Tempe International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
104F / 40C
Total Time = 3h 32m 55s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 29/37
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 4:00am, had a Banana-Nut Muffin and some Gatorade. Took an antacid pill since I've been waking up with indigestion recently. It seemed to help by the time I got to the race. I had packed the cooler with water and beer the night before, so I stopped at a Circle-K and picked up some ice. I tried to get some more beer to go in the cooler but the guy behind the counter told me that they aren't allowed to sell alcohol after 2am and not before 10am. At first I thought that made sense, then I asked myself, "Wait...who starts buying beer at 10am on a sunday? Is it proper etiquette to wait until after church before boozing it up?"

Once I got to the park Robin (Koachman) found me looking around with my cooler, and we picked a spot for our stuff. I was told that Cody (Oxofthedesert) was bringing a tent, but I didn't see a tent until after the race.

I saw my coach (Nick Goodman, www.durapulseperformance.com) and a few other people I had met at my previous race in Scottsdale. I drank water a little bit at a time to keep hydrated.
Event warmup:

I took in a Gu about 30 minutes before I got in the water, I talked with members of the East Side Cool Kids Tri Club (ESCKTC), and I watched the first few waves start. I was in the first wave (Green Cap) of the Olympic Race.
  • 42m 2s
  • 1828 meters
  • 02m 18s / 100 meters

The first segment heading east blew, I was facing the sun the whole way, and every time I tried to sight the buoy I got nothing but sunlight in the face. After I rounded the first buoy I could see again. But I was slowing down, I kept getting pushed around by what I assume must be current, and went off course so many times, every time I sighted again, it felt like the buoy was in a different place.

Apparently the swim was longer than the 1500m it was supposed to be, I'm told by a good number of reliable sources with garmins on that it was around 2000 yards. I didn't change anything to account for how often I was off course and the extra distance that accrued as a result. Whatever.

For some reason this was the first OWS in which I was completely at ease. Usually I'm creeped out by my inability to see the bottom, and the certain knowledge that there are gnarly fish below me waiting for me to swim by so they can bite my toes. I think I watched too many scary lake/ocean/body of water movies as a kid.

Around the last 500 meters or so, my armpits were starting to get sore from rubbing so much on my tri jersey. I had heard stories of body butter in other people's logs, but no real useful information as to what it's for, what it does, and where to use it. Lesson learned.
What would you do differently?:

1) Buy goggles with a shaded/mirrored surface.
2) Sight more often
3) Practice more open water swims.
Transition 1
  • 03m 1s

It was a good transition for me. Though I did forget to take out my earplugs and because they are form fitting I barely know they're in there. I picked up a new transition backpack and it had a small collapsible stool in it. That was very helpful in getting my shoes on. It didn't feel like 3 minutes, but I guess it was. I had a gu on the way out, and two ice-cold gatorade bottles (frozen the night before, and only half melted). I felt good.

Luckily the guy in the rack next to me had some body butter and he hooked me up. I couldn't put my arms down, although that stuff hurt putting it on. Don't know if it was because my armpits were already chaffed or if it's always like that.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much, maybe move a bit faster, but It was a good T1
Buy body butter
  • 1h 24m 57s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.55 mile/hr

Every time I looked at my cycle computer it was over 20mph, but a couple times on the hills (which were admittedly not very big) I slowed down. I tried to concentrate on keeping a rhythm, and making appropriate gear changes. Down shifting going up hill and corners, up shifting going down hill. There were a couple spots that I could have pushed myself much harder but didn't realize I had settled back into a comfortable pace until it was too late. Stepping up the gearing and cranking harder at these points yielded great results.

I had my earplugs in for the first lap, and shortly into the second lap a bug hit my ear and when I slapped at the side of my head I felt my earplug and still didn't realize what it was. I thought it was the bug, so I grabbed it and threw, and as I saw the translucent blue blur fly from my hand it dawned on me and I let out an audible, "FUCK" as I watched it disappear into a bush on an unidentified stretch of a road who'se name I had no clue of. I sighed and threw the other one too.

