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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Red Rock Company
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 11m 25s
Overall Rank = 5/627
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/81
Pre-race routine:

Jamie and I were up by 4:00am, had some coffee and a Cliff Bar, apologized to the dogs for leaving them behind, and hit the road a little after 5. No big rush, bikes were already in Transition. This was Jamie's 3rd Olympic race but her first non-wet suit 1500M swim. It would be a great training day for her SOMA Half IM prep. For me, it was another Olympic race in Tempe Town Lake...but deep down, I felt like it was something more.

This season has been a bit up and down. It started poorly with a bike crash and DNF at the Lake Havasu Tritahlon season opener in March. In april, I found redemption in Las Palomas, Mexico with a 3rd OA, my best OA finish at that time. From there I went back to race a solid effort at Tempe International in early May.

Then came my two Halfs, Dueces Wild and Mountain Man, two tough races at 6000+ feet elevation. Sho Low was a mess for me. A sub par swim and run where I not only got lost on the course but kind of gave up on the run. I earned a bit of redemption again at Mountain Man, where my 2nd OA was my highest finish ever, but I still felt like my run wasn't so great.

So Little ol' Nathans would be my last race prior to IMAZ, and I wanted it to be a validation of my current fitness...and I wanted to just have a good day. :)
  • 29m 13s
  • 1968 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

Well, once again I had to suffer a poorly measured swim course. This is 2nd time this year a Tempe Lake Olympic course has been at least 200M long. Our local pro Lewis Elliot swam a 24+. I spoke with the RD after and he said it was clearly long and apologized for the mess up. While I was out there, I felt very good, with a high turnover, good body position, seemingly good sighting, but not a lot of draft opportunities. I had to navigate through at least 2 of the waves ahead, so I just spotted for clear water and put myself there. When i hit the exit stairs, I looked at my watch and saw 28:xx and just shook my head. I also gave a thought to Jamie and hoped she wouldn't be discouraged by this long swim.
What would you do differently?:

Find a RD who can measure a swim course, I am tired of having to make up so many positions on the bike!
Transition 1
  • 01m 1s

Had a smooth T1. I had a very long run with my bike to the mount line and had my shoes clipped into the pedals. I hit the mount line and got going and out from Transition before slipping into my shoes, which I did with relative ease and speed. Evrything went very well.
  • 59m 51s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.91 mile/hr

Coach Nick had targeted a 162HR for the bike which is my bike AT or thereabouts. As I settled down into the ride, my HR came up to 157 and sort of sat there for a few miles. The course has a decent number of turns, so my HR would drop and I would bring it back up, but it seemed to love that 157. I was feeling very good and thought ok, well, let's see if it builds intot he 2nd lap. I was riding well, passing everyone. Course seemed much safer than last year. the second lap was more of the same and my HR was a steady 157. I considered pushing harder but figure I had the run still and really wanted to have a good run. I thought I was just closer to 1:01 and was very suprised when I saw the 59min split. This si the first time I have really split a true sub 1:00 on a proper 40K course. VERY happy with my current bike fitness especiall considering the efoort level was below target.
What would you do differently?:

Ride harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

Some slight numness in my little toe made putting on my right shoe a bit difficult. I ran out of T2 carrying my visor and race belt, I normally stand there putting them on, which is a waste of time. Still, my time was kind of average, but I had a really long run with my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Hope to be assigned a better spot on the rack. Jamie and I were way on the end.
  • 40m 4s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 27s  min/mile

I headed down the south side of the lake and felt really good...until Chris Latvahoo, a freind in the 35-39AG went by me like I was standing still! He was flying (he split a 3:09 in Kona in '08) and I wasn't ready to chase. I also started 4min behind him but I was sure he would put that time into me if he held that pace. My HR goal for the run was 167, but again, I felt like i wanted to build into it and have a solid 2nd lap. So I stayed on my pace, running long and smooth. Breathing was steady, form was spot on, HR was low 160's and slowly built up. On the secong lap, I was still feeling great, my HR eventually hit the 167-168 mark and I was moving well. i wish I had split halfway to see if I negative split the run. I certainly held a strong pace ont he back half and even Chris couldn't put in enough time to beat me int he overall. I knew i wasn't going 100% but I just felt so damn good, I didn't care! I was having a good run and I was having fun. :)

What would you do differently?:

Run harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Had some pizza, watched Jamie finish 7th in her AG!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I did. I held back as the concern of having a poor perfromance was stronger than my desire to go really hard and I am happy with that decision. IMAZ will be the day to leave nothing behind, not this day.

Event comments:

I left all my dissapointments from this year out on the course this day. I was 5th overall behind 3 pro's and know that I had more to give. I never had the negative thoughts that seemed to haunt me earlier this season during the race. The demons have been exercised and I am ready to do what I need to do at IMAZ.

Last updated: 2009-07-23 12:00 AM
00:29:13 | 1968 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/81
Overall: 23/627
Performance: Good
Suit: ZOOT Speedsuit
Course: Rectangular
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:01
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:59:51 | 24.85 miles | 24.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/81
Overall: 3/627
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: This was a new course for this race and they finally have found a decent route which is the correct distance. For years, this course was a bit short and then last year, due to light rail contruction, it was too long by a few miles and VERY technical with a lot of dangerous corners and 180's. It's till technical, but had longer straight sections. Flat and fast.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:40:04 | 06.21 miles | 06m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/81
Overall: 12/627
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops around Tempe Town Lake on the rec path and sidewalks.
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
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-09-28 8:35 AM

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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2009-09-28 11:25 AM
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Fulton, MD
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Sweet race!  Another AG win and top 5 overall placing.  Training is working out so that even the short distance stuff is strong!

I'm looking forward to watching you two months from now.
2009-09-28 12:34 PM
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San Diego, CA
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Congrats on a fantastic race!! Well done. Can't wait to see you smoke the field at IMAZ.
2009-09-28 1:34 PM
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Congrats on your excellent race!  Great confidence booster for IMAZ! Cool
2009-09-28 3:47 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Awesome job, way to go sub-1 hour, that is just amazing! Cant wait to see what you do at IMAZ!

2009-09-28 6:07 PM
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2009-09-29 7:54 AM
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Reston, VA
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Really solid overall race and it looks like you beat out at least one if not more of the local pros on the bike. You are looking great going into IMAZ!
2009-09-29 3:13 PM
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Pulaski TN
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Solid performance out there!!

2009-09-30 7:27 AM
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Good stuff.  Very soild effort across all three sports.  You're clearly ready for IM... Go get it...

2009-09-30 9:08 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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GREAT race, Bryan!!  You really torched the course, and even had some left in the tank.   It sounds like you are heading right where you want to be for IMAZ - best of luck in your quest to KQ again - I know you can do it! 

2009-09-30 12:26 PM
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Wow! I hope one day I can be as fast as you.

.. and sorry about the ranting of pizza in my RR   I guess I'm still a newbie at these triathlons so I didn't know any better   Keep up the awesome work!!

2009-09-30 2:05 PM
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Alpharetta, GA
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Great report and race Bryan.  FAST!!!  I would kill for your bike split!
2009-09-30 2:50 PM
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Chandler, Arizona
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congrats on another amazing race. Looking forward to seeing you KQ at IMAZ!

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