Fall Creek Falls Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Pikeville, Tennessee
United States
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83F / 28C
Total Time = 2h 32m 12s
Overall Rank = 27/150
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/13
Pre-race routine:

got up, ate aclif bar, drank 8 oz gatorade and rode to the start
Event warmup:

rode 3 miles form the hotel to the start, swam 200m or so
  • 23m 12s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 33s / 100 meters

Very good swim overall. We were the first wave,so the director told us to get in, adn we were treading water for a good 2 minutes before we finally started. My plan was to go comfortably hard, which I did pretty well. I sighted very well until the last turn when we were swimming right back towarsd the sun and I couldn't see anything. I felt like I maintained a very steady effort and was very pleased with my swim time
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 38s

There was a 1/4 mile uphill run from the lake to the transition area which sucks, but everyone has to do it. At least during this run, I remembered that I hadn't reset my bike computer after riding infrom the hotel, so I had to stop and reset my computer before starting - only a couple of seconds, but time wasted nonetheless. Overall, once I got to T1, thigs went smoothly.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 11m 23s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.89 mile/hr

It felt like I was going very slow for some reason. I had a good effort going, felt like I was pushing it, but wasn't getting anywhere. After the turnaround, it flet like we were into the wind the whole way home. I never felt like I was riding downwind going out, though. I don't know where I lost 90 seconds over last years ride though. I really think it was the wind
What would you do differently?:

drink more
Transition 2
  • 00m 48s

very good T2, nice and smooth. Passed 2 people while running into T2
What would you do differently?:

  • 53m 13s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 34s  min/mile

I felt good going out - once again. A guy in my age group had passed me on the bike with 5 miles to go or so, and was maybe 200 yards in front of me coming out of transition. I caught him right at the 1 mile mark, and we stayed together until about the 3 mile mark, when I stopped for water and he kept going. I walked for 20 yards or so and was thinking, "I'll catch" him on the next hill. Needless to say, I didn't catch him. It was ungodly hot with no breeze - it must have died after I got off the bike. Mentally, it was a good run, because I was hurting but i ran/shuffled the whole way. No other walking breaks. I did stop long enough at the water tables to down a cup or 2 of water, but I ran the whole way, unlike last year, when I walked the last 1/2 mile up the final hill.
What would you do differently?:

drink more - take a bottle with me on the run
Post race
Warm down:

walked around drank some more water and ate a few cookies

What limited your ability to perform faster:

not enough fluid intake

Event comments:

Once again, this is a great race - a hard race, but avery good one. They decided the night before to try and move up the race time due to the heat, adn they moved it up 15 minutes. Things went off on schedule. Tons of volunteers, nice post race spread. I will continue to do this race

Last updated: 2007-01-19 12:00 AM
00:23:12 | 1500 meters | 01m 33s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/13
Overall: 24/150
Performance: Good
Suit: none
Course: rectangular course through the lake at Fall Creek Falls State Park
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:11:23 | 24.85 miles | 20.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/13
Overall: 0/150
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: out and back through the course. No huge hills but very little flat ground.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:53:13 | 06.21 miles | 08m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/13
Overall: 45/150
Performance: Average
Course: rolling hills in the park
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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