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Revolution 3 Olympic Distance Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
Revolution 3
Total Time = 3h 00m 18s
Overall Rank = 243/372
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 14/22
Pre-race routine:

Mila and Rick fed us. Great meal: Salad, lasagna, garlic bread and key lime pie. I had two helpings of everything but pie which was too much, but it was that good. Thanks!

Slept in a closet on a leaky air mattress. Surprisingly, I slept pretty well.
Event warmup:

Nothing much. It was cold and no swim warmups were allowed so the walk to the start sufficed. We did get a few minutes at the start though.
  • 28m 13s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Not bad for me. My swim is really inconsistent but this was an average Oly swim for me. Not great, not horrible. The large bright yellow buoys did make it easy to navigate. I was able to draft off of a couple of guys for quite a ways, both directly behind and off to the side. I prefer drafting off of someone's hip so I can follow them visually but then you can lose them when they pass someone.

The only time I had navigation problems is when I let my mind wander. Even then, I never drifted very far off course.
What would you do differently?:

Keep my mental focus.
Transition 1
  • 03m 28s

A longish run to transition. The wetsuit cam off quick enough. I did take my time with this one though, putting on socks and a cycling jacket. The air was cold so it was time well spent.
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 1h 34m 5s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.85 mile/hr

This was my longest Olympic distance bike time ever, but the course was demanding so I think the time speaks more to the course than my fitness.

Passed Ron in the first few miles. He looked good. I was kind of hoping to pass him in the water though. ;) Saw the bear as he passed me. For a flatlander he sure can climb on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. This race was a hard training day and I went strictly on RPE. Seemed to judge where to keep the effort ok. Stayed in the same place in my AG as I exited the water in, so I'm ok with it.
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

Not bad.
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile

Moved up one spot in my AG, and a few overall. Good enough for a training race that I didn't taper for.

Caught up to Dylan in the second half, we ran together for a while. Again, no HRM or Garmin. Ran totally on feel. Picked up the pace with about a third of a mile to go. I probably could have opened it up a bit earlier, but I haven't done any intense running in so long that I didn't trust my ability to judge how long I could hold a hard effort.

Mila and Rick were at the chute cheering when I came in. It's such a boost having BTers there cheering you in. Awesome.

There were one or two spots where the run and bike courses converged that need to be worked on, but that's a pretty typical situation for the first time a race is put on. I'm sure it'll be worked out next year.

This wasn't a great run placement for me for an Oly but given my much better than usual bike placement it's ok.
What would you do differently?:

Not eat the flavor/brand gel that I don't consume in training.

Not going to be an issue for a while anyway, Infinit was at the expo and Michael supplied me with enough product to allow me to train for and race the Musselman. So thanks to Infinit!
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not training consistently for a long period before race day, no taper, excess weight.

But: this was a hard training day, not an A or even B race. I got a good sense of where my fitness is and I'm happy with it. I'm confident going into the tri season. I'll be racing Keuka Lake next month as a B race so that will be the real test for me.

I was very consistent across all three sports which is great. It's reassuring to not need to focus on any one sport.

Event comments:

Loved this event, absolutely loved it. And the word is "Event" not "Race".
They do everything incredibly well. Expo entertainment, great activities for the kids, assigned transition spaced labeled with your name, incredibly well marked courses, nice race swag (headsweats visor, quality cotton t-shirt and a good long sleeve tech finisher's shirt), a large pro field most of whom are very approachable (Kelly Williamson is my new favorite female pro), computer workstations to look up your results on large hi def screens, the list goes on. The only way they can improve it in my mind would be to upgrade the post race food a bit. Replace the dry turkey or ham sandwich with burgers or hot dogs maybe. How's that for being picky? Other than that I just can't think of anything else they could do to improve this race. *Edited after the fact: the race results page is really confusing. It needs to be redone to make things like standings and overall times for each leg clearer. That's generally an athletes last contact with the race, so it's an important point.

It's that well planned and executed. Particularly considering that it was a first year event and only the second race so far for this group, it was a huge success.

There's a new superstar on the American triathlon scene and it's name is Rev3.

Last updated: 2010-03-25 12:00 AM
00:28:13 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/22
Overall: 201/372
Performance: Average
Suit: Nineteen Full
Course: Down rive for about 500 meters then turn around at the buoy and go 1000 meters upriver.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:28
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:34:05 | 24.85 miles | 15.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/22
Overall: 209/372
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Up, down, up, down, turn, up, turn, up, down, turn, down, up, down, turn, down, blind curve, down, etc. Notice that the words "straight" and "flat" never appear there. It's the most technical bike course I've ever ridden in a triathlon. I liked it. It's challenging but in a unique way. You're constantly shifting gears. I did see one guy tip into a roadside ditch. He wobbled a bit too close to the edge of the road and down he went. He was fine. The course was marked and staffed incredibly well. Even with all the turns. Police presence at any intersection that looked the least bit busy. I even heard some LEOs shout encouragement to racers which is very unusual. Tenn. hospitality at work.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:50:41 | 06.21 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/22
Overall: 185/372
Performance: Average
Course: I liked this course. It's varied enough to be interesting. Some elevation changes, but nothing too hard. The middle part on the trail is really nice. Loved the aid station volunteers.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-05-10 1:03 PM

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Fairport, NY
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2010-05-10 1:08 PM
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Nice job, for just a hard training day.  Super run in particular.  I'm sure you'll do great next month.   It was a fun weekend! 

Edited by BikerGrrrl 2010-05-10 1:09 PM
2010-05-10 1:26 PM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Great job!

Thanks again for hosting a great weekend .

LOL, good bike course description.
2010-05-10 2:17 PM
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Binghamton, NY
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Congrats Mike!!! Sounds like a very fun race event. Tim said he ran into you down there. What do you mean "RIDE MY BIKE!" ?
2010-05-10 2:44 PM
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Knoxville area
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Awesome! It was great to finally meet up!
2010-05-10 4:55 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great job mike...glad you had a fun fun time

2010-05-10 5:01 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Sounds like a great event
2010-05-10 5:38 PM
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Great race.   Sorry I could not hang around until untile the finish.  TW
2010-05-10 5:51 PM
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Well, it sounds you beat the one goal you had---beat Ron!

Nice job!
2010-05-11 7:44 AM
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Canandaigua NY
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Nice job, especially for a "training day"!  Sounds like a race (or one of their others) that should be added to my "must do" list.  Great description of the events!

From your results I better get busy to keep up with you at Keuka and Musselman!

2010-05-11 11:44 AM
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Nice work.  Thanks for sharing.  I enjoyed reading your account.  You are right about the results.  Too confusing.

2010-05-11 8:06 PM
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Royersford, PA
Subject: RE: Revolution 3 Olympic Distance Triathlon
Nice to meet you MarmaDaddy, and I agree this was a great event. I was just wandering around the expo and got to meet 4-5 pros (several times I didn't even know who I was talking to until later when they were doing the press conference.) Like any first year race there are a few things they can (and I'm confident will) fix but having done a number of 1st time events they did a great job.

Nice race. And it was great to meet so many BTer at the race and expo.
2010-05-12 7:31 AM
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Good race!  And thanks again for letting me hang out w/ the BT crowd.  It was really nice meeting the people behind the names.  :-)  Good luck at Musselman.
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