Redman Half Distance Triathlon - Triathlon

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
RedMan Triathlon
79F / 26C
Total Time = 6h 39m 30s
Overall Rank = 343/499
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 58/67
Pre-race routine:

Had my usual race morning breakfast: 2 pieces of gluten free cinnamon and a banana. Ate a Zone bar about an hour prior to my swim wave.
Event warmup:

Got to Lake Hefner about 5:30. My only complaint is parking 1.5mi away from the race transition. Not a biggie, everyone had to do it. Plus, if we all have to park there to use that great lake, then it's worth the "warm-up" walk.
  • 50m 17s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards

This was my first half distance race so I took it easy on the swim. My job was to get out of the water in decent shape and I did that. Each wave is called out to the ramp and then ordered into the water. Basically, you swim out to a buoy and wait a couple of minutes for the horn to blow. Having learned to swim just a couple years ago, I'm happy with 50min.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, with my next half I'll probably push the swim a little harder.
Transition 1
  • 03m 54s

Ate a GU pack, sprayed sunscreen, and I was off.
  • 3h 03m 55s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.27 mile/hr

I took off wanting to be patient and not go out too fast. That didn't happen. At the half way point I was averaging 19.5 mph and for me, that's great. And then, I slowed and hit a bit of a head wind. I alternated drinking water and gatorade every 15min and ate GU, Chomps, and one snickers bar. Energy was good but towards the end of the ride my neck was sore from the tri-bike.
What would you do differently?:

I biked a lot here in New Mexico but I need to do more. More saddle time.
Transition 2
  • 04m 57s

Had to use the restroom (which is good).
  • 2h 36m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 58s  min/mile

My fastest half time is 2:00:02 (yes, I missed breaking 2hrs by 2 secs). With this race I didn't run fast (obviously) but I ran the whole time. I walked when I got drink/food but that's all. I am proud of that. I stuck to my drinking and food plan and it worked for me. I need to work on more bricks to get my legs prepared . It took 3 miles for my legs to come around.
What would you do differently?:

Run more!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, got a drink and some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This being my first half, my goal was 7:00hrs and I beat that. Obviously, I know where I can improve.

Event comments:

I have to say, the volunteers at this race are absolutely the best I have ever encountered in a race. Hands down! Everyone was great and supportive. Seriously, these people deserve a lot of credit for what they did all day.

Last updated: 2013-09-22 12:00 AM
00:50:17 | 2112 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/67
Overall: 365/499
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeve-less
Course: Long Rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
03:03:55 | 56 miles | 18.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/67
Overall: 291/499
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 04:57
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:36:37 | 13.1 miles | 11m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/67
Overall: 371/499
Performance: Below average
Course: Around the lake for 2 loops
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %4%
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
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