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Motor City Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Detroit, Michigan
United States
Total Time = 2h 37m 30s
Overall Rank = 90/159
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 14/27
Pre-race routine:

Slept real light like I usually do before a race. Had a dream that I overslept and then forgot that I had a race until it was too late. Got up at 4:45, had some oatmeal and coffee. Stomach was a bit off, normally I have a banana too. Wasn't nervous, not sure what it was. I took an extra bottle of Accelerade and a Cliff bar to eat for the ride down to Belle Isle, but only drank about half of the bottle and didn't touch the Cliff bar.

Easy drive down, no traffic except other racers. Got there and set up T2, which was just a towel to mark my spot and put my shoes inside a plastic bag in case it rained.
Event warmup:

Road my bike 1mile down to T1 then walked around and talked to friends. I don't normally do much of a warm-up, but after this race I think I probably should have swam a few hundred yards.
  • 31m 3s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

This was a wave start of all males 40+, so there were quite a few starting off together

This was a beach start and the water is fairly shallow the first 50 yards out to the turn buoy, so lots of running and diving - not bad in an of itself except the river bottom is rocky and has lots of shells, so I was a bit tentative not wanting to bruise the hell out of my feet or cut them.

I positioned myself at about the middle of the pack - not being the fastest swimmer I thought the fasties would be up front and I'd be fine. I'm quite used to the initial few hundred yards being congested and having to pick my way through to open water, but this was way worse. As it turned out the guys that made it out first and raced to the first buoy were fairly slow and lots of them ended up walking. Plus it seemed a lot burned themselves out after a few hundred yards and also started walking. The water at that point along the outbound portion was only about 4' deep. I was astounded at the number of guys walking. It caused all sorts of congestion and I kept running into them and having to stop, stand up myself and surge through them. It wasn't till I got to the end and made my turn to deep water (about 500-600 yds) that I got some clear water to swim. I lost a lot of time on that first part and just couldn't get into my normal breathing rhythm. I was having to spend way too much time sighting. The leg back down the beach wasn't too bad - I was able to bilateral breath more and get my rhythm down, but then the turn downriver once again put me in with walkers.

As for the pace, I'm happy with it considering the wasted efforts having to over-sight and stop/start. This is the first race where I've broken the 2min/100yd pace. I'm sure that had I been able to get into my normal rhythm I probably could have done a minute or so better.
What would you do differently?:

Get to the front and let the faster swimmers go over me - I'd rather deal with being run over than to get caught up in all of the walkers.
Transition 1
  • 02m 38s

T1 time included 100yd+ run up the beach to the bike. Pulled off cap,goggles,and half of wetsuit before exiting the water. Nothing bad happened - got my suit off ok, put on socks which I always do - I never run without them and figure I'm going to spend time in one of the transitions, so I make it T1 - I prefer riding with socks anyway.

This time also included having to bag up my wet suit, towel, cap and goggles and zip up the backpack. I'd say this probably added 15-20 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 08m 57s
  • 23 miles
  • 20.01 mile/hr

Met up with George right away and he proceeded to draft off of me for 3 laps! He claims he was helping push me along :) Was nice to have some to talk to though. Saw Sue and Sarah on the first turn - didn't see them after that. Course was really flat and I didn't realize how much that'd affect me. I'm so used to hilly courses where I get a few seconds rest time coming down the backsides. In this case there was no rest - it was constant pedaling. There were a few lengths where there was a light headwind so had to work a bit more, but I had George pushing, which helped!!!

