XanGo Echo Challenge - TriathlonOlympic

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Coalville, Utah
United States
Tri Utah
Total Time = 2h 34m 57s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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  • 31m 47s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

I really sucked this swim up. I believe that the course may have been a little long considering that I average 1:42-1:45 per 100m on long straight swims in the pool. A 20+ second per 100m speed difference in the OW? I don't think so! I did have a problem getting into my groove, but not that bad. I feel like this swim was not indicative of my conditioning.

So the gun goes off and there's a group of elite racers that started 10 meters ahead of my wave. I took off like the rest of the group and had an average first few hundred meters. There was a little more jockeying in the start than I'm accustomed to, but nothing that shook me up too much. I caught an elite chicks foot right in my head, but I just quickly popped my head up for a second to regroup and then took off again. After rounding the first buoy, I knew that I wasn't swimming my best, but I knew that I needed to push if I wanted to win my bet with Mike. I came out of the lake and made the dumbest decision of my triathlete life: I had a wetsuit stripper pull my suit off. The reason I say that my decision was stupid was because this lady managed to destroy my Quintana Roo Superfull wetsuit. Yes, you read that correctly, she destroyed that suit :(. There is a huge tear in the seam and body of the suit in the shoulder/chest region. Yeah, I didn't realize that until after the race. I think that a kick in the nuts would have felt better than realizing that my wetsuit was destroyed.
What would you do differently?:

Honestly, I'm not too sure. I pushed myself and just didn't have it all like I normally do. I think that my swim was not a complete bust, I was still near Mike, which meant that I still had a shot at winning out personal race.
Transition 1
  • 02m 59s

T1 consisted of a few hundred meters of running to my bike, so my time isn't as bad as it looks, but it still wasn't blazing. I generally sandbag the transitions because I like to go out with everything rather than freak out about a few seconds of time and forget something important. I also like to take a second to watch people freak out like they are competing for the overall at Kona; it helps me relax and laugh a little. If anything, I stay lighthearted about my race and enjoy it more.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing; I have no desire to look like most people in the T areas.
  • 1h 13m 35s
  • 24.9 miles
  • 20.30 mile/hr

The first half of the bike was killer! We took off and after dropping two large hills, we started the climb, and it didn't end until the turnaround. I had a hard time climbing, but so did everyone else. I felt like I did terrible on the first half, but on the way back, I came on strong. I passed quite a few people, including a pace line of men on their uber expensive tri bikes and wheels. I take joy in passing people with bikes that cost more than my car :). I was semi frustrated though because I have been averaging in excess of 21 MPH on my rides recently, so I was hoping to post a faster overall time.
What would you do differently?:

Umm... work on focusing a little harder. I kind of zoned out on the first half because I wasn't doing well.
Transition 2
  • 03m 37s

Again, I sandbagged the transition and had a little altercation with a dude that tried to rack his bike where I was in the process of racking mine. Yes, he tried to run in front of me while I was in the process of racking my bike. I asked him what he was doing and he said "racking my bike." I asked him if he didn't seem me racking my bike when he butted me out of the way and he started to cop an attitude. I then told him that he could move his bike or fish it out of the lake because I wouldn't hesitate to take a few extra seconds to run his bike down there and chuck it. Well, that solved the problem. Then I put my shoes on, took a drink, and ran down everyone down that passed me in the transition area.
  • 42m 58s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 06m 56s  min/mile

Ok, so my run was actually the most frustrating part of my race. I really wanted to push below 6:20 per mile pace on the run, but I sandbagged the first few miles a little too much. I ran the first half around 7:45 pace and then started to pick things up significantly after the turnaround. I know I could have gotten a lot closer to 6:20 pace, but I am still trying to figure out how aggressibely I should run off of the bike. I like picking up the pace throughout the run, but I need to do it earlier. I was also discouraged by my overall time at this point, so I kind of turned off until the turnaround when I realized that if I wanted to even break 7 minutes, I needed to pick things up.
What would you do differently?:

Umm... come off of the bike more aggressively and pick up the pace after 1.5-2 miles.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lots of stuff. Mostly my head.

Event comments:

Don't let my race report fool you, I had a blast at this race. I just didn't hit any of my goals at this race, and I'm a very goal oriented dude. I think I had a little performance anxiety, but I shouldn't, because I tri because it's fun, not for another more serious reason. I kind of finished my race season for the year. I still have two more Olys to do, but I'm spending the rest of my season focusing on building a huge base for next year so that I can bump up to Marys and 1/2 IMs next summer.

Last updated: 2006-06-06 12:00 AM
00:31:47 | 1500 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Suit: Quintana Roo Superfull
Course: Counter clockwise triangle, 2 loops
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:59
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:13:35 | 24.9 miles | 20.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back. 2300+ feet of climbing. Challenging, but I really like challenging courses because they push me harder (duh!)
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:37
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:42:58 | 06.2 miles | 06m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat, sunny, and dusty
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4