Life Time Tri Tempe - Sprint Course - Triathlon

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Life Time Triathlon Series
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 28m 37s
Overall Rank = 96/359
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/29
Pre-race routine:

Got to the Transition area around 6:00am. Had water to drink and 3 half peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Put on sunscreen, laid out my gear walked around and generally relaxed.
I put this race in my schedule to help prepare for the SOMA TRI, and was supposed to use it as part of my "rest" week.
Event warmup:

Just walking around, and mentally went through the race.
Watching the Paratriathletes come out of the water and get on their bikes and wheelchairs was more than inspirational, it really motivated me to work hard through the events.
  • 21m 27s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 52s / 100 meters

For the first time I was still "in the pack" during the swim. This helped boost me through the rest of the race.
What would you do differently?:

Still need to work on speed sets to improve my time.
Will bring my tinted goggles, next race.
Transition 1
  • 03m 12s

I should look into a tri-suit, different shirt or race belt when not using a wetsuit.
Getting my shirt on was really a hassle.
At the very least I need to practice this transition.
  • 37m 4s
  • 20 kms
  • 32.37 km/hr

I pushed the bike segment hard. I could have gone harder, but wanted to make sure I had enough for the run.
It was hot and I was sweating pretty good from the halfway point through the finish.
What would you do differently?:

GPS watch or bike computer, to help know where I am in the race.
I didn't train for this, and don't expect to in the future, so sacrificing "aero" for knowledge would be good for me.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

I was stopped by someone who stopped right in front of me (nearly crashed).
I was already off the bike and planning on letting my momentum keep me going.
What would you do differently?:

maybe speed laces for the shoes.
  • 25m 19s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile

I should have dumped water over my head at every aid station, and not worried about drinking. I didn't cramp but my belly was a little uncomfortable during the first mile of the race. I was aiming for a sub 25-min run, almost did it.
Post race
Warm down:

Wet towels and water were my best friends.
I don't think I needed much more than that.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to continue to work on my swimming speed and running speed.
More fast sets.
For my third triathlon, I felt really great.
For this distance, it would be good to practice the length prior to the race.

Event comments:

The race was running 10-minutes late. I really didn't matter for me, and I didn't hear any complaints about it.
It looked like the post-race activities would have been interesting, but I needed to get over to my family. I really look forward to the SOMA TRI next month, and will be doing this race for the foreseeable future.
Well done LifeTime.

Last updated: 2014-07-21 12:00 AM
00:21:27 | 750 meters | 02m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 20/29
Overall: 234/359
Performance: Good
Suit: Dolfin Swimsuit
Course: Rectangular, counter-clockwise swim, with a deep water start. This was my first non run-in start, it really worked for me. Getting out of the water was a bit of a challenge, as the steps don't go very far into the water. It's not like a pool where you can really climb out. I wasn't prepared for that, but it didn't really throw me off.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:12
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:37:04 | 20 kms | 32.37 km/hr
Age Group: 5/29
Overall: 61/359
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Winding course with closed lanes. Good passing, with some "packs" that required a slow-down at some of the turns. This really did not effect my performance as much as not knowing where I was in the race for my pacing effort.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:34
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:19 | 03.1 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/29
Overall: 52/359
Performance: Good
Course: nice loop, good water stations.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5