Taylorsville Tri-Fest Half Iron Triathlon - Triathlon

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Taylorsville, Kentucky
United States
Headfirst Performance
86F / 30C
Total Time = 5h 41m
Overall Rank = 2f/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Oatmeal with banana and a little protein powder and nuts. Seems to work Stayed near the start but still barely made it to transition.
Event warmup:

Swam a little in the lake. Water temp was cool but not bad.
  • 47m
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

This was an incredibly slow swim. I didn't even count to see where I ended up. I actually felt like I was moving along, which is weird. There was a group of about 4-5 of us, but I ended up in front with them drating me for most of it. Would never have guessed how slow we went til I saw the splits. Last year I was 42- over 5 minutes slower this time.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster. Not sure what happened- I felt comfortable and like I maintained a straight course.
Transition 1
  • 01m 58s

I didn't leave my shoes clipped in this time. There's a HUGE hill coming out of transition so I did things the old-fashioned way just to be cautious. Also, remembered to put on sunscreen, which would be a godsend.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing... it was fine.
  • 2h 56m
  • 56 miles
  • 19.09 mile/hr

Had the quickest split of the women despite being 6 minutes slower than last year. I got a new drink holder, and my theory is that I didn't cut the straw enough which led to almost unbearable discomfort from mile 18 on. My neck cramped, my shoulders and back cramped, and my elbows were numb. I have NEVER had discomfort on the bike before, and this is the ONLY thing that was different so it had to be that. I also had bad right achilles pain, which has been plaguing me on the bike lately.
What would you do differently?:

Take care of the discomfort thing. Also, slow down more at the water stops because I missed a water grab completely.
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

More sunscreen.
  • 1h 55m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 47s  min/mile

Like many others, I suffered in the run. There is no shade on the course, and this was the first hot day of the year so no one was used to it. It felt like a slog fest. I poured water on my head every mile or so, but I still felt heatstrokey. About mile 9 I actually broke out in goosebumps and started shivering. Not a good sign. Anyway, the girl in first was a good mile ahead of me. I tried to make up ground, but only made up a minute or two. Lots of people were walking. It was a painful one and the finish could not come soon enough.
What would you do differently?:

Well, you can't change Mother Nature so not much.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat in the shade!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat. The discomfort on the bike, and lack of swim talent.

Event comments:

I like this race, despite the tough course. A lot of people had times 25-30 minutes slower this year than last year, so being 15 minutes slower isn't too terrible. Finished second overall to a strong girl (she's headed to Kona) so not too worried about it.

Last updated: 2014-05-16 12:00 AM
00:47:00 | 2112 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: sleeveless
Course: Two rectangles
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:56:00 | 56 miles | 19.09 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly with several steep climbs. They changed the course this year and it actually ended up being even hillier.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:24
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:55:00 | 13.1 miles | 08m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 1/
Performance: Below average
Course: Huge hill out of transition and then rolling. Out and back 3 times.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4