Nathan Tempe Triathlon - Sprint Course - TriathlonSprint

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company, Inc.
Total Time = 1h 46m 55s
Overall Rank = 363/462
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 42/51
Pre-race routine:

Did not get into bed until 10:30 night before. Woke up at 3:30, ate my usual breakfast, 4 egg white omelet, 2 piece wheat toast w/ pb, 1 banana, oj, and protein shake. Moved kids to car, went through race bag one last time left house by 4:30.
Event warmup:

Just stretching.
  • 22m 1s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 41s / 100 yards

Oh my, deep water start and first ows. It wasn't pretty. From the moment jumping in the water I was having trouble catching my breath. I was worried about being slow and getting ran over, so I spent too much time trying to get to the outside and stay out of people's way. This costed me a lot of time and energy. I learned a lot about ows though. Turned out after a small adjustment to my swim stroke I could breath better swim freestyle than I was able to doing side stroke or back stroke. I think it was just getting into a rhythm and calming down. I did not feel any muscle fatigue from the swim at all, it was about my breathing.
What would you do differently?:

More ows experience, and just get in there and swim. Not going to worry about people behind me or staying to the outside. I need to learn to tread water, like before the start, better to use less energy and relax more.
Transition 1
  • 03m 6s

T1 went well. I used a mtb so I did not have bike shoes, I just put on running shoes. I do have an ankle brace that I always run in, so I put it on in T1. It was a little long, but Thanks to all helpful advice on I was able to get everything organized and went through it quickly.
What would you do differently?:

I am pleased with T1 at this point. I think in the future I will have tri shorts, and click on shoes on the bike, it will go quicker, but where I am at now, I was happy with it.
  • 55m 20s
  • 12.32 miles
  • 13.36 mile/hr

I used a mtb for this ride. This is not a good road bike. Within the first 3 minutes of the ride, the chain popped off. This happened to me 3 other times throughout the ride. I kept a slow pace and was hesitant shifting gears so it would not come off again. I felt I could have done much better if I was not worrying about that darn chain.
What would you do differently?:

Buy a road bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

T2 went really quick. I rode in my running shoes, so all I had to do here was rack the bike, helmet and sunglasses off, running hat on, then out.
What would you do differently?:

  • 25m 21s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

Run went well. I had to stop to use the rest room on the way out, which added a couple of seconds to the time. Since this was my first I ran kind of slow to make sure I was able to finish, I did not speed up until the last mile.
What would you do differently?:

The run was kind of short for me, I easily could have ran at a faster pace and been fine.
Post race
Warm down:

Smiling and trying to hunt down kids.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My bike and inexperience in the water and running.

Event comments:

I thought it would have been nice to have an aid station on the bike course.

Last updated: 2012-09-20 12:00 AM
00:22:01 | 820 yards | 02m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 356/462
Performance: Good
Suit: none
Course: Deep water start, have to swim about 50 yards out to start line, then tread water for a minute before start. Rectangle swim pattern.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:06
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:55:20 | 12.32 miles | 13.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 444/462
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: Street course around Tempe
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:21 | 03.1 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 121/462
Performance: Good
Course: Nice run around Tempe Town Lake
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4