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Onion Man Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Walla Walla, Washington
United States
Walla Wall Multisports
67F / 19C
Total Time = 2h 20m 13s
Overall Rank = 23/
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 7/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early in my hotel in Milton-Freewater. I slept like crap but I still didn't feel too tired with all the pre race excitement. This was first real tri without a downstream swim so I was a little nervous. I woke up about 6, took a shower and ate a bagel with peanut butter, banana, and boost. Got to the race site and lucked out as someone left a parking spot right by transition when i pulled up. I got everything set up and put my wetsuit on. I felt pretty ready to go.

Event warmup:

Just got in the water 5 minutes early and swam about 100 yds. I felt great.
  • 28m 47s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

The swim was really easy. I never felt like I was taxing myself. I know I could have gone a lot faster. I wish I could have found some good feet to draft off. It was a fairly physical swim, but honestly I kind of enjoy the contact. I think you just have to trust that your wetsuit will keep you floating and you can be as aggresive as you want.
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have gone quite a bit faster. I should have pushed harder from the beginning.
Transition 1
  • 00m

I think my transition was around 1:30 but the results aren't up so I'm not sure. I know I screwed up when I got outside transition and tried to start pedaling with my feet on shoes. It's a slight uphill to start out and I didn't get my left foot on top of my shoe in time and it hit ground and came unclipped. I had to stop and put my shoe on get clipped in.
What would you do differently?:

Put my shoes on in transition.
  • 1h 09m 40s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.40 mile/hr

I felt great on the bike. I only got passed 2 times and I ended up passing one of the people back on the way into town. I felt like I was passing the whole time. I was going pretty hard on the way out and battling the head wind but my bike comp. said I was averaging about 20 mph on the way out. I was surprised because I knew I would only go faster on the way into town. I did get a little mad as I watched an older guy draft for the entire 12 miles back into town. Normally it's not a big deal because people drift into and out of the drafting zone throughout a ride, but this guy stayed right on the guys wheel in front of him and didn't really work at all. It was really windy too so I felt like it was a huge advantage.

What would you do differently?:

nothing. I feel like I paced it pretty good. Although my bike said it was over 25 miles.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Started out having to run barefoot through gravel. It hurt! Tried to rack my back backwards, then I couldn't figure out my socks and shoes for a minute. I wish I would have had my lock laces on.
What would you do differently?:

Use lock laces.
  • 39m 40s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 23s  min/mile

I had a good run. I now feel like this is my strongest event. I was passing people from the beginning, and just trying to make up as much ground as I could. I wasn't real fond of the gravel trail but it turned to be okay.
What would you do differently?:

Run harder.
Post race
Warm down:

eat some lunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think I somewhat held myself back in the swim. I didn't feel bad at the end at all. I was sort of using this as a practice for Ironman so I should be satisfied with my effort.

Event comments:

I felt like this was a really fun race with some fast guys!

Last updated: 2009-05-24 12:00 AM
00:28:47 | 1640 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 75/
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy Helix
Course: 2 loop in Bennington lake.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:09:40 | 24.85 miles | 21.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 46/
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: out and back. Mostly uphill on the way out with downhill on the way back. It was windy as hell.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:39:40 | 06.21 miles | 06m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 23/
Performance: Good
Course: An out back starting on trail then going onto a bike path.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-24 11:45 PM

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Spokane, Wa
Subject: Onion Man Triathlon

2009-06-01 1:48 PM
in reply to: #2171372

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Eastern WA
Subject: RE: Onion Man Triathlon

great race, saw your overall and had to comment, i finished 22nd, and bet you would have run me down if the race was .5 miles longer

again, congrats

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