St. George Triathlon "SGTRI" - Olympic Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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St. George, Utah
United States
Total Time = 2h 58m 51s
Overall Rank = 105/362
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 16/40
Pre-race routine:

St. George, UT is about 4.5 hrs south of SLC. This year, to save money and for race convenience, I camped at the race venue. The wind kept me up all night and my sleep was limited. That sucked. But being a 3 minute bike ride t0 Transition to set-up was wonderful! Stress free! I got the endcap of the bike rack and was all set-up by 5:30. Boy, it sure is windy out here!!
Event warmup:

None. Some stretching.
  • 33m 40s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 03s / 100 yards

I think I have found my strength in tri's. I'm a good swimmer. I finished 69th out of 362 swimmers. Unfortunately, the swim is the shortest part of the race.......

Let me tell you about this swim. The wind was blowing at about 30 mph sustained and over 40 mph gusts. It had been like this all night. The water looked rough and there were whitecaps. I started at about 7:10am, in the 2nd wave. The first leg to buoy 1 was with the waves, so it went fine. No OW anxiety, no crowd problems. The buoy 1 turn was really crowded but no kicks to the head or anything.

Around bouy 1, all Hell broke loose. There were waves and swells to my left side, my race breathing side. The waves were crashing on us. From the trough of the waves, they were at least 2 feet high, maybe more. I took in a BIG mouthful of a wave and it went down. I choked and gagged for a minute...and kept on. It happened again within a minute. I treaded water for a minute looking around. The lake just looked horrific. Whitecaps everywhere.

I started again, trying to breathe on my right side. In the pool, I swim alternating sides, and I can breathe on the right, but for whatever reason, I couldn't do it. I tried several times, but it wasn't going to work. I could see the next buoy, as I rode up the swells. It was during this leg that I seriously considered, for the first time in my short tri life, to stop.

I was so far from the finish, and the lake was kicking my ass. I saw a boat not too far from me, and I really wanted to signal to them. But I thought of 3 things, right then and there in the water: 1) I saw a IM Kona youtube video once and the guy said "you can quit at anytime, and they won't care....but you, will always remember..." 2) DNF---I didn NOT want DNF next to my name 3) IM CdA could be like this, so what would I do then?? I know last year at CdA, the water was horribly choppy, so it could happen again....I mentally resolved to move forward.

Breast stroke, free style..... I finally made it to the next buoy and turned into the adventure!! I felt like a dolphin launching out of the waves. While I could breathe better, the new challenge was crashing from the top of the wave to the trough, and from the trough of the wave to the top. There was no timing breaths with these waves.

I then saw someone "x'ing" there arms to get plucked out. Keep going, Steve. We swam behind a large rock island and it was a bit calmer, but it didn't last. Finally, I turned the last buoy and the waves were behind me. I churned it in and finished. Honestly, I was happy to be alive.

One more wave went off after mine. The RD at the award's ceremony said 29 people were pulled from the water on the Olympic swim (3 waves). They cancelled the Sprint swim. I guess it WAS a bit rough out there. :)
What would you do differently?:

Bag all drill workouts and swim in a wave pool. :) Seriously, nothing. I credit my swimming strength from my workouts to get me through this.

My swim was only 2 minutes slower than last year, and last year the water was fine.
Transition 1
  • 04m 31s

Some a-hole racked his bike and crap after I had, and he totally blocked me in!!! I had to move his crap on the ground to get my bike out. It was all I could do not to just kick his stuff everywhere.
What would you do differently?:

No more racing with bike gloves...take too long to put on.
  • 1h 24m 19s
  • 25 miles
  • 17.79 mile/hr

The wind did not help on the bike. Southern UT is very deserty, and the wind caused sand drifts in several places. That was fun! There were several times with the headwind that I could not get over 10mph. There is 1 steep, long hill on the course, and it was into the wind.

I was able to push through it though with little trouble (alot of effort, but no issues). The road was really rough too, for the most part, ahd that just added to going slow. I really couldn't test out the new bike much, but about the last 1/4 of the course, the wind was at my back mostly, and I got to open it up some. My max speed was 45mph, but I was dodging newbies too....scary.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Can't help the weather.
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s

Dipsh!t's bike was in the way again as he did the sprint, didn't have to swim, and was done with his bike when I got back...his crap was in the way again....and again, it was out of my way. :)
What would you do differently?:

Throw his crap every where!!!
  • 54m 26s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

The run went well despite the ongoing wind. I felt good off the bike. A few times, I received a microderm abrasion treatment, and my skin feels so much smoother!!! This was my 3rd time doing this tri and run, and this year, I ran the entire course, except power walking up the hill. Running through the sand, very soft sand, just sucks.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all.
Post race
Warm down:

Some stretching. I sat and waited for some tri club members to come through for their 2nd loop and told them to keep going!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The wind. I was ready for PB for an Olympic distance tri, but I was handed a different hand by Mother Nature. I still beat last year's time by about 8 minutes, despite the wind and water. But I do know that I can endure alot when it comes to the weather. I gained alot of confidence when it comes to my tenacity and endurance. I gained some doubts that if my IM in 6 weeks from today, could I make it for 140.6???

Event comments:

Good race despite the weather.

Volunteers rock. Thank you!!!!!!

Last updated: 2008-02-17 12:00 AM
00:33:40 | 1640 yards | 02m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/40
Overall: 69/362
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full Zoot
Course: 1 Loop
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:31
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:24:19 | 25 miles | 17.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 112/40
Overall: 127/362
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
00:54:26 | 06.21 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 109/40
Overall: 138/362
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops, off road, lots of sand, 1 big, short hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4