Headfirst Performance Half-Iron - Aquabike

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Taylorsville, Kentucky
United States
Headfirst Performance
Total Time = 3h 39m 42s
Overall Rank = 3/16
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/2
Pre-race routine:

Woke up 3 hours before the race. Took a shower to get myself moving and ate peanut butter & jelly on an English muffin and had a whey protein powder shake.
  • 40m 17s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

I had a hard time getting settled during the first 1/4 of the swim, so bad in fact that after the first couple minutes I was questioning whether or not I should even be in there at all. After I got over the head games and decided that even a bad swim would be better than no swim I calmed myself and kept moving forward. The water was on the cold side and I couldn't get myself to keep my head in the water. After making the turn back on the first lap I was comfortable getting my head in the water and the rest of the swim was fairly easy. All in all I was pleased with my swim, but I need to get to the point where I can start out feeling good and not have to go through the crazy mental stuff in the beginning.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, but I do need much more open water swim experience before Steelhead.
Transition 1
  • 00m

This event was purely intended as a training day for me. I had no intentions on "racing". I didn't waste any time in the T1, but I was not in a hurry either.
  • 2h 59m 25s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.73 mile/hr

This ride started with a long hill straight out of the transition which set the tone for the rest of the ride. I was dedicated to being smart about this ride. I kept a close eye on my heart rate and didn't attack any of the hills early on. At roughly 1/3 of way into the ride my computer was showing an average of 18.2 and I was very comfortable with my pace up to that point. I was expecting a roughly 3 hour ride. With an hour and half behind me I check my mileage and I had roughly 30 miles down and had increased my average speed to 18.6. I realized at that point that I could open things up a bit. I still kept my HR in check, but I was more aggresive with the hills and spent a lot more time in the big chain ring. This was my longest ride to date on my tri bike and the last 10-15 miles were killing my neck. When all was said and done I was very pleased with this ride, especially given the tough course.
What would you do differently?:

More time training on my tri bike
Post race
Event comments:

The race did not start on time, but that was due to extremely heavy fog on the lake. The course was beautiful but fairly challenging. I stuck around to the overall winner of the triathlon finish. He commented that it was the toughest course he had ever race. He beat the 2nd place guy by over 20 minutes!

Last updated: 2007-05-15 12:00 AM
00:40:17 | 2112 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/16
Performance: Good
Course: "Rectangular", but more of a double loop out & back course
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:59:25 | 56 miles | 18.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/16
Performance: Good
Heart Rate 151 avg & 170 max computer shows a distance of 55.2, avg speed of 19.0 with a time of 2:54:22.
Wind: Little
Course: This course was very hilly. There were only a few hills that were particularly challenging, being either steep or long, but the entire course was rolling.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3