Rev3 Anderson - Half Rev - Triathlon

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Anderson, South Carolina
United States
78F / 26C
Total Time = 5h 57m 8s
Overall Rank = 218/387
Age Group = 25-29 Male
Age Group Rank = 20/34
Pre-race routine:

Had to drive 45 minutes form hotel to start, so picked up a banana, muffin, and gatorade for breakfast and headed out. Had to set up two transitions, so went to T2 to set up before heading to the race start and T1. Took a little longer than expected, so by the end I was rushing and literally running around trying to get tires pumped and bottles filled before they kicked us out of the transition area.
Event warmup:

Only had time for a few stretches before they started lining us up for the start.
  • 34m 45s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

My goal was to expend as little energy as possible while still maintaining a respectable speed. I think it went pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Probably could have gone a little faster without impacting my bike.
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

Not the greatest transition for me. I was trying to make myself comfortable for the long bike ride ahead, so I took a few steps that I don't usually take in transition, like putting on gloves, heart rate monitor, and socks. Then when I put on my tri top all of the nutrition fell out of the pockets, and I only picked up a powerbar and left the rest of it on the ground. Then after running to the mount line in my shoes, I had trouble clipping in again. 12 people passed me during this transition, 3 of them in my age group.
What would you do differently?:

A lot of things.
  • 3h 04m 4s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.25 mile/hr

My goal time was a 3:30, so clearly I went too fast. I just felt so great on the bike that I didn't want to slow down, and it didn't feel like I was pushing that hard. Didn't eat as much on the bike as I planned because of dropping everything in T1, but I was vigilant about drinking enough. Also, this was my first time taking water from a bike aid station. Wow, I am not good at that.
What would you do differently?:

Slow down. My run definitely suffered because I went too hard on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 10s

As soon as I jumped off the bike I could feel how tired I was. Once I got my bike racked, I took my time putting on clean/dry socks, getting into my running shoes, and drinking some gatorade before convinving myself to get started with the run.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 12m 29s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 07s  min/mile

The run was brutal. Not because of the course, it would have been a lovely run if I weren't so tired, but from the beginning I just didn't have the energy I needed to get it done. I had to walk 3 times before the first mile-marker. Yeah, three. Not good. When I first started running, I looked down at my watch and it showed a 6:45 pace, so I tried to slow down but I could only get down to a 7:30 pace which is still ridiculously too fast for anything longer than a 5K. I basically ran about small spurts and then walked for 20-30 seconds for the entire 13 miles. The running segments started around .3 miles but gradually degraded so that for the last mile I was having trouble running for .15, and sometimes only did .1 before I had to walk. This was probably the hardest run I've ever done, but somehow I managed to finish.
What would you do differently?:

I need to work on my pacing still. For some reason it hurt more to run slow than to run fast, so I run/walked the whole thing instead of pacing like I've been practicing.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a little, then took a seat and had to try really hard to not throw up. Felt really bad until Jenn found me a Mountain Dew, which I usually don't like, but I think the carbonation helped my stomach, and my body probably needed the sugar too.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I went too fast on the bike, and didn't have anything left for the run.

Event comments:

This was a great race! Loved the course, loved the atmosphere!

Last updated: 2013-07-07 12:00 AM
00:34:45 | 2112 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/34
Overall: 82/387
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri shorts
Course: Counterclockwise loop around the lake. Four buoys to round, fairly standard.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:40
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:04:04 | 56 miles | 18.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/34
Overall: 187/387
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: A giant loop mostly on country roads. The course was open to traffic, but there were very few cars on the roads. A few patches of very bumpy road made the screws come loose on my bottle cage, which rattled for the rest of the course, making me think the roads were worse than they probably were.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 69
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:10
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
02:12:29 | 13.1 miles | 10m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/34
Overall: 218/387
Performance: Bad
Course: Two loop course. Each loop went around the civic center and then was an out-and-back down a main road, through a shaded neighborhood, and then into a small park area where the turn around was.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5