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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Tucson Racing
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 12m 27s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 15/55
Pre-race routine:

Got up about 4:20, dressed in my race gear and grabbed my bag. Prerace meal was my usual PB&J sandwich, with a bottle of Mocha Frappucino. It doesn't work for everyone, but I need the caffeine and sugar. ;) Found out at the prerace stuff that I was in the first wave, I don't like that much. It means that anyone ahead of you shouldn't be there. ;)
Event warmup:

Not much. My usual warmup is to swim a couple hundred before the swim start. Didn't get that today, they shuffled us into the water about 3 mins before our start, and most of the time was trying to find a good spot at the "line"
Swim
  • 09m 59s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 30s / 100 meters
Comments:

The swim was definitely long. My official time shows no swim or T1 split, actually out of the top 15 in the first wave, only about 2 or 3 have the swim split. Not sure what happened, but anyway...

The swim was good. I felt like I was swimming right around my goal pace of 1:30/100 effortwise. The first buoy was a total scrum. There was maybe 50-75m to get to the buoy, which was not enough time to really separate. Swam over someone swimming quasi vertically, didn't even notice unti I was clubbing him in the head (sorry!!), and I got a nice kick in the solar plexus from someone else. I exited the water right around 4th or 5th.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I picked the best line I could, sighted well, and swam what felt like my goal pace. The fastest swimmer in the sprint went 7:04, which was 1:45/100m so the sprint was long just like the Olympic.
Transition 1
  • 00m
Comments:

No clue on time, no splits available. Felt pretty good, lot of grass on the feet, so I wasted some time getting that washed off before donning socks. I've got to toughen up the feet and learn to go sockless in races.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to ride/run sockless.
Bike
  • 36m 16s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.56 mile/hr
Comments:

Pretty good ride. The time includes a long run from and to the transition area before mounting. I still haven't gotten the whole clipped in shoes thing down yet, so I ran in my shoes. I reset my comp to get actual bike time, and my pace average was 21 mph. This was my goal pace, and an increase of 2.5mph from last years version. Felt like I could have pushed a little harder, but didn't want to kill the run. Also lost about a minute, since I was in the first wave they didn't have really clear markings, and about 4 of us turned when we were supposed to go straight. Irritating, since it allowed 3 people that I had just passed to repass me. Teaches me to not drive/ride the course, first time in years I haven't. On the way in, got out of the shoes and did a good flying dismount leaving my shoes in the pedals. Yay me.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to ride sockless. Ride/drive the course beforehand. Dummy. ;)
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s
Comments:

T2 was good. I had everything laid out, and the actual clothing change was good. I'd have been about 15-20 seconds faster, except I got lost. They had 3 racks per # series, and I forgot which rack was mine. Changed direction a couple times trying to spot my bag.
What would you do differently?:

Remember the rack count, and not rely on the numbers.
Run
  • 24m 57s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 01s  min/mile
Comments:

The run was good. I didn't drink much, but I did take at least one water at each station and pour it over my hat and jersey. I felt like my fitness could have carried me at a faster pace, but I just couldn't force my body to pick it up. Lack of endurance, so I have something to train towards. Also lost a bit of time here, I zoned out going through a water station and missed a turn.
What would you do differently?:

Be more alert. Don't know if the sprint course was short, the Olympic 10k that shared the same loop was short (5.82 m is the consensus on the run distance).
Post race
Warm down:

Vitamin waters and laying in the shade at the team tent.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Endurance. I had the fitness, but just couldn't pick it up when I needed. Also, after 24 oz of water, two 20 oz vitamin waters, 2 beers and a 20 oz gatorade, I was still at 167 lbs, which was a 3 lb loss from starting race weight, so I lost quite a bit of weight during the race.

Event comments:

Overall I'm pretty pleased. I improved my time drastically from last year (1:19:xx), I hit all the goal paces that I wanted to, and held to my race plan. But, as Bryancd has pointed out, a lot of FAST people showed up this year. I improved my time by 7 minutes, and finished 15th as opposed to last years 13th. But, overall a really good race!




Last updated: 2009-04-29 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:09:59 | 400 meters | 02m 30s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/55
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:36:16 | 12.43 miles | 20.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/55
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:24:57 | 03.11 miles | 08m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/55
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course:
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2009-05-18 10:56 AM

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2009-05-18 11:30 AM
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Good job not overloading us with information.

-Jot
2009-05-18 2:46 PM
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gamebofh - 2009-05-18 9:30 AM Good job not overloading us with information. -Jot


Didn't finish it earlier, didn't realize that it saved it right away. There's your information overload.

John
2009-05-18 2:49 PM
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Great Job John! Your time improvement from last year is huge. Don't worry so much about placing, all you can control is your effort, and you left it all out there. Great work!

2009-05-18 2:53 PM
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Solid race John!

2009-05-18 3:12 PM
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Triathlon is such an individual sport you really can only race yourself - and that improvement from last year is HUGE! You have super solid splits and a race to be REALLY proud of!!!

GREAT JOB!!!!!


2009-05-18 3:34 PM
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Awesome job, and still some room to improve for next year (maybe not a wrong turn then?)
2009-05-18 3:45 PM
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Great race!  Congrats on the huge improvement from last year!

2009-05-18 4:02 PM
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Nice job John! Way to hit your goals and improve over last year!

2009-05-18 4:59 PM
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Sounds good!! Congrats on exacting your revenge.
2009-05-18 6:46 PM
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Kick job bro! Loved seeing you in action on the swim!



2009-05-18 6:52 PM
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Nice job..significant improvement over last year!

Isn't racing fun
2009-05-18 9:22 PM
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KathyG - 2009-05-18 4:52 PM Nice job..significant improvement over last year!

Isn't racing fun


Oh yeah, and the best part is I think I left some time out there. Definite room for improvement

John
2009-05-18 9:43 PM
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Well done on the improvement from last year, esp with the longer swim Sounds like you had a great race, hope I get to meet you the next time. I know many of the cool kids, but i dont think we have met yet



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2009-05-19 10:16 AM
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riorio - 2009-05-18 7:43 PM

Well done on the improvement from last year, esp with the longer swim Sounds like you had a great race, hope I get to meet you the next time. I know many of the cool kids, but i dont think we have met yet

Not yet, but it's coming! Looking forward to it!

John
2009-05-19 2:13 PM
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AWESOME job on the race and the race report. Sounds like you had a great race, performed well in all aspects and know where you need to improve. You can't do much better than that!


2009-05-19 2:59 PM
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Great race, John. Your bike improvement is really impressive. It was probably the multisport challenge that whipped you into shape. 

Congrats.

2009-05-19 11:59 PM
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Slidell4life - 2009-05-19 12:59 PM

Great race, John. Your bike improvement is really impressive. It was probably the multisport challenge that whipped you into shape. 

Congrats.



That and trying to chase Travesty and Dean all over the place...

2009-05-20 10:33 AM
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Terrific race, John!!

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