Timex Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Red Rock Company
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 00m 24s
Overall Rank = 6/532
Age Group = Men 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/74
Pre-race routine:

Rode down to the race with my buddy Eric. We missed the exit and ended up arriving in Transition with about 5 min until it was going to close! Luckily, my transition area is very sparse, I don't lay out a ton of gear. Pupmed up the tires, hears it would be wet suit legal so I got that on and got in the water. By far the least amount of time I have ever spent at a race before the start and it was great! You have no time to dwell, you just go!
Event warmup:

Pumping up my tires and putting on my wet suit in order to make the start!
  • 23m 35s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

It was a nice swim. The wet suit ruling was a suprise, I would have perfered to wear the Zoot Speedsuit I will be using in Kona in 3 weeks, but I brough the Long John, so I knew I wouldn't get too hot. I breathed every 2 instead of every 3 strokes and tried to relax while pushing a little bit. I kept running into this guy on my right for the first leg, but got free of him at the turn, but then had to move through the ENTIRE womens race. That was tough, and I banged into a few of the women athletes. I wanted to go 22 and change, but this was ok. There were no wet suit strippers, although my buddy Eric enlisted a volunteer to strip his and I wish I had thought of that!
What would you do differently?:

Find a volunteer to strip my wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 01m 24s

Man, I BATTLED my suit! I ripped off my timing chip and had to put that back on, it was a mess!
What would you do differently?:

Find a volunteer to strip my wet suit!!!!
  • 55m 20s
  • 24 miles
  • 26.02 mile/hr

I crushed the bike. I had the fastest split on the day for the second time this year at an Olympic race. I just sat on the left of the course and passed everybody. It was very crowded on the course as there was a Sprint race as well. I kept my HR in the low to mid 160's and just kept attacking.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 51s

I did a great triathlon dismount, standing on one pedal as I came to the dismount line, and ran into transition. Made sure my race number was good following the bike, got my shoes on and comfortable, visor on, and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 39m 15s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 19s  min/mile

As I was beginning my first lap, I heard the sound of feet sneaking up behind me. when I turned to see how it was who was about to put an early pass on me, it was a women pro from Chekoslavakia! She looked awesome. great form and stride and turnover, racing flats, the works. She was a TIMEX sponsored pro as well. She put about 10 feet on me, but then I seemed to stay with her. My heart rate was only in the high 150's, so I realized I was taking the first lap easy. It was fun to pace off of her for that lap, we even ran side by side a few times.
On the start of the second lap. my coach yelled at me to stay with her, as she was back in front by about 10 feet. I realized I had more to give, and pulled up along side and made the pass. I never saw her again until after the finish. I moved my HR back up into the mid 160's and pushed. I probably should have pushed the first lap harder, but it was fun to feel like I was finishing so strong.
What would you do differently?:

Run that first lap in the low 160 HR range, but I was having a lot of fun!
Post race
Warm down:

Played with my dogs and recieved a lot of well wishes from fellow athletes for my trip to Kona.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

A 3min PR for the distance, but had I done a better T1, I would have had a sub 2 hour Olympic. next time. ;)

Last updated: 2007-09-23 12:00 AM
00:23:35 | 1640 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/74
Overall: 22/532
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca PFLEX Sleeve less
Course: Large Rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:24
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: Good
00:55:20 | 24 miles | 26.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/74
Overall: 1/532
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 4 rectangulat loops.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:51
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:39:15 | 06.21 miles | 06m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/74
Overall: 8/532
Performance: Good
Course: 2 laps around Tempe Town Lake on gravel and concrete paths.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
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? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5