Nathan Tempe Triathlon - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company, Inc.
100F / 38C
Total Time = 2h 23m 34s
Overall Rank = 57/560
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 9/84
Pre-race routine:

Wake up, drive to race while eating a banana. Set up transition, small talk with fellow competitors and friends.
Event warmup:

Stand around exercising my mouth.
  • 28m 32s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

The swim went as expected. My plan is always to go easy. I was trying to draft someone soon after the start until they came to a dead stop. Then I ran into them. I tried to draft a couple of other times but either they were going too fast or I ended up passing.
What would you do differently?:

I should put more effort into the swim. If I am not planning on going hard on the bike, I can use the time to recover after the swim. I also should try to find someone to draft when possible.
Transition 1
  • 01m 35s

I had a hard time finding my bike. There were no landmarks to use, and I went by my spot. Then I spent a little time putting on my arm coolers, as I plan on using them for IMAZ. They were rolled up, so I just had to put them over my wrists. It took a few extra seconds, but wasn't a big deal. I tried not to rush myself.
What would you do differently?:

Usually I find a good way to mark my transition spot like noticing a light pole nearby or something. There was nothing around. I could have put a piece of tape or something on the end of the rack to mark it.
  • 1h 01m 38s
  • 24.8 miles
  • 24.14 mile/hr

The goal was to take it easy the whole race. In the past, I would go too hard on the bike and not have much left for the run. This race was all about pacing. My target power was high Z3 to low Z4. I hit these targets very well. With all of the u-turns, it's tougher to stay in a certain zone for too long so I did the best I could.
What would you do differently?:

I'm happy with this ride. I sat up a few times to get a drink. Ideally I would stay in aero position. I also caught my power drifting occasionally, especially on a small hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

Again I took my time in transition. I wanted to methodically go through the steps since I haven't raced in a while.
  • 49m 59s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile

I wanted to keep a steady pace and not kill myself. I felt pretty good for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Drink a little more at the aid stations. I was fine for this distance, but for longer distance I would have been hurting.
Post race
Warm down:

Drink some water and eat watermelon. Then run two more laps around TTL.

Event comments:

My plan for this race was to pace myself and feel fresh afterwards. I accomplished this goal and was able to do the run loop two more times without stressing myself too much. This race was for IMAZ prep and my overall placing wasn't important. It killed me getting passed on the bike though. Most people I passed again, but there were a few that I didn't catch. The heat was also a killer and got worse as the day went on.

Overall I'm happy with how this race went.

Last updated: 2012-09-24 12:00 AM
00:28:32 | 1640 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/84
Overall: 0/560
Performance: Average
Course: Rectangular with left turns.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:01:38 | 24.8 miles | 24.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/84
Overall: 0/560
Performance: Good
Average power 221W
Wind: Little
Course: Slow course with lots of u-turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 96
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:49:59 | 06.2 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/84
Overall: 0/560
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops around Tempe Town Lake. Pretty flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4