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Ottawa Riverkeeper Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic


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Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
Somersault Events
25C / 77F
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 05m 26s
Overall Rank = 90/134
Age Group = Women 20-24
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6:30, out of the door by 7:15. Ate well, drank well. We got a little lost but still made it on time to pick up our race kits, set up in transition and go to the washroom. I put on my wetsuit maybe 15 minutes before the race began, took photos with my friend (she was doing the Olympic duathlon). We wished each other luck and parted ways 5 minutes before our starts.
Event warmup:

I warmed up in the water (a gorgeous and pleasantly warm 15-16C).
Swim
  • 27m 49s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 51s / 100 meters
Comments:

Hmm, I am NOT happy with my time per 100m. But it seems that no one's is really good, so my suspicions are confirmed: it was longer than 1500m. I didn't swim badly, I never veered off course, no one pushed me around (although I must admit I swam over people, and pushed them -- what? They were getting in my way!). And geez, the run from the beach to transition was long!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I swam strongly. Maybe not as intensely as last time, but that was 95% adrenaline. And I was in the top 27% of swimmers, so that's pretty nice.
Transition 1
  • 00m
Comments:

OH MY GOD. Not only was the run from the beach to the transition long (I'd say 300m), the run from transition to the bike course was DISGUSTINGLY long. It was like 700m of running awkwardly over a sandy beach, wooden bridge, small paths with non-athletes walking around. Oh my god, that added millions of minutes to my overall time. Everyone was pretty pissed about that...
What would you do differently?:

I would be the race director and organize the course better. Other than that, practice whipping the wetsuit off my heels.
Bike
  • 1h 43m 46s
  • 44.4 kms
  • 25.67 km/hr
Comments:

Okay, yes, the course sucked. But the bike is definitely my weakest link, here. 115/134? God that sucks. Yes, yes, yes, I only started biking like 2-3 months ago... but still. This is where I will need to improve the most in the next year. I pass most people in the swim, they all pass me again in the bike, and I re-pass maybe half of them on the run. Hmph.
What would you do differently?:

More bike training. And, once again, change the layout of the course.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Comments:

Other than that 700m+ run to transition, T2 went so smoothly that I thought I had forgotten something.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it was perfect.
Run
  • 53m 52s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 23s  min/km
Comments:

This was probably the most well done of the 3. I got out, I ran, I drank well, and I finished in a respectable time.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out how the drink gatorade and run/jog at the same time.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around, drink water and a bit of gatorade, eat a tiny bit, watch and take pictures of my friend coming in from her duathlon. Once she was done, we got food, and went to cool down in the lake. The chilly water felt wonderful.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

- My bike strength and speed
- Those stupidly planned transitions
- My laziness (honestly, I am just not tired or sore after races...) -- I get paranoid and nervous and conserve energy and don't go all out. I guess that comes with practice and knowing what the body can handle.

Event comments:

It's a beautiful site in a wonderful park, but god damn it, those transitions were horrible and sharing part of the pathway with pedestrians and recreational cyclists on the bike was horrid, and the run also had recreational cyclists and runners. Horrid planning and execution. Yeah, I'll probably go back because it's a wonderful, friendly atmosphere and the bike part is flat as hell, but I will complain a boatload first.

Gender Place: 17/41




Last updated: 2009-05-30 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:27:49 | 1500 meters | 01m 51s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 36/134
Performance: Average
8/41 place in my gender Didn't have the major adrenaline rush that I had last time.
Suit: nineteen women's XS
Course: It was a mass start. I've never done one of those before. Usually we go in waves. It was a triangle course which we did 3 times. It felt much MUCH longer than 1500m, not because I was tired or because I didn't sight well, it just really felt like it was longer.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 15C / 59F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:43:46 | 44.4 kms | 25.67 km/hr
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 115/134
Performance: Below average
29/41 place in my gender Lap details (only including the laps when we were on the road, except for the last lap, that includes up until bike was done) Lap 1: 22:33 Lap 2: 22:18 Lap 3: 23:46 Lap 4: 25:52
Wind: Some
Course: Blergh, the course sucked. It was maybe 2-3km on small paths where recreational bikers and runners were also present, then we had to ride over grass and then either get off our bike or jump a curb to get onto the road. That was 4 loops of a flat course. Pretty decent. On the way back, we were forced to get off our bikes, get over the curb, across the grass and back onto that stupid path. Then again we had to go through that horrible transition of running awkwardly with our bike shoes and bikes for 700m into the transition zone. Just stupid stupid stupid planning. God I'm pissed. T1 and T2 times (and those stupid runs) are included in this part of the triathlon. Gosh that sucked. What a waste of so many minutes!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:53:52 | 10 kms | 05m 23s  min/km
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 79/134
Performance: Good
12/41 place in my gender Here are the km splits 1km: 4:46 2km: 5:45 3km: 4:56 4km: 6:02 (gatorade stop) 5km: 5:18 6km: 5:21 7km: 6:05 (gatorade stop) 8km: 4:52 9km: 5:39 10km: 5:08
Course: It was a 5km out and back, so we did that twice. Most of it was shaded in a forest by the water, about 2km of it was on a path by a road. Overall, pretty great except the path wasn't all too smooth.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

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2009-06-13 5:18 PM
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Hey congrats! I did this race last year......hmmm, its not on my race calendar this year! Wonder why??
Silly silly course....... 
2009-06-13 7:01 PM
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aquagirl - 2009-06-13 6:18 PM Hey congrats! I did this race last year......hmmm, its not on my race calendar this year! Wonder why??
Silly silly course....... 


Those ridiculous transitions!! They even moved the transition zone to accommodate more people this year, making it the T1 distance even further! Gross gross gross!
2009-06-14 7:23 AM
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Good job in Ottawa!  No worries about the bike, you'll get faster in no time!

2009-06-14 10:49 AM
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steve8 - 2009-06-14 8:23 AM

Good job in Ottawa!  No worries about the bike, you'll get faster in no time!



Thanks! And yep, I plan on focusing on my weakest links (rather than my strongest) in the coming months. I hope to see great improvements in time!
2009-06-15 8:19 AM
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Great job, you racing queen!! How many now?? LOL! All sounds like it went pretty well!


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juniperjen - 2009-06-15 9:19 AM Great job, you racing queen!! How many now?? LOL! All sounds like it went pretty well!


Yep, it was quite a fun race. There was never a moment where I thought, for whatever reason or glitch, "OH GOD NOOOOOO!". So I consider that a success! :P
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Great race Krystyna!!! Congratulations on your second Olympic distance! Fantastic time, great run speed. You did really well. Its the half next isn't it???

 

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eurydice79 - 2009-06-15 3:55 PM

Great race Krystyna!!! Congratulations on your second Olympic distance! Fantastic time, great run speed. You did really well. Its the half next isn't it???

 



Yep yep, it was the 2nd Olympic distance of the year, and it felt pretty good! Next is HIM, and although I am nervous, I plan on just going out there and having fun!!
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Congrats on a good race.

Too bad about the transitions.  I did the race last year and while there was a long run to T1 from the water, the bike course was directly out of the transition area - no extra run.  As it was the course is a pain with the bike path section.  They try and tell you not to pass or use aeorbars on the path - is this a race or not?

Two years ago this race was put on at Westboro Beach instead of Britannia and it was one of the best locations I have raced at.  I wish they would move it back - it was fantastic.

Good luck with your next race.

 

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Congratulation on the race Krystyna

Really good time, even with that long transition area. The HIM is in two weeks and a half now, you will so kick out there


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