Maumee Bay Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Oregon, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 19m 43s
Overall Rank = 40/193
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/13
Pre-race routine:

I have come to the conclusion that I just do not wake up on time for anything. Started moving about 30 minutes late and with a 2 hour drive in front of me I had to move in a hurry. Thankfully I had packed everything up the night before and was ready to go. Made some coffee ate my usual raisen bran and made the trip to Toledo.
Event warmup:

Well I was hoping for a quick spin on the bike followed by a run after setting up transition, but my timing from waking up late was still causing me problems. I picked up my packet, used the potty and took a quick spin on the bike before heading to set up transition. I was in transition for maybe 2 minutes when they announced the transition areas was being closed for the start of the mini, there went the run warm-up. Finished setting everything grabbed my wetsuit and headed to the water. I did manage a quick 5 minute swim to warm up there so all was good.
  • 17m 31s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

Overall a fairly decent swim, early in I was in a mess of swimmers which is something that I am not used to. I normally put myself to the outside of everyone to stay clear, but this time I went straight up the middle and actually fought for some space. There were a few times where I was hit in the head, but nit really enough to throw me off. There were also a few occasions where the chop or splashing caused some issues with my breathing a I sucked down water, I had to pull back at this point and catch my breath.

overall my sighting was dead on again! I went straight for the buoy and never found my self off track. On the way back to the beach I had a little trouble finding something to sight off of so I just went with the group hoping they were headed in the right direction.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more, this is the section that is keeping me off the podium and it is about time I fix it! I was 3 minutes behind coming out of the water and that is just too much to be making up.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

Not sure where the time went, everything went fairly smooth even with the decision to wear socks.
  • 38m 17s
  • 23 kms
  • 36.05 km/hr

Effort on the bike was just about red-line the entire time. Watching my HR it never really dropped below 150 and at several points it was over 160. I had targeted 150 prior to the race so seems to have worked out well. The wind played a factor into almost the entire course as it seemed it was always in your face, because of this I decided to stay out of the big gear and use a higher cadence to keep from burning up my legs. Even with this plan I still felt a lot of discomfort in my thighs almost the entire race, I pushed myself to the edge and hung on.

overall the ride was uneventful! I caught several in my AG early on (dang swimmers) and was only passed by one person in my AG about half way through the course. This was actually the motivation I needed as I was stating to slide a bit. I pushed the effort back up and held this to the entire end. The rider that had passed me earlier had put a pretty good gap on me, but he faded and I caught him towards the end of the ride. But instead of passing him I figured it was a wasted effort and came off the bike about 20s behind him. This became the motivation for the run.

1 Lap = 3 miles

Lap 1: 8:29 @ 21.2 mph 154bpm

Lap 2: 8:52 @ 20.3 mph 151bpm

Lap 3: 8:43 @ 20.6 mph 150bpm

Lap 4: 8:02 @ 22.4 mph 150bpm

Lap 5: 3:31 @ 21.3 mph 148bpm. (1.25 miles)
What would you do differently?:

Not much, really not sure there was much more effort I could have out into the bike. Maybe next time try to hold a HR up around 160 but that seems excessive.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

This felt quick, but still came in at almost a minute. No major issues, this was the 1st time I used the pull strings for my shoes and that was nice not having to worry about tying them. Just slipped them in and took off.
  • 21m 7s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 13s  min/km

Holy cow, this run was Fun! As soon as I parked my bike and took off I knew it was going to be a good run. I felt almost no affect front the bike (maybe I didn't ride hard enough) and quickly settled into a good pace. Coming out of transition I fell in behind the AG guy that passed me on the bike. I thought I would just run behind him and see how things went, this lasted for maybe 1/4 mile. I then realized that he was just too slow (at a even 7m pace) and hit another gear. I passed him and just kept going. I was running hard, but it didn't really feel like it. My breathing was under control, HR rate was under control and my legs just kept churning. At mile 1 the time came in at 7:02 and I figured if I could hold that pace I would be happy, so I pushed harder to make sure I did not drop off. At this point I started passing a lot of runners, a few that were in my AG and every time this happened it just renewed my motivation, I continued to push harder. One thing that was different is the lack of time I spent looking at my watch, a few times I would check my HR but not really paying attention to it until the mile 2 alert went off. Look down and it showed a 6:55 for mile 2, holy crap I dropped 7s off my pace from the 1st mile. At this point I finally started to feel the effort of the run, HR started to climb and I could feel the slug in my chest growing and a little bit of doubt of being able to hold pace crept in. I continued to pass more runners and I kept pushing. I made it to the 2.5 mark and was really starting to hurt. At this point I fell back on self motivation. I have a playlist I use on intervals that breaks into a Army Cadence, that includes the chant "work, work". I think it is the same one they use in the shoe commercial, it also shows up in the wretched video with 2 guys yelling at you, and surprisingly it actually helped. I continued with the push, felt the mile 3 alert go off on the watch and I knew I was close to the end, I found yet another gear to push to the end. Finally found the finish line and once stopped I had to hold onto the rail because I felt I was going to pass out.

Mile 1: 7:02 158bpm
mile 2: 6:55 164bpm
Mile 3: 6:52 167bpm
What would you do differently?:

What could be done differently, this effort was through the roof, and considering I came with-in 10s of beating my standalone 5k PR it was pretty amazing. Later when I checked the mile splits and found the mile 3 came in at 6:52 and was the fastest mile I was completely shocked. I don't think I have ever ran a 5k where each Mile was quicker than the previous mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat on a chair and attempted to pull myself together, I was completely wasted.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of swim training

Event comments:

This race was probably the best race I have put together to date. Normally I have something I am salty about, but this time I am satisfied with my effort. There no thoughts of I should of done, or I should of pushed harder. One. Thing to note, this race coincided with day 200 of my running streak. I have ran at least 1 mile everyday since thanksgiving day. I can't help to think that all of the consistency is starting to pay off.

p> the final point for this race! I checked previous years results and thought that I had an outside chance at a podium spot, everything would have to go perfect but an outside chance none the less. After seeing the results it shows even more how much I need to work on swimming. I came out of the water 3 minutes behind the guys that wound up in the top 3 spots. On the bike I held strong, gave up a minute to the 2nd place guy, held even with the eventual winner and made up over a minute on the 3rd place finisher. Then came the run, the AG winner was definitely a runner as he turned in a 19:36, but I made up another minute on the 2nd place guy and 1:30 on the 3rd place guy. The lesson learned? I finished 20s off of a podium spot after spotting them 3 minutes! I need to swim more, 20 freaking seconds!

Last updated: 2014-06-11 12:00 AM
00:17:31 | 750 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/13
Overall: 93/193
Performance: Average
Suit: Full
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:50
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:38:17 | 23 kms | 36.05 km/hr
Age Group: 4/13
Overall: 30/193
Performance: Good
1 Lap = 3 miles</p> Lap 1: 8:29 @ 21.2 mph 154bpm Lap 2: 8:52 @ 20.3 mph 151bpm Lap 3: 8:43 @ 20.6 mph 150bpm Lap 4: 8:02 @ 22.4 mph 150bpm Lap 5: 3:31 @ 21.3 mph 148bpm. (1.25 miles)
Wind: Some
Course: Large rectangle, completely flat always into the wind!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:56
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:21:07 | 05 kms | 04m 13s  min/km
Age Group: 2/13
Overall: 14/193
Mile 1: 7:02 158bpm</p> mile 2: 6:55 164bpm</p> Mile 3: 6:52 167bpm</p>
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]