Grand Rapids Triathlon - Triathlon

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Ada, Michigan
United States
68F / 20C
Total Time = 5h 19m 50s
Overall Rank = 97/296
Age Group = 60-64
Age Group Rank = 1/11
Pre-race routine:

I went to bed early and got up around 2:30am. I had some toast, oatmeal, coffee and OJ. I did 8 minutes of stretching prior to leaving for the race site
Event warmup:

I did no warm up at the race site except for a limited amount of swimming.
  • 40m 32s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

I did not push too hard but harder than I expected. It was nice having the CC loop as I'm much more efficient breathing on my left side. I did OK on sighting. The wetsuit stripper did not know what he was doing and actually slowed my down.
What would you do differently?:

I did about what I wanted for this swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 3s

I forgot to open my chew packages and wasted 30 seconds or so with this. The rain did not help. I had covered my stuff with a plastic bag, but things still got wet.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure nutrition is ready. Have wetsuit OVER my watch prior to having it removed.
  • 2h 39m 28s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.07 mile/hr

It rained on and off during this ride. I was shooting for 208W and nailed it. The rain and potholes made the ride a bit nerve wracking. One of the main turns was not marked and I nearly missed it. I just saw the guy in front of me turn. On the way back it was pouring rain and I caught up with the slow Oly folks that clogged the way. There were bottles that riders had lost all over the place and made the riding more dangerous. At times it was raining hard enough for large rooster tails. I lost a bunch of my chews due to them being slimy. I ate and drank alternating every 5 minutes or so.
What would you do differently?:

I think this was about what I should have done. I drank plenty.
Transition 2
  • 05m 9s

Things being wet made everything a bit more challenging. I retired my fuel belt. a bottle fell out 4 times in transition and I lost that bottle on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Need new belt or not use one for next race.
  • 1h 51m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

This was my fastest HIM run split by about 18 seconds per mile. I drank regularly every few minutes. I had one bottle filled at an aid station 3 times with water. I passed the guy in my age group that beat me on the swim and bike between 9 and 10 miles. I figured he would try and come back so I kept pushing the pace. Having the weather cool made this easier. I forgot to put my Garmin to record laps, but the official time had me at 8:23 pace for the last 2.9 miles. I spoke to the guy in snd after the race who did try to catch me, running under 8 minute pace for the last mile, but he ended 2;59 behind me.
What would you do differently?:

Organize transition better.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

I did about what I could. Having cool weather helped, but I think the rain slowed my bike time.

Event comments:

Things for the race were not laid out very well. Porta potties were all by the swim and not close to the long, narrow transition area for which I was WAY at the end away from the swim. They were not set up for rain and only had a few chairs. Chick-fil-a was advertised as one of the food sponsors but they had a local pizza place that only gave out one slice at a time.

Last updated: 2019-03-24 12:00 AM
00:40:32 | 2112 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 72/296
Performance: Average
144 average; 155 max.
Suit: full
Course: Course was one CC loop. The buoys were nice an g and easy to see. Based on the time, the swim time included the relatively long run to the transition are.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:03
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:39:28 | 56 miles | 21.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 72/296
Performance: Good
138 average; 150 max
Wind: Some
Course: One loop
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 87
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:51:41 | 13.1 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/11
Overall: 97/296
Performance: Good
137 average; 152 max. 8:41 8:81 8:11 8:46 8:39 8:34 8:44 8:49 8:49 8:44 9:02 8:09 8:11
Course: Out and bag loop down twice. A few small hills.
Keeping cool Average 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?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3