It became evident that something is wrong with my ability to sit. For some reason my ass gets completely sore by about 10 miles (which on a 25 mile ride is a very bad thing). By about 15 miles my twig and berries start to go numb. I mean completely numb, it's like a void in my crotch. So logically I must assume one of a few scenarios:
a) I don't know how to sit
b) My seat is adjusted wrong
c) My seat sucks and I need a new seat
What would you do differently?:

Focus on my effort. If I feel comfortable with the pace, I'm obviously not pushing myself.

Figure out the whole sitting thing. I've been doing it my whole life, but I slouch a bit when I sit, a luxury one does not have on a bike.
Transition 2
  • 05m 21s

I had entertained the thought of buying some of those quick-laces for my shoes. But dismissed the idea for some reason. So I left my shoes unlaced and my socks rolled down in my shoes. The rolled-down socks is always a good idea. The laces untied was completely stupid. It takes a lot longer to tie shoes when your dexterity is diminished from having swam a mile and biked 25. So this was a very long T2, but I think the little extra time helped a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Buy quick-laces.
  • 1h 17m 33s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 29s  min/mile

This has to be the hottest I've ever felt in my life. About 95% of the course was completely shadeless, it was 104 outside, and all of my hard earned hydration was leaking out of my pores at an alarming rate.

Thankfully I had my fuel belt with a couple bottles on it. So at every aid station I dumped 2 or 3 cups of ice water on me and refilled my bottles with fresh cold water. It helped a bit for about a half mile until the cold water was warm, and the refreshing coolness given by the periodic dousing was gone.

I kept pace with a few people, the talking and company helped keep my mind off of the heat. I had to stop and walk more than a few times and pour cold water on my calves to keep them from cramping up.

Trent (Teachertrent) and Ramsey (A guy I started talking to because his jersey was a skeleton and I kept calling him Skeletor) were awesome and helped a ton. I didn't even notice that my armpits were on fire.

Oh apparently I'm sunburnt as hell now.
What would you do differently?:

Run in the winter, or at night, or install a 3 mile lawn sprinkler system around the race course and keep it running the whole time.

Sunblock...it is my friend.
Post race
Warm down:

Found the ESCKTC tent, and had a bottle of water. it's a shame, I brought beer, and when I finished the race,the last thing on my mind was beer. I just wanted water and cold food.

My wife and kids met me after the race, and while I picked up my gear from transition and packed it into the car, the kids played at the water park.

We went for a celebratory dinner at Texas Road House afterwards, and that was the best steak I've ever had. 16oz of USDA Sirloin cooked medium rare with steam vegetables and a ceasar salad.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I hate to blame things, I know that I'm still struggling with the mental aspect of the sport. But I have to honestly say that the heat played a huge role in my sluggishness. I could have pushed myself harder, but at what cost? Heat stroke? Cramps?

Event comments:

An excellent race, tons of volunteers, and my first olympic. I survived it and I learned a lot about myself in the process.

Last updated: 2009-03-02 12:00 AM
00:42:02 | 1828 meters | 02m 18s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
1 lap, Large Counter-clockwise rectangle.
Suit: Pearl Izumi Tri Shorts, Durapulse Tri Jersey
Course: Slightly murky water, the temperature was awesome, cool enough to prevent any overheating, but warm enough to not affect my breathing. A wet-suit would have been a bad idea even if the ruling was in favor of it.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:01
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
01:24:57 | 24.85 miles | 17.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Two big laps that went all over the place. If you took a map and threw spaghetti at it, that was the bike course. it looked more intimidating on paper, out on the course it was clearly marked and there were enough cyclists that I could watch where they were going. Two large 12.5ish mile loops. One aid station right at the start of the loop.
Wind: Some
Course: Fairly smooth road, a couple of cobblestone portions here and there that made my ass hurt more. A *lot* of turns, including a couple of hairpin u-turns that I had to slow down to like 5mph for.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 05:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:17:33 | 06.21 miles | 12m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Two laps around Tempe town lakes
Course: Not nearly enough shade. Plenty of aid stations, though on the second lap two of them didn't have ice water anymore. And only the last aid station had gatorade (which made no sense to me)
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4