Emmett's "Most Excellent" Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Emmett, Idaho
United States
Total Time = 2h 38m 5s
Overall Rank = 78/216
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 9/14
Pre-race routine:

Ate breakfast 3 hours before race. Got there early - good spots in transition areas (part of that was due to registering early - got a low race number and racks were according to number).
Event warmup:

Swam a couple minutes. Tread water for a couple minutes waiting for race to start.
  • 31m 10s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

I started pretty much in the middle of everyone - was a good place, but of course there was plenty of bumping going on. When I train I usually breathe every 3rd stroke- alternating sides. Today I must have been more out of breath or hyped up because most of the race I breathed every 2 strokes. This threw off my speed and fatigued one side (I did alternate some). This was my first open water race so I felt pretty good about it - glad I practiced it a few times.
What would you do differently?:

I would focus on breathing like I do in training. I would sight a little more often to avoid getting off course. I would not go to my feet at the finish quite so soon (mid thigh depth) - was harder to run than would have been to swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s

I was pretty wiped from the swim so I wasn't as smooth as I'd like to have been. The timing chip was an added pain - had to take it off and put it back on. Had a little trouble getting my wetsuit unzipped. Wasted a couple seconds fumbling with my race belt.
What would you do differently?:

Practice unzipping the wetsuit quickly. Maybe not take a drink (wasn't sure the one bottle would be enough on the bike). Figure out how to get the suit off quicker - saw some guys had cut the ankles off.
  • 1h 09m 56s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.32 mile/hr

This was the most fun for me. I only got passed twice and probably passed 25-30. I felt good for most of it - could tell I was pushing it pretty hard b/c my chest was a bit tight and had to focus on my breathing a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Pedal in circles more - mostly put pressure on pedal. Maybe invest in an aero helmet - see how much difference it would make first. I got a side ache almost immediately into the run, so I need to figure out if it has anything to do with the bike - pushing too hard?
Transition 2
  • 00m 36s

Lucky for me I had my wife by my bike (I had the outside rack) and she yelled ahead so I knew where it was - didn't seem to tricky when I set up, but with all those similar looking shoes and hats it was hard to find instantly.
What would you do differently?:

maybe mark my spot with something eye-grabbing. Practice tightening my race laces quicker or get some different ones ("drawstring didn't work perfectly).
  • 54m 6s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

I got a side ache right below the center of my ribs almost immediately into the run. This was my biggest concern going into the race. It happened on the indoor sprint I did in February but it never really happens in training - even doing bricks. I've got to figure this out b/c it KILLED my run time. I had a fair amount of energy and my legs felt ok, just could not push it hard with the side ache. I normally run 7:30 minutes or better in 10k training, so my 9 minute pace today was painfully bad - literally. This was by far the hardest part of the race for me - it was quite a mental battle to keep pushing to the end. The one plus was I had a decent kick the last 400 meters. One other comment - the volunteers directing traffic at the turn were very confusing - I went where they said but it was wrong - had to turn around - then the next one told me wrong too (I think they knew, just didn't communicate it well). Oh - the run was hot too, so I dumped cold water on myself at every aid station - glad they had them! They even had two spots with water spraying on you - nice.
What would you do differently?:

I MUST figure out why my body freaked out on me so I can run without a severe side ache. Probably do more hard bricks - simulate the race to see if this is consistent or if my body can adjust over time. I would also check out the turnaround before the race too so I'd know exactly where to go and not have to rely on volunteers.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked for a while and drank lots of water. Thanked God that I finished!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

#1 - side ache during whole run - cost me about 8 minutes.
#2 - not swimming straight lines - swam further and cost me time

Event comments:

This was my first outdoor triathlon and I loved it. Emmett was a great first race and I highly recommend it and will probably do it again. Everyone involved was friendly and helpful. They had a record turnout which is awesome, but people didn't get there early enough and they probably could have used more buses. As a result they had to start 15 minutes late. It would be nice if they brought in more outhouses - the lines were really bad - not good right before the race. Could maybe have clearer signs at the run turnaround. Overall it was great though.

Last updated: 2008-08-09 12:00 AM
00:31:10 | 1640 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/14
Overall: 0/216
Performance: Average
Suit: full Auquasphere wetsuit
Course: Black Canyon Reservoir. Out and back loop in deep water.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:14
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:09:56 | 24.85 miles | 21.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/14
Overall: 64/216
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Pretty fast course. Some slope getting out of the canyon for about 3.5 miles - not too steep. Rest was relatively flat farmland. There was one steep but relatively short hill that was the toughest. There were two U-turn turnarounds that were tricky to go fast on. One turn onto gravel that could wipe you out going fast. Had to deal with some traffic - didn't get killed though!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:54:06 | 06.21 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/14
Overall: 0/216
Performance: Bad
Lap one - 26:23, lap 2 - 27:43
Course: 2 loops through neighborhood streets and around ball fields on a paved path.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5