Grandman Triathlon - Triathlon

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Fairhope, Alabama
United States
Grandman Triathlon
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 19m 53s
Overall Rank = 20/560
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/31
Pre-race routine:

Wasn't sure I would be able to race after my bike crash a week before the race. Felt really bad for a couple of days before starting to come around on Wed. before the race.
This is our local race and only 2 miles from the house. Left about 5:20am to get a good parking spot. Race numbers were by seeded swim time so I was racked near a bunch of teammates which was fun

Event warmup:

It was a warm morning and I was sweating while setting up transition. Ran about a mile and did some strides then a short swim. Couple of quick showers moved throguh which made the humidity even worse.
  • 09m 34s
  • 587 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

Solid swim for me. Pushed a bit but never uncomfortable. Pleased that I sighted more consistently than in typical swims. I'll put this one between average and good.
Transition 1
  • 01m

Solid transition. Put bike shoes on in T1 since there is a steep hill right out of transition
  • 45m 41s
  • 18 miles
  • 23.61 mile/hr

After about 2 miles of the bike I was all alone since there were not that many people starting in front of me on the swim. One of my teammates, a really strong cyclist, passed me at about the 6 mile mark. I decided I would neeed to stay 400-600 yards behind him on the bike if I was going to catch him on the run. This was good in that it kept me focused on my effort with no other racers around. Bad in that I may have pushed a bit too hard on the bike. AP245/NP249
What would you do differently?:

Strange but my bike split was slower this year with 4-5 higher watts. Looks like times were a bit slower across the board on the bike as compared to 2012. Maybe the heat/humidity. Weather was perfect in 2012
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

Didn't get out of my shoes on the bike due to steep hill into T2. Solid T2. Grabbed visor and race belt and put them on on the way out
  • 22m 50s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 13s  min/mile

I can't remember feeling so absoulutely whipped on a run. I was 1:30 slower than 2012. Totally shot at the finish. The run was 3.1 miles of total suck. Looking at the results of guys I race with/against a good bit it seems most run times were 1:15-2:00 min slower this year. Again...heat and humidity??
What would you do differently?:

Don't know if I pushed too hard on the bike or just got crushed by the run. Either way the run had me in a dark place.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat and stewed in my own juices for a few minutes. Wife and son said I looked pale. Got a massage. Visited with friends and teammates. Always a great after race setting/party.
Waited around for awards. Teammate got grandmasters win so I bumped up to first in AG for award purposes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wreck the week before the race?? Heat, humidity, lack of mental toughness, being many ways to rationalize it. Overall in looking at the results I did fine. Just didn't feel like it during the race.

Event comments:

Hard to beat a well run race that is so close to home where you get to race with your friends and team. Great day for the Gulf Coast Tri Team with lots of hardware!

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Last updated: 2013-04-10 12:00 AM
00:09:34 | 587 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/31
Overall: 32/560
Performance: Good
Suit: Team tri suit
Course: We jumped off one of the lowere fingers of the long pier then swam about 200 yards to the south. Left turn to the East toward the beach. Best course so far for this race which usually is a combo swim/aqua jog due to water depth. I was 42nd into the water based on swim seed time I provided.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:45:41 | 18 miles | 23.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/31
Overall: 14/560
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Steep hill out of transition and continues uphill for most of the first mile. Next 6-7 miles have rolling hills then remainder flat back to transition
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 91
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:50 | 03.1 miles | 07m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/31
Overall: 38/560
Performance: Bad
Didn't even want to look at my HR as I know it was sky high.
Course: Steep, life sucking, soul crushing hill for about .30 mile out of transition. Left turn with continued general uphill to the 1 mile mark. Turn around and back the same way. Eventually down the steep hill for a right turn then to the end of the park and then back along the Bay.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5