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Deer Creek Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Mount Sterling, Ohio
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 50m 47s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 8/17
Pre-race routine:

Ate a PB and J, drank some soy milk
Ate an apple and drank water in the 1.5 hr car ride over to the race

Event warmup:

Ran for 8 minutes
Swam out and back from the first buoy to practice sighting
  • 27m 47s
  • 1750 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

First swim in a wetsuit. Was able to practice once in a pool prior to the race. I have to say it was fun because the float of suit allowed me to relax more. My sighting isnt very good (not much chance for open water practice) but I wasnt too far off. Got punched in the face rounding a buoy (and goggles slipped) but not overly physical.
What would you do differently?:

Not much I was feeling really smooth during the whole swim and actually was day dreaming in portions. I think that means I should move it a little quicker.
Transition 1
  • 02m 36s

First triathlon with a wetsuit. practiced at home getting it on and off. I dont think it went bad but I dont have anything to compare it to.
What would you do differently?:

I will let you know after my tri with a wetsuit
  • 1h 20m 50s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.44 mile/hr

I felt good for the race. My own splits from my watch showed I did the second lap 5 minutes faster than the first. I learned some appropriate gear shifts on the second lap. The wind was at your back for a good portion of the ride and right in your face for portions.
What would you do differently?:

I needed to push it a little bit more. My average time from sprint triathlons is in the 20-21 mph range. I was tenative because this was my first oly and I was trying to save a bit for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

Not much. I guess I can go faster. I rode without socks but I ran with socks so that takes some time. drank a 30ml dextrose shot. stopped at the water station right out of the gate and made sure I drank a water and a gatorade.
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 58m 4s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 21s  min/mile

Holy crap it was hot
The swim was nice and cool.
The bike ride was breezy
This was hellish. I ran a 15:35 two mile split. Rockin. Then I hit the pavement and wilted like a thing that wilts. I have never had to walk in a race (5k-half mara) but I broke that record. I ended up running a few marker cones and walking one. I didnt feel so bad for myself when I passed folks getting tended to by medical staff at the side of the road. Caution is the better part of valor for this run
What would you do differently?:

run with a hat ( i finally saw the wisdom in that fashion statement)
dont take off like a sprinter in a 6.2 mile flaming hot race.
dont wear a cotton shirt (they get heavy and floppy when you dump water on your head)

Post race
Warm down:

The last mile of the race was my lame warm down
i crossed the finish line dumped my stuff, drank a couple cups of gatorade and jumped back in the lake-that was nice.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat and inexperience

Event comments:

Pro- within a 2 hour drive (no overnight needed), flat course for the most part. Once the race got rolling thought it flowed smoothly.First Oly so of course i set a PR. My time was in my predicted range I set for myself.

Con- people who think they can roll up 25 min before a start and get their packet and timing chips. I was told to be there no later than 7A to register. cars were still pulling in at 7:40. Might have helped to have more registration folks. Delay pushed us further into satans kitchen on the run.

Last updated: 2008-06-09 12:00 AM
00:27:47 | 1750 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/17
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: two 750m rectangle laps
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:36
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
01:20:50 | 24.85 miles | 18.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/17
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 2 laps on a roughly square course nice double hill on the last 2 miles of the course
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:58:04 | 06.21 miles | 09m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/17
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back. 4.2 miles on pavement. 2 miles on grass.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-06-09 7:12 PM

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Alpharetta (until we find a home)
Subject: Deer Creek Triathlon

2008-06-10 7:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Deer Creek Triathlon
I am not a sympathetic person, but you ran that race with a cotton shirt? You have my sympathy! Ouch, now that is real pain!
2008-06-10 9:00 AM
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Washington Court House, Ohio
Subject: RE: Deer Creek Triathlon

Good job finishing the race and toughing out that long run.  I though the heat was amazing but finished a much shorter run probably an hour or so ahead of you (Sprint race for me).  Obvisously, it only got hotter by the time you ran.

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