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splash and dash - Biathlon (swim/run)

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tempe, Arizona
United States
4 Peaks Racing
82F / 28C
Total Time = 36m 55s
Overall Rank = 34/100
Age Group = M 25-29
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

Went to packed pickup and then set up my transition area. 45 minutes before swim start I started putting body glide on and then I put the wetsuit on about 20 minutes before the swim start.
Event warmup:

Some light stretching but not much more then that
  • 17m 46s
  • 1000 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters

I'm so much slower in open water then in the pool, even with a wetsuit on. I felt like I did really good on siting and as best I could at drafting. I went out a little fast and as a result battled a side stitch for the entire swim. After about 500M I was able to calm down a bit and start breathing every third stroke as well as breath bilaterally. This swim was decent but if I were a better swimmer I would be so much more comfortable.
What would you do differently?:

Try to just get into a good comfortable rhythm from the start instead of going out really fast and suffering through the rest of the swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m

I had a lot of trouble getting my wetsuit off. I finally just yanked it below my waste, stepped on it and yanked my arms out.
What would you do differently?:

A little more body glide and a smarter approach to taking the wetsuit off.
  • 17m 5s
  • 2.48 miles
  • 06m 53s  min/mile

The first loop was pretty hard. My HR was high from the swim and like always I went out fast. It took a good 8 minutes or so for me to settle into a rhythm that was comfortable. Once I settled down I was able to bring my pace back up and finish strong.
What would you do differently?:

Not go out so fast (I see a pattern developing here). Much better to go out a little easy to let the HR settle and then kick up the pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and BS'ed with a few friends

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Muscling my way through the swim without swimming efficiently and having a really high HR starting the run.

Event comments:

Even though this was a small race and they didn't give out awards for AG finishes it still feels good to have placed in my AG. I think I could have done a lot better if I had a better run but this was a good opportunity for me to swim in Temp Town Lake with a wetsuit prior to this weekend's HIM. That was my only motivation for this event so overall I'd say it was a great success.

Last updated: 2009-10-21 12:00 AM
00:17:46 | 1000 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 0/100
Performance: Average
Suit: Blueseventy Sprint
Course: Two loops of 500M
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time:  02:00
Overall: Below average
Removing cap, goggles and wetsuit: Below average
Getting into shoes: Average
00:17:05 | 02.48 miles | 06m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 0/100
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops of 2K.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-10-23 1:56 PM

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