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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 04m 44s
Overall Rank = 196/390
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 46/85
Pre-race routine:

For the first time in my triathlon "career" I have finally repeated a race.
I started last year with Chances for Children, but couldn't repeat that
this year because we were out of town. My second was the disaster that
was Nathan's, but a broken collarbone made redemption impossible. Thus,
my first real shot at a gauge of improvement came when I could compare against


I hate how people tell you about how they didn't do as well at a race
because they were "training through it", or it was a "B" race. Now,
I'm one of those people. My whole training goal for this year is
for IronMan Arizona. This was a good long training day. Saturday
I was supposed to ride 100 miles on the bike. I knew I wouldn't have
the time, so I rode on the trainer for over three hours, and then on the
road for about two, before putting on my wheelcover and checking my
bike in. The good news is I was really looking forward ot this race as
an opportunity to just push myself until I blew up.


This year they changed it so that the half IronMan started first, and the
quarter started second. This means even though transition closes at
0615, I don't start swimming until after 7:30. I get up at 0430 to
get there by 0530 so I can get setup in transition without being rushed.
Clif bar, diet Dr. Pepper and I'm on my way. Meet some BT'ers and we relax and wait around. Once the
half people are in the water I hit the port-a-potty, since the lines
aren't as long. Then I go over and watch some of the swim, and then
watch the pro's come into transition.

One thing that interested me about that was how the pros did NOT
look smooth in transition. They didn't use the wetsuit strippers (maybe
there are rules against that?), they fumbled with shoes, one guy forgot his
helmet. I figured those guys would be as smooth as Monti's chicken
through your digestive tract (this will make sense later), but they

First of my anonymous volunteer props:
When I was watching the first of the elite/pro athletes coming out for the half
one of the volunteers noticed a guy without a helmet. Yelled "No helmet!" to
the guy, then held his bike so he could run back and get it and not be DQ'd.

Then, I went to the port-a-potty again. Then, about 0720 I got into
my group of white caps and we waited to get in the water.

  • 27m 4s
  • 1056 yards
  • 02m 34s / 100 yards

So about 0725 or so they start getting us in the water. We're all
in one group, they're funneling us down one set of stairs and moving
as fast as we can (at least I am). At 0732 they tell us we have two
minutes and they're opening a second set of stairs. Things start moving
then. I get in the water and immediately start stroking for the
line. Then the horn goes off. I'm still probably 40m from the
starting line. I haven't had a chance to adjust my goggles or
warm my wetsuit. (I know you're thinking you've already been to the
port-a-potty twice. Trust me, I'm well hydrated). About 80m in it's obvious
my left goggle is leaking a bit, but I just look right and I'm ok.
Regrettably, that blazing orb in the sky that sustains all life on earth is
also to the right. Although it is within my superpowers to create an
eclipse for the duration of my swim, I instead choose to start
breathing left. The goggle is unmanageable. I fix it quickly and move
on. Uncharacteristically about 150m in is when I start to panic a bit.
I try to get good breaths and just relax and move on. At the half way
point I can start to breath right to give my other side a break. This
is also about the same time the freight train that is the black caps
from the wave behind us starts to put the beat down on us. I mean
that literally. I think one of them was thorough enough that I
can opt out of the uncomfortable part of my annual physical when I hit

Analysis: Swim was longer than last year and I lost almost
6 weeks of swimming to the collarbone, and I was still faster. Unqualified

What would you do differently?:

Get in the water earlier. Don't lose 6 weeks of swim training to a broken collarbone. Swim more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

Normally I'm fast in transition. I try to do very little and what I do I
try to do on the move. This gets slowed down a lot by a stop to pee.
I thought about it in the water, and although I can pee on the bike (really,
I'm not kidding) it doesn't work very well and ends up slowing me down.
I figure taking the 30 seconds now will save me time later. I have
a little problem with my socks, but I still make up 5 spots in T1.
Turns out I'm roughly 31st fastest in my AG even when I stop to go
to the bathroom. What the heck are you people doing?
What would you do differently?:

More time in the water on the swim to allow me to warm ye' old wetsuit and cut out the port-a-potty stop.
  • 1h 28m 33s
  • 31.5 miles
  • 21.34 mile/hr

This is where I think I've had my biggest improvements from last
year. The bike course was long (31.5 vs the advertised 27) but
I pushed hard the whole time and the results show. I was 24th
in my AG and 95th overall. That is smoking for me.

The bike wasn't completely uneventful though. First, because it was a funky
two loop course, there were plenty of reports of people cutting off
part of the course on the first loop. I'm sure most of them were
unintentional, but that means that my rankings were even better. You
have to love that. Last year I averaged just under 19mph. This year
just over 21mph. That's a huge improvement.

The highlight of ride is when I guy went by me and looked over and
shouted: "Come on. Use that disk!" It did help motivate me. I
would have loved to jump on his back wheel and just try to
hang on, but that's drafting, so not allowed. Still it was a good moment.

There were a couple of lowlights.

