Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
77F / 25C
Total Time = 2h 44m 6s
Overall Rank = 263/661
Age Group = 35 - 39
Age Group Rank = 56/96
Pre-race routine:

I went crazy and switched things up this time. Instead of just having my usual banana and orange juice for breakfast, I also had a Clif Bar about 1/2 hour before race time. I actually think it made a positive difference and it's something I will add to the routine.
Event warmup:

Because of the very early start time (transition closed at 6am) and the fact that we were so late getting to transition, I barely had a chance to do any stretching much less a warm-up.
  • 31m 7s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

This was the leg I was happiest with. Considering how tough the navigation was, I stayed on course and nailed a great time. The only negative was that I didn't find a good pair of feet to draft behind and basically swam solo the whole race.
What would you do differently?:

Keep looking for that elusive pair of feet to draft behind.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

Yeah, I knew my transitions were going to be long, considering how much progress I had made in this area this summer. But I didn't care. Quite frankly, I needed the time to recover my HR and prep for the next event.
What would you do differently?:

Practice taking wetsuit off more ( I didn't do it at all before this race.)
  • 1h 15m 24s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.77 mile/hr

Honestly, I hit this bike as hard as I could. When I was passed, it was by people on much better bikes with aerobars. As I have noted on previous RR's, I really need to upgrade to aero's to time better. That doesn't mean the engine couldn't also use a little work :) Also, my cornering is comparatively much better than other racers. I always seem to choose good lines and make up time on others in the turns. The one thing that cost me a 20mph average was losing my water bottle coming out of transition after hitting a storm sewer grate and having to retrieve it.
What would you do differently?:

It's just a matter of training harder now. I have to hit the CT hard this winter.
Transition 2
  • 02m 17s

Again, not great, but it was fine. I took some extra time to take a good long drink. Compared to previous races, I will note that my butt wasn't nearly as sore-- maybe I'm in better shape.
What would you do differently?:

  • 52m 45s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 29s  min/mile

Going forward in my training, I think I need to push myself harder on some longer runs to really learn where my "redline" is. While I felt I pushed things hard here, I think I need to push things too hard to know where that point lies.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing-- it was a decent run for me for an Oly.
Post race
Warm down:

I reache dthe finish line and stopped. Then I drank a lot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not having a tri-bike/aerobars, need to keep improving my running.

Event comments:

Great race. Decent setting and very well organized Only negatives were the Saturday bike check-in (a royal pain in the a$$), the very early start (transition closed at 6am) and the lack of a very good selection of food afterward. At $100, it's also a bit pricey.

Last updated: 2006-08-20 12:00 AM
00:31:07 | 1640 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 56/96
Overall: 0/661
Performance: Good
Suit: promotion wetsuit
Course: The venue was a complete surprise-- a beautiful spring-fed lake in the middle of an industrial corporate park beside a power plant. The course was a triangle. The water was absolutely perfect-- clean and just the right temp for swimming in a wetsuit. The only negative was the bright early morning sunshine made spotting the buoys nearly impossible and probably added to my time.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:15:24 | 24.85 miles | 19.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 55/96
Overall: 0/661
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The course was fast and flat as a pancake. Even better, the pavement was excellent and not "sticky" like the rural roads I'm used to.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:17
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:52:45 | 06.21 miles | 08m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 58/96
Overall: 0/661
Performance: Average
Course: Flat, flat, flat. This was a course built for speed and again I think I hit it about as well as I could at this point. Ideal conditions, plenty of aid stations.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 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