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Deer Creek Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Mt. Sterling, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 40m 8s
Overall Rank = 78/213
Age Group = m 30-34
Age Group Rank = 12/23
Pre-race routine:

Got up, had a PB and honey, some soy milk and an apple. Also brushed my teeth cause you know that you need fresh breath for a triathlon. Drove 76 min to the race and got there plenty early (650A) since I knew from last year this would be delayed (it was)
Event warmup:

Was able to ride for a bit to check all gears and brakes. Ran for 5 minutes and stretched and swam to buoys and back a few times. I also peed in the lake- sorry other contestants.
  • 26m 41s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

I shall call this section a2 + b2 = c2. Or "It is an f'ing rectangle people". My olympic wave was comprised of men 30-39. These men had obviously watched all the previous sprint waves go off. They also watched the elites and under 30s go in front of them. So when I rounded the marker buoy and hung a right I was suprised to see at least half the wave take off for the far corner yellow buoy rather than the typical counterclockwise around the exterior rectangle path everyone normally takes. I watched between sightings as they swam past a young woman in a kayak trying to get 20 guys to turn around and follow the course. Most of them ignored her. A few turned and swam backwards to the correct course (the honest folk). The deepest pits of hell are reserved for child molesters, traitors and course cutters. You know who you are - repent lest ye be damned. Other than that it was a good swim; my sighting was excellent, my stroke smooth and my breathing good. I tried not to kick at all and to save my juice. I felt good coming out the water. Beat my previous best here by over a minute.
What would you do differently?:

Not much- thought I was going a little faster but the result is good for a first OLY and minimal swim training. I would like to bring the time down a minute or two by the end of the year.
Transition 1
  • 01m 56s

I had to sit down to get my suit off which cost a bit of time but the spread between me and the top and me and the bottom was less than 40 secs so I am not too concerned about it. I spent more care with my feet to remove gravel and stuff prior to socking up. Went 40 sec faster than last year.
  • 1h 20m
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.64 mile/hr

I felt really good about this bike. My place and time isnt very indicative of this but I still liked it. I have been learning to keep the cadence and adjust the gearing to keep it even rather than changing the cadence to conform to the gear I pick. I got passed by a people but also did some passing. Most of the passing occurred in the second half rather than first loop which was good. I nearly got blown off the road by a human cannonball with a funny helmet on mile seven (turns out it was Davidtris). I was pushing 23 and he just flew by me. I tried to keep up but that mother was cooking. I guess that shows the power of riding more than 4 hours a week. I did drop my chain at the base of the first hill on the second loop. I couldnt power up the hill with free speed from the downslope. Instead I had to stop prior to the hill, fix the chain and climb up. It cost me some time but nothing too much I guess.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder, not drop a chain at the bottom of a hill. I havent got out on the road much this year but I am very satisfied with the way my performance felt (not so much with the time). I did go 40 secs faster than last year. My bike said 25.3 miles but who is counting.
Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

I did a flying dismount and the volunteers said, "that was perfectly smooth". That made my day. 40 sec faster than last year.
  • 50m 12s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile

I noticed during my brick training and my sprint tris I would start wheezing, my heart rate would just out of my chest and my legs would feel like junk. I made the plan to take the first 1-1.5 miles slower than I want to, get my heart and breath under control and gradually speed up. I think it worked. I was only passed by one person and just started chewing people up. I think I can go faster because I felt very strong at the end and my breath was calm and my stride was consistent.
What would you do differently?:

I might wear a watch next time to check on the splits at mile 1 but I think I can guess by my breath and how my heart feels if I am going fast enough. beat my run time by about 8 min from last year.
Post race
Warm down:

drinking water, some light stretching (probably not enough)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am satisfied with my performance. It was the first OLY distance of the year. I improved over last year at this race. Although I did not break any target goals for the year, I am very close and I did PR by over ten min from last year (mostly run) on this course.

Event comments:

Race was late but I expected that. The porta potties had toliet paper (nice). Small timing snafu that I feel a little guilty about- I was eating cookies and heard them call Davidtris and my name. I wandered over and they said "hey third place". I said "really?". I was handed a medal. I didnt think it was right but they had the computer in front of them. They said Davidtris finished first so I called him a hooker (bout 40 sec in front of me) and gave him congrats. I cant say I was surprised when I got home and saw the results were mostly correct except there should be a one in front of my finish. I dont know how they knocked out half the field but I now have a faux age group medal. My four year old likes wearing it. " I am a winner like daddy!". Aim high kid and someday you too can finish MOP.

Last updated: 2009-05-17 12:00 AM
00:26:41 | 1640 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/23
Overall: 0/213
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: a rectangle dammit, A RECTANGLE!
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:56
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:20:00 | 24.85 miles | 18.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/23
Overall: 0/213
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Double loop with some sections into the wind, some with and two largish hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:12 | 06.21 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/23
Overall: 0/213
Performance: Good
Course: out and back on a grass dam and country road.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-07 10:03 PM

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

2009-06-08 8:07 AM
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Latonia, Kentucky (near Cincinnati)
Subject: RE: Deer Creek Triathlon - Olympic
Great race fellow BT'er.  It was a great day for a triathlon out there.  We really need a regional BTer in each area to bring a BT flag and plant it somewhere so we can all meet up and say HI.  Anyhow....well done....faux medal and all!  Smile
2009-06-08 8:24 AM
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Washington Court House, Ohio
Subject: RE: Deer Creek Triathlon - Olympic

Great race.  I might try my luck at the Oly Du sometime.  I am with you brother on the course cutting.  The racers are going to do it.  It will happen at every event.  I just wish HFP would disqualify them.  That is not too much to ask.  Trouble is, nobody ever gets disqualifed.


2009-06-09 10:40 AM
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Subject: RE: Deer Creek Triathlon - Olympic
"Aim high kid, someday you too can finish middle of the pack."

Bahahahahahahahahahahaha! Quote of the day!

Nice race. Just quit making fun of my helmet.  And shaving my legs does not make me a hooker. But yes, the blue blob in the cool helmet smoking you on the bike was me.

Nice race tom. Way to take second.
2009-06-09 10:53 AM
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Alpharetta (until we find a home)
Subject: RE: Deer Creek Triathlon - Olympic
actually they said I was third...which makes sense cause I finished 12th in subtract 10, add 1, carry the 7, divide by 3.145....which makes third place. Next time I will wait until Tuesday to even try to peek at the results.
2009-06-09 11:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Deer Creek Triathlon - Olympic
bananatoes - 2009-06-09 11:53 AM actually they said I was third...which makes sense cause I finished 12th in subtract 10, add 1, carry the 7, divide by 3.145....which makes third place. Next time I will wait until Tuesday to even try to peek at the results.

Hey look at that! I'm just as accurate as the race results!

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