minute faster per mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much. I was so exhausted I had trouble keeping my feet. I held onto the rail next to the mist fans for about 5 minutes. Drank some water and had a banana. Really suffered on the run for this race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The rain and the humidity. I don't think I got enough liquid in my system and am surprised I didn't completely shut down in the last mile and a half.

Event comments:

Jack runs a very organized race. You can always count on that. I don't know about the post race activities. Everything was soaking wet and I just wanted to go back to my room and sleep. I wish the conditions were better.

Last updated: 2012-07-01 12:00 AM
00:33:59 | 1640 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/28
Overall: 148/332
Performance: Good
Suit: N/A
Course: Rectangular course down one side of the river, cross over and swim back the other side.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 89F / 32C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:38:07 | 12.55 miles | 19.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/28
Overall: 164/332
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back down MLK. We were supposed to down China Spring road around the airport. When in T2, we were told the Olympic would only cover the Sprint distance due to bad weather to the west. We were only able to do 20K of the expected 40K.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:00:36 | 06.21 miles | 09m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/28
Overall: 212/332
Performance: Below average
Course: Through Cameron park and then up a very high hill. Race Director said it was 250 feet of elevation gain. Back down the hill, across a bridge, down the running path along the river and then over the suspension bridge to the finish.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4