Fall Creek Falls Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Pikeville, Tennessee
United States
Race Day Events
77.8F / 25C
Total Time = 2h 43m 3s
Overall Rank = 79/187
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 9/17
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30. I ate my bagel and honey with a bottle of water. Drove 30 miles to the state park.
Event warmup:

Rode the bike 1 mile to check the mechanics. Swam about 100 yrds. The water felt great but the air was cool.
  • 33m 48s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

What a fiasco. I'm still not a real good swimmer so I went out very conservatively. They made the race wet suit legal and I don't own a wet suit. We were told to swim to the second bouy and turn left. The first wave was off and 3 min later my wave started. I settled into a nice rythym. When I approached the first bouy I noticed everbody was turning and angling to the 3rd bouy. I continued on to the correct 2nd bouy. By the time I got to the 3rd bouy the last wave of women were catching me. I turned to see all of the women turning at the 1st bouy. I continued swimming at a very consistent pace for the rest of the swim. I saw the race director in a kayak toward the end of the swim and asked him "we were suppose to go to the second bouy right? His reply was "some people don't know how to count." I was out of the swim and felt good. I had to sit down from being dizzy to put on my shoes to run the 1/4 mile to transition.
What would you do differently?:

Swim a little faster. My goal was 30 mins so I missed that by a couple mins. This was by far my best open water swim. This is the 3rd time I have done this race and this was the 3rd different swim course. I think the 1st year the distance was probably correct. Last year it was short and this year it was long.
Transition 1
  • 04m 11s

1/4 mile run from the swim makes the time a little high. I was 1 min faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 12m 4s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.69 mile/hr

I picked of a lot of the faster swimmers. I rode the course a couple weeks ago and knew it was faster coming back than it was going out. I got to the turn around in good shape, took a gel and hammered it coming back. Bad thing was we had a 6mph headwind coming back. My goal was 1:15:00 so I beat that and no one passed me.
What would you do differently?:

I thought I had hammered the bike a little to much but I felt good coming into T2.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

Smooth transition, took a little long but I decided to take another gel and a drink before the run.
What would you do differently?:

  • 51m 44s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile

I started out and felt really good. Legs weren't heavy and heart rate was low. Stopped at all of the water stops and just swished and spit the water only allowing a little to be swallowed. Had a really good pace going for the first 4 miles. Turning to run the trail around the lake it started to get hot. There was no breeze in the trees and the heart rate was starting to get to high. Had to walk a little at mile 5 to let the heart rate come down and then took off again. The last 1/2 mile was mostly uphill and lost some time on a slower pace. I took off again at the .2 sign to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Post race
Warm down:

Water..cold towel...shower...food

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I haven't been running as much as I need to. My legs just haven't recovered from the marathon I ran in April. The new Tri bike is coming along with better positioning. Feeling more comfortable in open water.

Event comments:

Well...we're all standing around waiting for awards and it's announced "if you swam the correct swim course please come to the tent area and sit down.." They ended up giving a 2 min time penalty to the swim cheaters instead of a DQ and they will not use the results for USAT rankings. It was funny listening to people say they weren't sure if they swam the correct course or not. Give me a break!!! They had lots of volunteers on the course and lots of food when we were done. There was 1 biker who crashed and broke his collarbone in 3 places.

Last updated: 2008-08-22 12:00 AM
00:33:48 | 1640 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/17
Overall: 151/187
Performance: Average
Suit: no
Course: Sort of a triangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:11
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:12:04 | 24.85 miles | 20.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/17
Overall: 49/187
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:44 | 06.21 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/17
Overall: 76/187
Performance: Good
Course: Big loop on roads and paved trails in the park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4