Tempe International Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing Inc.
hotF / 0C
Total Time = 3h 01m 55s
Overall Rank = 260/396
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 58/78
Pre-race routine:

Get up early enough to eat my granola, strawberries, and yogurt. Drink some coffee and water. I usually have some ibuprofin, but forgot for this race.
Event warmup:

SEt up transition, stretch, evacuate bowels, stretch some more.
  • 42m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 35s / 100 yards

Maybe I just have to high of expetations but I didn't feel comfortable with the swim. I actually did the breast stroke on the way back for about 300 or 400 yards, however I did pass some folks while doing it. The breast stroke calms me down because I can see where I am going and breathing is easy. I don't think not getting to use he wetsuit hurt me all that much because I have only raced in it once.
What would you do differently?:

train more for the distance. Work on my stroke and navigating. I swim to the right way to much even when breathing bilaterally, which I try to do most of the time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 6s

I put a goo in my jersey for use later. I put socks on in this transition. The transition area was full of dead grass so I spent some time trying to get the grass off but then thought f*** it and just put my socks and shoes on and left.
What would you do differently?:

I couldn't get into my clips on the mount which killed my momentum. Well actually it just caused me to be in the way of others leaving transition and made me feel like an idiot. I guess practicing this transition would help my time.
  • 1h 17m 48s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.16 mile/hr

I felt really good on the ride. I did lose one of my water bottles, the one that actually had water in it. the other had HEED so it was still good. I noticed the skin burn from my swim in my armpits shortly after the transition. That kind of sucked but didn't really affect me until the run.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I could have rode slower to give me more energy for the run, but not sure if that would have bought me anything.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

This transition went well. I bought speed laces for my last race and this makes things so much faster.
  • 58m 22s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 24s  min/mile

I think I was on the edge of to much to drink. I took my goo at the second aid station. I ran the first 2 miles and had about an 8:45 pace going. Obviously to fast for me. Shortly there after I had to take walk break at all of the aid stations and added in some more short walks in the very small and far between shady spots. Really for having walked some I am not to unhappy with my pace.
What would you do differently?:

try to slow my pace. I am pretty much a one speed runner so this can be hard for me. I think part of it is I came out to fast from the transition.
Post race
Warm down:

cold water, fruit, pasta, found a shady place to sit down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just overall conditioning. I could have trained more for the swim and run.

Event comments:

It would have been nice to have gator aid at all of the stations. The packet pick-up was very confusing and they were out of my shirt size, which is crap for the price you pay for races.
The best part of this race was the volunteers they were great and really worked hard to get you fluids. At one point someone had got out a hose to spray down those who wanted it. If the swim distance was truly wrong that is pretty lame. Not sure if I would do this one again.

I didn't go to the post race

Last updated: 2009-03-10 12:00 AM
00:42:24 | 1640 yards | 02m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 57/78
Overall: 0/396
Performance: Below average
According to my hr monitor I averaged 171 beats. I have never wore it before swimming so not sure how accurate it is.
Suit: no wetsuit allowed
Course: rectangle. Swim into the sun to start. Seemed to take forever to get to the turn. I got to the first buoy past the bridge and thought it was the turn but I didn't see anyone else turning. My goggles were kind of fogged and the sun was in my eyes so I couldn't tell were the actual turn was until I was about 50 yards from it. Swim wasn't to crowded, mostly because I am slow.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:17:48 | 24.85 miles | 19.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 63/78
Overall: 0/396
Performance: Good
avg hr 175
Wind: None
Course: winding and slightly hilly, but overall I liked it.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:58:22 | 06.21 miles | 09m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 58/78
Overall: 0/396
Performance: Average
avg hr was 179.
Course: Run around the lake. 2 laps with stairs thrown in to kill your legs. I thought there were plenty of water stations. I even got one drink of gator aid at the station before the steps.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3