Dickson Endurance Triathlon - Triathlon

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Burns, Tennessee
United States
Endurance Sports Management
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 47m 39s
Overall Rank = 10/89
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/10
Pre-race routine:

Ate my oatmeal, banana with PB, and drove to the race
Event warmup:

none. Had to stand in line for almost 30 min to get race packet. I did swim about 100 yard about 20 min before I started to feel the water.
  • 22m 42s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 17s / 100 yards

Swim went great. Except when I went to reset my watch just prior to the start, it was dead. I started right on the line at the front of the wave. Sighted well, swam pretty straight, and just nailed the swim. Had the fastest swim out of everyone somehow! Kept it smooth and calm the whole time. Never red lined, and kept breathing under control. I started catching the younger wave that had a 3 min head start after teh first turn. I never saw anyone else in a blue swim cap, but I assumed I had been passed. There was one guy right behind me getting out of the water, but I had no idea I had the best swim time until I saw it online.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 6s

everything went well. About a 200m uphill run to T1 with shitty gravel all over the road. I managed to run/shuffle uphill the whole way, had the suit off to my waist by the time I got to the bike. Sat down, stripped off the suit, got shoes and helmet on and was gone. No issues.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, had the 4th fastest time
  • 2h 01m 52s
  • 38 miles
  • 18.71 mile/hr

Good bike. Kept it comfortably hard the whole way. The hills and wind were never-ending and tough. I kept it steady, though. Averaged 18.8 for the first lap, was at 19.0 after the 2nd lap, and ended up back at 18.8. Consistent, getting better, but still not up to the swim and run.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m

Timing sensors were off, so no time available. Off the bike easily enough, ran te bike to the rack, got racked easily. Shoes changed, hat and belt on, and was off, feeling good. No issues
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 19m 56s
  • 9.3 miles
  • 08m 35s  min/mile

Run went great. Felt good off the bike. Managed the opening uphill mile, and just kept it going. I liked the mix of up and downhills, which allowed me to stretch the legs periodically which helped. Speed walked up the 2 big hills at mile 3 and 8, but other than that, I pushed it consistently and kept it just below the red line. Unfortunately, without a watch, I don't really know how steady it was or what my splits were. I wasn't focused on a specific pace, though, and just ran it by feel, and it apparetnly worked well. Finished strong, had plenty left in hte tank, too. This was as good as I've felt running as I have in a long time. It was certainly better than the last race a couple of weeks ago.
What would you do differently?:

not a thing
Post race
Warm down:

grabbed a bottle of water and packed up. Could've have kept running I was feeling so good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

hills on the bike

Event comments:

I had done this race once before, and several other races put on by Endurance Sports Management, and they have always been great. Today, however was a different story. Transition area parking lot was terrible, with huge potholes, terrible pavement and loose gravel everywhere. They did warn us about this, but they could've at least swept the gravel. Also, on the long run up from the lake to T1, the pavement was better but there was still gravel and twigs everywhere that should've been swept. Packet pickup was slow, I had to wait 30 min to get stuff. Race was delayed by 20 min due to the log jam at packet pick up. Bike course was not well marked. I know 2 sprint racers who missed the turn to their finish adn rode an extra 10 miles. Post race spread was nonexistent. Had to walk the 200m back down the steep hill to the almost all the way to the lake to find a table with a box of oranges, 2 bananas left, a few granola bars, and trail mix. A guy at the finish line gave me a bottle of water. Never found any pizza, beer, gatorade, or anything else.

I'm not sure what was up with Kevin and the ESM team with this one, as I've never had a bad experience at one of their races before, but there were majors issues at the race today. Luckily, I had a great day, so it didn't bother me as much as it might have if I had raced poorly.

Last updated: 2016-05-07 12:00 AM
00:22:42 | 1760 yards | 01m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/10
Overall: 1/89
Performance: Good
Suit: full suit
Course: 2 loop rectabgle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:06
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:01:52 | 38 miles | 18.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/10
Overall: 20/89
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 2.5 loop with constant rolling hills. Never felt a helping win, other than a short downhill stretch on hwy 70. I know it had to be there more, but it never felt like it.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:19:56 | 9.3 miles | 08m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/10
Overall: 14/89
Performance: Good
Course: 4.65 miles out nad back through the park. Shaded, luckily, but very hilly. Nothing too bad, but constant rollers
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 2