Tempe International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
Total Time = 2h 36m 1s
Overall Rank = 96/540
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 22/78
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and headed down to the race site. Got up a little late so I didn't have time to get my normal cup of coffee, considering the temperature when I was standing around waiting to start maybe it was a good thing!
Event warmup:

Waiting around getting hot and waiting for my wave to start, saw some of the East Siders before the start.
  • 35m 21s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 22s / 100 meters

I felt pretty good during the swim, swam right at the buoys and found pretty calm water to swim in. I was shocked to see how slow my time was when I got out but I think everybody felt the swim was long. The water was pretty warm, there's no way I would have wanted to wear my wetsuit anyway.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much, I could have gone a little faster but I got out of the water feeling strong and I'd rather do that than swim a minute faster and be tired.
Transition 1
  • 01m 42s

Pretty smooth T1, I was a little slow because I had some trouble getting my bike out of the racks and through the other bikes but no big deal.
What would you do differently?:

Try harder to get an end spot on the rack.
  • 1h 08m 24s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.80 mile/hr

Pretty happy overall with my ride. I felt like I was in a good groove and just went with it. I feel like I could have pushed it a little harder on the 2nd lap but wanted to save something for what I knew would be a hot run.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

Threw on the shoes, dumped a little water over my head and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

I could have hustled through a little more but I always seem to want to take a couple seconds to make sure I'm all set.
  • 49m
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 53s  min/mile

It was hot out there! Felt a little slow on the first lap but started to feel better and better as the run went on. They really did a good job with the aide stations, I think there were 4 on the run and they were handing out cold water (most of which just went over my head). I really enjoyed the last part of the run, I was feeling good and knew I was going to come in with the time I wanted. Olympic distance runs always seem to hurt and this one was no different but it is a good feeling to push yourself towards the finish line!
What would you do differently?:

I still need to work on my tri running speed, I just can't get going as fast as I know I can run.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Could have gone a little faster running but considering the heat and the fact that I PR'd this race (the previous record was from 2006) I'm totally happy.

Event comments:

Fun times racing, great to see everybody out there and hang out at the ESKCTC tent and enjoy some beers afterwords.

Last updated: 2009-02-05 12:00 AM
00:35:21 | 1500 meters | 02m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/78
Overall: 0/540
Performance: Average
Course: A large rectangle in TTL
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:42
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:08:24 | 24.85 miles | 21.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/78
Overall: 0/540
Performance: Good
Course: 2 Laps around Tempe 3 sharp 180 degree turns and a couple small hills.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:49:00 | 06.21 miles | 07m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/78
Overall: 0/540
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 Laps around TTL
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4