  • Right after the aid station on Rio Salado, the bike course is half
    a lane wide. I'm a few bike lengths behind a RaceLab racer, when
    I watch him drop is empty waterbottle right down on the road. You have
    one of the most crowded sections of the road and it is also the narrowest
    and you just drop a bottle. You have to get that out of the traffic
  • Big older rider "Stan" who yells at the volunteer on the second
    lap telling quarter athletes to go left and half right. Who knows,
    maybe he cut the course last time, but it's your responsibility to know
    the course. Don't take your ignorance out on the volunteers.
  • Because I'm used to Phoenix heat I had my InfinIT frozen in my
    water bottle, and it didn't really thaw out. Since that is all of my
    bike nutrition I spent part of a lap sucking some of it out. Then I
    went with plan B, which is Gatorade on the course. Let's be honest,
    this is a reasonably short race, so having "my nutrition" just isn't
    that big a deal. Of course, on the first stop that I try to get
    a water bottle I don't manage to hold on to it. Volunteer did a great
    job of getting it do me, I'm just a klutz.

Saw Cody, Tanya and Milton out on the bike. Made sure I gave a shout

Analysis: I'm ecstatic about my bike. I'm sure I can get better over
time, but the only people who passed me were REALLY fast.

What would you do differently?:

Have my InfinIT be thawed. Other than that, no real complaints.
Transition 2
  • 01m 47s

Bike dismount was smooth. Had a little bit of trouble with my
quick laces, but nothing major. In and out. Here is where the
results of the bike really show up. I gained 24 places. I'm also
about #20 in T2 in my AG. Memo to the rest of the people: It's a
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was pretty happy with it.
  • 1h 04m 57s
  • 6.55 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

Now onto the run. It's funny that I'm so slow since I came to triathlon
from running. Still, I was pretty happy. I was 5 minutes faster than
last year. In the first mile my shoes weren't tight enough, so I had
a quick stop. I ran for a while with someone in one of the older
AG's, but around mile three he was done and I went out myself. I just
couldn't get my heart rate to anaerobic, and stayed right at my threshold
until the end. I think I can get faster with more speed work, but right
now my focus is so much on distance I don't have a problem with that.
Got to see Josh on the out-and-back. Only ESCKTC person I saw on
the run, although others were surely out there.

Analysis: I'm really happy with my run. I was five minutes faster
than last year and only lost five places in my AG.

Ran the last half mile or so hard. Did follow one guy with his girlfriend
who talked about how he had, and I quote, cheated. He said:

We totally cheated. Well, not really, I mean we could have dropped
at any time, but we didn't.

Nice. Regardless, I finished strong and took a nice long run at
the slip-n-slide at the end. Steve didn't get my picture, so I
did an encore performance. Or maybe it's a "dramatic re-enactment".
Regardless, it was fun the second time too.
What would you do differently?:

More speedwork. Given my season goals though, nothing.
Post race
Warm down:

Post race

Talked to Steve for a little bit. Then went out and got some Monti's.
Sat and talked with Jen and Josh for a bit then went down and cleared
out of transition for the way home.

Second of my anonymous volunteer props:
Second is when I was clearing out of transition, one of the guys ahead of me
didn't have a race number that matched the bike number. I think it was probably
a sticker mixup, but the volunteer handled it perfectly. Had the guy stand
to the side and said he'd call for someone to help sort it out.

The athlete said: "It's my bike, it must be a number mixup."

The volunteer responded with: "I'm not questioning your integrity. But I know
that if our roles were reversed you'd want to protect the property of the
athletes too."

It was perfect. Diffused the situation and did the right thing.

Got home and relaxed, and in this time when I let my defenses down, Monti's
struck. I spent the next 5 hours eating and drinking very little, but
getting to spend plenty of time reading in the bathroom. This has never
happened to me after any race, so food is my only suspect. Reports from
other racers corroborate this.

Event comments:

They need to give enough time to get the swim waves into the water. Adjust the timing if that's what it takes.

Also, for the quarter there needs to be some way to determine who cut the course short on that first lap.

Last updated: 2008-10-28 12:00 AM
00:27:04 | 1056 yards | 02m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 72/85
Overall: 302/390
Performance: Average
Suit: Profile
Course: Rectangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:24
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:28:33 | 31.5 miles | 21.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/85
Overall: 95/390
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: U-turn-alicious
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:04:57 | 06.55 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 59/85
Overall: 244/390
Course: One big loop around the lake with a little out and back.
Keeping cool Good 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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-10-28 10:57 AM

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Subject: Soma Quarterman Triathlon

2008-10-28 11:10 AM
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Wisteria Lane
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Subject: RE: Soma Quarterman Triathlon
Way to go Jot!!!  You had a smoking fast bike split and really came back from  your injuries!  Sounds like you are ready to become an Ironman!!
2008-10-29 8:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Soma Quarterman Triathlon

Great race - -it totally sucked that we were nowhere near the swim start when the horn went off.

Good job!

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