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Tempe, Arizona
United States
89F / 32C
Total Time = 5h 29m 16s
Overall Rank = 322/897
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 65/136
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4am race day, had the usual breakfast: 1 banana, oatmeal, peanut butter sandwich and and a coffee Mike and I picked up at Starbucks the night before. Finished the coffeed and started drinking my gatorade. Rene, Jes, and the kids woke up with us. Mike and I dropped the bikes off the day before so we only had to take our race bags. We were on the road by 4:40 from Fountain Hills to Tempe.
Event warmup:

Mike and I set up transition, aired the tires and got everything ready to go. We didn't have a whole lot of time. No one was allowed in the water before the event. Transition was closed at 6:20ish so we grabbed our wetsuits, said goodbyes to the family and headed to our designated wave. It was a beautiful morning.
  • 43m 25s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

The music before the wave was awesome and really pumped me up. Since it was a floating start, we had to tread water for about 8 minutes before hand. Mike and I went along the inside buoy line. My goggles were really fogged and I could not see anything. The first 100 yards were a bit conjested but opened up nicely. I spotted on the sun and just swam to the left of the sun and that seemed to work well. My goggles finally cleared about 600-700 yards in. I focused on my tempo(1:17) and staying streamlined in the water. Once I found my rhythymn I had no issues and could have swam for a long long time.
What would you do differently?:

Really nothing. I know swimming is my limiter but I executed as planned with very little problem. My goal time for the swim was 47min and I finished 43:25. I will improve for next year but really, the swim was easy and better than expected.
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

Wet Suit strippers helped a lot. My legs were a little wobbly. Very solid transition with the distance that had to be run from the swim exit to the T1 entrance.
What would you do differently?:

I may have been able to shave 10 seconds by not putting my Tri bag under my bike. Other than that, I was very pleased. I gained 8 spots from 103 place on the swim to 95 after transition so I passed people on transition!
  • 2h 44m 3s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.48 mile/hr

The roads were smooth! My goal was to average 180 watts on the bike and nailed it perfectly. My average speed was a little over 20MPH with a goal of 18MPH. My nutrion consisted of the following:
On the bike:
- S-Caps for Sodium
- 1 Uncrustable - Bento Box
- 3 hour bottle of perpetuem in aero bottle
- 1 bottle of gatorade on down tube
- 1 bottle of water
- 3 Gus in Bento box

I ate all on my bike with the exception of all of the Gu's. I picked up two waters on the bike. Set the power meter to yell at me for anything less than 180 Watts and maintained 180 for as much as possible.

Every loop it was great to seek Rene, the kids, Jes and Jake yelling everytime I went by. I need to be less aggressive on lap one on the turns. I took a couple of them a little too fast and it really didn't gain me anytyhing

What would you do differently?:

This would be a perfect course for Disc wheels or a really deep dish setup. Next time I will use a disc rear wheel
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s

My T2 was solid. I was in and out pretty quickly. I had a good position in transition.
What would you do differently?:

Get out of my shoes before the parking lot.
  • 1h 58m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 03s  min/mile

My left knee "tweaked" at mile 4 and I thought I was in big trouble. I focused on POSE taking shorter strides, higher cadence and no toe push off and that helped instantly. I knew my buddy Mike was about 5 minutes ahead of me on the bike. At about mile 9 I looked up and saw Mike so I kicked it up to catch him. One of the coolest parts of the entire event is when I came up and said "Hey Montoya, lets finish this thing" we ran the rest of the way in pushing each other. He started to point out the buoy locations for the 2.4IMAZ swim and I told him to shut up. One step at a time. At about 1.5 miles to go, I calculated that if we average sub 9 minute miles the rest of the way in we could break 5:30 for the overall event. I passed this info to Mike and he took off. As we were in the home stretch I was hurting bad, talking to myself etc... Mike told me to man up and we finished strong! One of the Outlaws husbands was video taping the finish and when we were in the chute he yelled Hey Mike, we both gave a wave and he emailed us the video. It was pretty cool. It was great when our wives saw us and yelled "they are finishing together" It was pretty awesome. Mike shoved me across the finish line first but we finished together. He is a good friend and next year IMAZ!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing significant, it was perfect ending to a perfect day. My legs felt good and I finished stong with nothing left just as it should be. If there was one thing that I would change would be running through the aid stations. Each one probably cost me 30 seconds and 11 is a lot of time.
Post race
Warm down:

We found our wives and kids. I got the biggest teary hug from my wife and kids (which was nice). We grabbed some water and talked to a few of the NM Outlaws. We got our gear. Stopped at In&Out Burger and ate a mombo Cheeseburger and fries and went to the Condo. The kids swam, Mike and I cooled our legs in the pool. I got in the hot tub and streched. Had a steak and a couple of beers to celebrate. It was truly a perfect day!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I could have pushed the swim and maybe shaved a minute or two. My transitions were solid. I need more power on the bike and get my seat moved forward. I find myself constantly pushing myself off the rivet for comfort but I always settle to the front. Other than that, my race was 30 minutes better than my goal time. I don't know what I could have done differently.

Event comments:

Great race, great venue, great volunteers. My only complaints are as follows:
- The T shirt didn't have any distance or anything saying how far the event was. For this being my first 1/2 Iron distance, it would have been nice if the T shirt would have said so.
- Food for supporters. There wasn't any. Our wives and kids had to bring their own food in and for being out in the heat for 6+ hours it is a long day. Food for purchase on the grounds would have been great and would have made it much more enjoyable for them.

Last updated: 2009-10-27 12:00 AM
00:43:25 | 2112 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 103/136
Overall: 437/897
Performance: Good
Suit: Qroo Superfull
Course: The course was a counter clockwise swim from just west of Mill bridge East, left turn, short 100 - 200 Meters North, left turn West back to Mill Bridge. Final left turn to shore up the steps to the swim finish
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:53
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
02:44:03 | 56 miles | 20.48 mile/hr
Age Group: 68/136
Overall: 0/897
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 x 18 mile loops around Tempe. The roads were in fantastic and smooth. Some of the turns were tight.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 91
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:20
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:58:33 | 13.1 miles | 09m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/136
Overall: 0/897
Performance: Good
Course: Flat course around Tempe Town Lake on mostly concrete trails. The run was scenic around the lake but it was getting really warm. The concrete was hot. I poured a lot of ice water on me during the run and seemed to help. Over the next mile I would dry out and do it all over again at the next stop.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2009-10-28 2:28 PM

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2009-10-28 9:26 PM
in reply to: #2484735

Albuquerque, NM
Well done Tracy!  It was a great day and thanks for pushing me the last 4 miles.  You had solid training and a solid plan that worked perfectly to the end!  Keep it up and next year IMAZ. 
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