After 3 laps I pulled away from George and spun it up a bit. Got to the end and started to dismount the way I always do. I unclip my right foot and swing it over the bike and ride on the side. As soon as I did that I noticed a speed bump coming up - holy crap! I hit it and was ok, but was also going a bit too fast. Got to the dismount line, then tried to twist my left foot out of the clip to hop off like I always twisty, didn't want to come out - holy crap again! Down I went, hard right on my left cheek and side with the bike coming down hard on my right quad. Popped right up and I could tell immediately it wasn't going to be pretty. I could feel both areas tightening up and complaining already, but I just tried to ignore it and move on.
What would you do differently?:

Probably could have gone a bit stronger pace and still had enough left for the run. If I do this one again next year, I'll keep the pace at 21+ rather than the 20+ I was shooting for this year. Also, I'll play it safe and not do my flying dismount again.
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

I never ride with my feet on my shoes, though that might be something I start practicing to do - probably a lot safer than my normal dismount.

Was a little slow cuz of the crash, probably could have made it less than 60 seconds had I not pulled that bonehead move.
  • 53m 34s
  • 6.6 miles
  • 08m 07s  min/mile

First mile I was really stiff cuz of the bike crash, but I loosened up after that and was able to pick up the pace. I just kept an easy smooth pace for the first lap and then started to pick it up on the last. I timed it pretty good so that by the end I had nothing left in the tank, which is the goal.

I was very happy with this run. This is the fastest I've ever done this distance, even during training. The fact that I was able to do it even after crashing and having to run with double charlie horses speaks well to the last few years of training.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - this was a good run.
Post race
Warm down:

Paced around a little bit, got something to drink and some watermelon, then hung out with Sue and Sarah for a bit until they took off. I stayed and chatted with the BTers and Greyhounds.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Water walkers - what the hell is up with that anyway? Even if it is shallow enough to walk, its supposed to be a swim and for me being able to say I swam the whole thing is part of the accomplishment. I'm sure I would have been able to break 30mins had I not spent so much time dealing with them.

Event comments:

Actually for 3D I thought this was a good race. Everything was organized - they had plenty of volunteers and they actually had a pre-race meeting to explain the course, which is the first 3D race I've done where they've bothered to do that. I was nice that they had the jetski run the swim course first to show it to us.

I thought that having the 2 transition areas would be worse than it was - worked out pretty well and they had our T1 bags all waiting for us.

Overall, I'm pleased with the time. My unspoken goal was 2:30, but when I saw that I wasn't going to hit that I vowed to come in under 2:40 and I did that, so I'm happy. I wish the swim had gone better, but hey, you deal with the circumstances and can only blame myself for not pushing through that segment better.

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Last updated: 2010-01-26 12:00 AM
00:31:03 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 22/27
Overall: 137/159
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Full
Course: Up the beach and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:38
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
01:08:57 | 23 miles | 20.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/27
Overall: 121/159
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: 4 laps of the island
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:19
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:53:34 | 06.6 miles | 08m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/27
Overall: 81/159
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-06-14 7:35 AM

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Milford, MI
Subject: Motor City Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2010-06-14 8:18 AM
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Subject: RE: Motor City Triathlon - Olympic Distance
nice job out there coop.  that swim was ridiculous!  maybe next year they will have a walking lane in the water.  
2010-06-14 8:36 AM
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Subject: RE: Motor City Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Great job Coop!  I am bummed I didn't warn folks about the water walkers.  I always feel good about my swim, even though I'm not the fastest girl in the bunch and all the WALKERS.  WTF????  I did the sprint distance too, and never did hit my stride for such a short distance swim with WALKERS!  Oy vey to all that.

Glad to hear 3D tightened up on the organization of the race.  I did it in '08 and was pretty disappointed with their set up.....
2010-06-14 11:18 AM
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Subject: RE: Motor City Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Awesome race Coop!  That was a great run after your dump at T2!  What is it with you hounds anyway?   

Better get used to pushing it non stop on the bike...Rev3 is flat baby, flat!  Really nice ride, and once you get used to pushing on the flats, there will be no stopping you mister! 

Congrats on a great job inspite of the weenies walking in the water.  Steelhead will be much more your speed in the drink and on the bike too...then we ride flats, no?
2010-06-14 3:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Motor City Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Yeah, no more falling!!  Congrats on a great race especially pulling that drafter along...geez... 


LOVE that pic of you coming out of the water

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