Lavaman Waikoloa Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Waikoloa, Hawaii
United States
Lavaman Triathlon
76F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 44m 3s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 34/100
Pre-race routine:

Typical pre-race for me included eating a bit and starting hydration as early as possible as I tend to be cramp prone in all races, especially the warm ones.
Event warmup:

Being one of the later waves I was not able to get in the water as the delay between getting out of the water and my start time was 40 min. Stretched as best as possible at the start amongst 300 close friends in my wave.
  • 29m 30s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

My time was slower than last year despite being much faster in training. The pros went off with very little wind chop or swell and by the time we started there was a significant lump and wind chop made it a difficult swim despite being well trained for such conditions. At low tide the start was made even more difficult by the shallow water having to wait for the front of the line to start. Ended up passing many of those in front within the first 100 yds, including the Mayor of Hawaii who should have been in the back. I took an outside line as there were several hundred swimmers clogging the inside trying to make the turn that we could see from the start. This was a wise choice but limited my ability to find anyone to draft.
What would you do differently?:

Find someone earlier to draft. Take a more direct path to the turn.
Transition 1
  • 03m 16s

Transition was a bit slow following a hard swim as I wanted to get some water down. My neighbor in tranistion, despite having been in an earlier wave landed in transition shortly after I did. Fortunately he was in no particular hurry and let me finish and get out before clogging it up too much.
What would you do differently?:

This was probably a minute longer than necessary and can be reduced in fresh water swims or those with better conditions.
  • 1h 14m
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.15 mile/hr

Good ride for me though it could have been faster. I didn't push the hill as hard as possible due to all of the slow riders and this took a lot of mental effort to not be frustrated.
What would you do differently?:

Pushed the hill harder.
Transition 2
  • 02m

Pretty good transition for me. This is about my average time to make sure my shoes are on comfortably, I have my nutrition, and I get out at a good pace without feeling panicked.
  • 54m 23s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

The cooler conditions and less cramping this year lead to a better overall run. I had a lot left in the tank at the finish and was far too conservative given the cramping issues that I had last year. I could have pushed the overall pace to 8:30 likely without issue. It actually sprinkled a bit on part of the run which was a nice mental boost.
What would you do differently?:

Pushed the pace given the relatively cool conditions.
Post race
Warm down:

Hydrate and looked for other BTers

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My experience from last year having had cramps that never materialized but were in the back of my head the whole run.

Event comments:

This is a great overall race. The swim start is not really conducive to the number of participants but it works ok. Debating a retun in 2014 or to run the Keahou sister event instead. Had a very brief opportunity to meet Metafizx but couldn't find him after the event. It's always nice to have a friendly face to meet you in pre-race transition!

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Last updated: 2013-02-08 12:00 AM
00:29:30 | 1640 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 26/100
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Counter clockwise loop with a waist deep start. Unfortuantely we were at low tide and it was not a good start for anyone other than those in the front.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:16
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:14:00 | 24.85 miles | 20.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 39/100
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: The Queen K is one of my favorite rides due to the good/smooth pavement and wide shoulders. Being a late swim wave I spent much of the first 15 miles passing very slow riders who were clogging up the lane. My overall speed was good and I found my training partner and we worked together to keep the pace up as I have a tendancey to drift into a slower pace if left to my own devices. This year I was much more relaxed on the bike which definitely helped my run.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:23 | 06.21 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 47/100
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Dirt and rock to start, tree lined pavement, the cul-de-sac to nowhere, sidewalk, sand/rock/coral/sand finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4