MotorCity Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Detroit, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
Total Time = 2h 31m 29s
Overall Rank = 53/193
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 12/34
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00. Bagel with peanut butter and banana for breakfast. Got to race by 6:30 and set up T2. Rode over to T1 and setup. Beat the huge line for body marking and timing chips. With the size of that line I was worried people weren't going to make their starting times but I think they got everyone through in time.
  • 27m 35s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 50s / 100 meters

Had to walk forever before we could actually start swimming. Then even when you wanted to start swimming many people were still walking making it difficult to swim. Felt a bit crowded and anxious until rounding the first corner bouy. Then the pack thinned and I felt more comfortable and starting to fall into a good pace. Started to catch some swimmers from the 1st wave. After rounding the second corner bouy I found it difficult to site the final bouy as we were heading into the sun. Followed the crowd and made it in. Long walk to the beach in shallow water but used the time to get my wetsuit top, goggles, and swimcap off. Also got the "suspenders" of my bottoms pulled down.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe tinted goggles to help deal with the direct sunlight. Try to avoid the crowd of "walkers" at the start.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

T1 was a bit slowed because I had to put all swim gear into a bag that would be moved to the end of the race (2 transition areas). Luckily I had read posts prior to the race and I brought my own large duffel bag that I marked with my race number. This was much easier than stuffing everything into the tiny plastic bags given at the race. Overall I felt pretty good with my transition.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe practice mounting bike with shoes already attached.
  • 1h 06m 33s
  • 23.8 miles
  • 21.46 mile/hr

I was pretty happy with my performance on the bike. I averaged 21.5 which is really good for me but the course is also very flat and fast. I don't think the wind was as strong as some people have commented about in previous years. I had just picked up my new bike at 4:00 the day before and considering it hadn't even been professionally fit yet I was pleased with the ride. I also used the new profile aero drink bottle with the new top and it was nice not getting soaked when I hit the bumps. I think I may have had some more in me but since it was my first oly I didn't know how much I needed to save for the 6.6 mile run.
What would you do differently?:

Drink less on the bike. I took in about a bottle and a half of fluids and when I started to run I kept feeling like it was going to come back up. Need to get in more bike training (I had been without my tri-bike for at least a month leading up to this race and had been training on my mtn. bike). Hopefully next year I won't run my tri-bike into the roof of my garage a month before the race :)
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

A little tricky finding the turnout for T2 and followed a slower rider in. Didn't want to pass because I was still unsure where I was going. Racked bike and got helmet off quickly. Had to sit to put on socks and shoes. Tossed on the hat and decided to leave the packet of GU behind since my stomach was feeling like I had taken in too much water on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Need to figure out a faster way to get the socks on or train to run sockless. I would also scout ahead to locate the turnout and path to T2.
  • 53m 21s
  • 6.6 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile

The run was a challenge and a bit of a gut-check for me. I felt pretty good at first but also had a constant feeling that I could throw up all my fluids I consumed on the bike at any moment. I was trying to judge my pace by taking splits from my watch but after mile 1 I never saw any more markers. If there were any markers I certainly didn't see them. On the second loop I had to dig a little deeper. I felt like I was running slow but was pleasantly surprised with the just over 8 minute pace I discovered after the race.
What would you do differently?:

Judging from this as my first oly I am going to have to be careful with my upcoming HIM to pace myself so that I have enough left for the longer run. It would have been a very serious challenge to pull another 6.6 miles out of my run today.
Post race
Warm down:

Saw my wife, kids, and father at the finish line. Great way to end a great race on Father's Day.

Event comments:

I definitely enjoyed this race and will seriously consider it for next year as an opener for the season. The Detroit and Windsor skylines were a great backdrop and overall the race seemed fairly well organized. I understand there were limited bathroom facilities but luckily my bodily functions were cooperating with me well that morning :) I'm also glad I got there a little early since the lines for body marking and timing chips got really long really fast.

Last updated: 2008-03-12 12:00 AM
00:27:35 | 1500 meters | 01m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 5/34
Overall: 0/193
Performance: Good
Suit: Desoto T1 First Wave
Course: A 1500m loop running parallel to the shoreline of the Detroit River.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:06:33 | 23.8 miles | 21.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/34
Overall: 0/193
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 4 loops around Belle Isle. Pretty flat and fast. Some wind on Detroit side of island but very fast on the Windsor side.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:44
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:53:21 | 06.6 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/34
Overall: 0/193
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loops on mostly pavement. Back section was on a paved but broken up trail that went through the woods. This section was nice because of the shade but you had to be careful with your footing. It was also tight to pass in the trail section.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4