Tempe International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
Total Time = 2h 36m 27s
Overall Rank = 160/452
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 21/45
Pre-race routine:

Packet pick-up on Sat, staff was very organized making this very easy. Quick pre-race meeting/Q&A and out the door in ~1/2 hour. Scouted the swim course (from the entry point seemed real long) and transition area and went home to relax.
Event warmup:

Sunday morning; was up at 4:30, ate 2 packets of oatmeal, banana and Vitamin Water and was off to the race course. Fortunately I found a premiere parking spot in the Tempe Beach Park parking lot, approx 100 yards from the transition. Unloaded my gear into a prime transition spot, got marked, picked up my race chip and hit the porto-johns to release the evil spirits. Fortunately someone on my transition rack, tied pink ribbons to both ends of the rack to make for easy spotting!
  • 32m 23s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

Swim start was confusing as many groups had the same color swim cap, if you weren't paying close attention, it would have been easy to miss your group. Also, the swim course was confusing as the sprint group course seemed changed from the packet leading the oly groups to question which buoys we were to go around.

Personally the swim went extremely well for me, I felt great throughout, breathing remained in control, and only on occasion did I get swam over or bumped (usually around the buoys). My sighting was great and my lines to the buoys were kept strong. I've heard from many that the swim course seemed long, being only my second Oly (last was 3 years ago, I couldn't tell the difference) but using the distance listed on the race site, 1500 meters, I'm at 2:15/M including the swim exit & run to transition. In future races, I would like to get it closer to 2:00.
What would you do differently?:

Swim was excellent for me, personally, sighting was great, stroke felt strong, breathing was also strong. To perform better, I think I need more OWS training in addition to greater focus on stroke development with sighting.
Transition 1
  • 02m 3s

Took extra time to spray down feet and get socks/shoes on. Jersey/helmet on quickly and I was out.
What would you do differently?:

Move through transition routine faster. Get comfortable without socks.
  • 1h 06m 18s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.49 mile/hr

The bike leg is by far my strongest of the three, started out strong averaging 24mph on first leg. Thanks to my new aerobottle, keeping properly hydrated was not an issue, I went through 1 gatorade and two waters throughout the course. Course felt real fast, two downhill sections speeds were over 30mph. With the exception of one uphill section, course felt pretty flat.
What would you do differently?:

Work on cornering/turns...another racer in age-group and I were neck and neck throughout the course. Constantly I would pass him on the straight-aways only to have him smoke me through the turns...he got the best of me on the last turn and cranked through the last leg to edge me on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

Tried a riding dismount as I had practiced on my last few rides, but I didn't start to get my shoes off in time, so was only to get one foot out. The other I had to unclip, unbuckle shoe and take off prior to working through the dismount area. Thanks again to the pink ribbon, I easily located my transition slot and quickly through on my hat/shoes and was off.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more riding dismount.
  • 54m 12s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

Certainly not my strongest event, but for me I performed well. Staying hydrated was key. I toyed with the idea for days on whether or not to wear my hydration belt and was certainly glad that I did. I had prepared to not take it, but once hearing that there would not be any sports drinks on the course, I knew that it would be essential to my performance. I managed to pace well, taking drink/walk breaks every 4-5 mins the first 5k, second 5k I worked off of feel, when I was ready for a drink I'd walk. At each aid station, I'd grab water to dump over my head/shoulders/back to cool off. Stairs at mile 5 were rough, I stepped up to the first two and found my stride to be off, so I double-timed it up the rest skipping every other, trying to mimic my run pace, finished strong the last mile trying to give it whatever I had left.
What would you do differently?:

Get out faster, I held back a bit at on the first 5k worried about bonking.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked finish line looking to spot any BT tattoo's/jerseys, drank plenty of fluids

Event comments:

Course lacked sports drinks at aid stations/organized start. Course site was clean and well marked.

Last updated: 2007-01-16 12:00 AM
00:32:23 | 1500 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 27/45
Overall: 0/452
Performance: Good
Suit: No suit
Course: Rectangle swim around various colored buoys
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:03
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:06:18 | 24.85 miles | 22.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/45
Overall: 0/452
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 4 loops around Tempe Beach Park
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:54:12 | 06.21 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/45
Overall: 0/452
Performance: Good
Course: 2 5k sections around either side of Beach Park on loose gravel path. Stairs at mile 5!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2