East Fork Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Bethel, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
84F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 18m 16s
Overall Rank = 4/71
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/9
Pre-race routine:

left the house about 5 am, banana, clif crunch and coffee. arrived around 6:15, got irritated that they made us park way out this year, and they had no swim caps - of course I took mine out of the bag, since we have to wear theirs anyway. Poured rain before the start, soaking everything.
Event warmup:

test out the bike, short jog, most of warmup time was in the water swimming around checking the sighting.
  • 24m 11s
  • 1682 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

Got a good start, and got around first buoy in a good position. Was really concentrated on form during first 200M. Once we got spread out I was having some trouble sighting, because of the rounded nature of the course. Ran straight into a swim buoy, grazed a marker buoy and two slow swimmers which killed my momentum. basically came to a full stop twice and slowed down twice. Did better on the finishing straight, sighting off the shoreline.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure how to avoid all that crap. Maybe swim one entire loop of the course before the start? Bring my own swim cap.
Transition 1
  • 01m 23s

steep hill up to transition, but I took it at a good clip. goggles and wetsuit off ok. suit was a little hard to get over the heel, but didn't need to sit down. hop onto bike was a little precarious due to the big hill at mount line.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, lube up my ankels a ton and maybe work my way up to getting helmet on at same time as peeling off suit, but I think that is still too unsteady and faster to do one at a time. make sure garmin is in multi-sport mode before the start.
  • 1h 06m 41s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.36 mile/hr

didn't have a lot of attacking spirit - unfocused. The hills were hard, people were really spread out, did catch and pass a few people on the bike, but there just weren't a lot of people
What would you do differently?:

Good enough result, but I felt flat...maybe too much beer and dehydrated the night before maybe just the weather.
Transition 2
  • 01m 1s

no problem
What would you do differently?:

drain holes in shoes.
  • 44m 59s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 14s  min/mile

stayed in-the-zone most of the run, not too hard or too slow. Especially when someone told me I was on the podium.
What would you do differently?:

recognize that the guy way out ahead of me started 10 minutes ahead. Remember I'm racing for the overall, not the age group.
Post race
Warm down:

not so much

What limited your ability to perform faster:

night before I should have limited to one beer and hydrate better. Mentally out of it - the new house is more important than racing and the little things I was getting upset with were not good.

Event comments:

I think having everyone park farther away made it much safer, so that is overall a good thing. Running out of swim caps really was not good though - if they'd have posted a note on the website, or updated facebook or email, that would have been much better. Beach at East Fork is disgusting - cigarette butts, condoms and plastic bottle caps. Had a cop try to wave traffic into me. Post race food sucked as usual.

Last updated: 2012-08-06 12:00 AM
00:24:11 | 1682 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/9
Overall: 11/71
Performance: Average
Suit: wetsuit
Course: two rectangles, that sort of bent around the coastline,
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:23
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:06:41 | 24.85 miles | 22.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/9
Overall: 2/71
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: hills
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:01
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:44:59 | 06.21 miles | 07m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/9
Overall: 6/71
Performance: Good
Course: double out and back, up a big hill and then relatively flat then back down to transition.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3