Tempe International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
Total Time = 2h 57m 57s
Overall Rank = 315/447
Age Group = 35-39 Male
Age Group Rank = 52/64
Pre-race routine:

My first Triathlon! Woke up about 4am had some oatmeal. Stuff was all packed the night before, got to the race venue about 6am.
Event warmup:

Transition was already buzzing. I found a spot and got all set up paying close attention to how everyone else was doing things. Find the place to get all marked up. Waited for my heat which gave me more time to observe how everyone else prepared.
  • 34m 49s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

Even though this was my first triathlon, I feel my swim was very poor. Having not done any open water training, my navigation was all over the place. My breathing was poor, my overall strength was poor. I was intimidated by the distance, even though I swam that distance many times in the pool. I tried to stick to the outside to avoid getting kicked or ran up on from behind. I knew I was a weaker swimmer so I stayed to the side and tried to keep from zig-zagging all over the place. I had to do a lot of breast stroke to regain my bearings and to catch my breath. When I exited the water I was suprised to be where I was at with the time, I figured by the way I was going it was going to be closer to 45 min. So I was quite happy to see myself at 35 min.
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time in the pool getting stronger with my stroke, working on breathing. Do some open water training.
Transition 1
  • 04m 5s

Transition was probably slower than it should be. I don't have clip-on pedals and shoes for my bike so I had to get into my running shoes at this point. Dried my feet off, put on socks, put on shoes and got out of there. I also didn't have my bike geared correctly so when I hopped onto it there was some difficulty.
What would you do differently?:

Get cycling shoes with clip-on pedals. Make sure my bike is geared correctly.
  • 1h 18m 19s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.04 mile/hr

The bike portion seemed to go well given it was my first. I didn't get my computer set correctly and after trying to fiddle with it I eventually gave up and just rode. It was a three loop course so the first lap I was just trying to get a feel for the course and get comfortable riding with other riders. 2nd and 3rd laps I felt much better and just tried to crank as hard as I could. By the 3rd lap I feel I was gearing well and turning well.
What would you do differently?:

Put more time in the saddle. I only did 3 rides going into this race for a total of maybe 50 miles. I also need to get shoes and clip-on pedals.
Transition 2
  • 01m 26s

T2 was pretty quick, I already had my running shoes on. I removed helmet and grabbed a drink and took off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 59m 20s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 33s  min/mile

Very, Very Hot!! I was expecting to run my 10k in about 50 min. granted I hadn't done any brick workouts going from bike to run. But the heat drained everything out of me. Half way through the run I was walking all the drink stations and alternating run/walk for the last couple miles.
What would you do differently?:

Do bike/run brick workouts. Train in the heat.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Proper training. I need to improve in every aspect of triathlons. I wasn't prepared for the heat.

Event comments:

I definately want to come back next year more prepared and give it the best i got!

Last updated: 2007-08-15 12:00 AM
00:34:49 | 1640 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/64
Overall: 0/447
Performance: Below average
Suit: none
Course: Counter-clockwise rectagular course
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 04:05
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:18:19 | 24.85 miles | 19.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/64
Overall: 0/447
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: This was a three loop course on city streets. Pretty flat with one moderate climb.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:26
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:59:20 | 06.21 miles | 09m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/64
Overall: 0/447
Performance: Below average
Course: 10k course some on trails adjacent to resevour and some on street and some on jogging paths.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4