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East Fork Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Bethel, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
82F / 28C
Total Time = 2h 46m 11s
Overall Rank = 57/130
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 8/16
Pre-race routine:

Drove down to Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon. Got to the East Fork area right around 4:30, however I passed the park entrance and went about 10 miles past it. Got to check-in right as they were closing up shop, but they got me taken care of. A few other stragglers came in behind me. I'm glad I figured out where I was going before race day. The only issue with going the day before was that it gave me all night to think about the big hill to start the bike and run. After checking in went to the hotel checked in and then went to the mall.
Event warmup:

Got to the race site way to early. Got my body marked, set-up transition then had close to 2 hours to wait until my wave went off. Got in the water to see how it felt but really just sat around waiting.
  • 25m 45s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Swim felt pretty good.They had the sprint distance go off in all of their waves first and waited about 10 minutes after their last wave started to get the Olympic waves going. I was in the second Olympic wave, their were probably under 40 people in my wave. I seeded myself in the back left and found myself in pretty open water right away. I was breathing every 4th stroke on the first lap, then switched to every third stroke on the second lap. The switch to bilateral breathing was to help my sighting to try to pick up the buoys while breathing on the left side. This didn't work out too well. I was all over the place on lap two. At one point I swam inside one of the kayaks. The nice lady on the kayak directed me back the right way. Another time I started swimming diagonally across the course to one of the opposite buoys. I would love to see a track of my swim. I got headed in the right direction and then made it to the end. My number one fan noted that I kept stopping every couple of strokes toward the end to sight. I really need to work on that.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better. I probably added some distance zig-zagging my way through the course.
Transition 1
  • 01m 43s

Nothing special here. I went sockless and thought I made it through the transition fine.
  • 1h 24m 30s
  • 24.8 miles
  • 17.61 mile/hr

I made a major mistake at the mount line here. It was a little tight and I don't always have the easiest time clipping into my pedals, I'm still new at this, so I decided to move to where it was a little more open. Well if you've ever seen the course at East Fork you start up a nice hill and I moved myself on to the beginning of that hill. DUMB!! Clipped the right side in and couldn't get my left foot clipped, I toppled right over at the bike start, at least I was out of the way though. I had to steady myself on the fence to get clipped in. A little embarrassing yes, but again my number 1 fan was there and had a very calming effect on me so all was good. Probably cost me at least a minute or two and a place in the my age group.

After clipping in on got on my way up the hill. Mistake number two on the bike was not having things in the proper gear for the start, big hill and big ring don't play nice together. So as I was getting going on the bike a runner in the in the Du reminded me to use all my gears to get up a hill. When I got out of the park and on to the roads I was into a pretty good rhythm and felt good about the bike. Things were going well for the first 9 miles until we got to the biggest hill on the course.

On this hill I again failed to set myself up properly. I didn't get to the biggest in the back until I was already really cranking. The gear changes were not as smooth as they should have been and things never made it to the top cog. I couldn't keep up the forward momentum and about 150 feet from the top of the hill I fell again. Had to walk up the rest of the way because there was no way I would be able to clip back in on the hill. This thankfully was the last of my bike mistakes for the day.

Coming down that hill was fun. I felt pretty good the whole ride. Just a little silly on my two falls. Since they were pretty much at zero speed nothing was hurt on my person or the bike. Those issue both probably cost me a least a minute or two in both instances. Probably only cost me one spot in the age group, maybe two.

Course was well marked and the sheriffs and volunteers were great out there. I thanked them all. Overall I was happy with my bike, I would like to avoid falls in the future, but for my first Olympic distance race I was content.
What would you do differently?:

First and foremost just clip in at the mount line. It might have been tight, but it was flat. Also I would keep the negative thoughts out of my head with regard to clipping in. Just get on the bike and ride.

Train on more hills. If I do this race again next year, which I probably will, July will focus me on some hills. My main race is the Rev 3 half which is a very flat course, I haven't trained on too many hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s

Had to sit down to get my socks on. I think I'm going to try to start running sockless for Sprint and Olympic distances. Other than that I think things went well.
What would you do differently?:

  • 52m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 29s  min/mile

I was disappointed in my run. I am not sure if the hill psyched me out or what. I was hoping to run closer to an 8 minute mile pace. I felt really good off the bike and until I got to the bottom of the hill I was fine, when I got to that hill it just sucked the life out of me. I had to walk half way up it on loop one. Loop two I walked the whole thing. I also walked the aid station on lap two both on the out and back. I should have been able to run the whole course. I'm not really sure if I was just out of gas or what.
What would you do differently?:

Not stop running. After that first time I started walking, it was easier to walk in the future. Just keep running, drop the pace back if you need to, but don't walk.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some water and took a seat in a chair. Grabbed a half of a peanut butter sandwich and some cookies.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my first Olympic distance so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Obviously my issues clipping in was my biggest problem.

Event comments:

I liked the race. It was only my second Tri overall, my first Olympic. I liked the HFP Racing set-up and will probably race the whole series in 2011. I was really using the race as a training day for the Rev 3 half, but feel that the Olympic distance is one that I will continue to race. In fact I might just do Vermillion in two weeks.

Last updated: 2010-08-02 12:00 AM
00:25:45 | 1640 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/16
Overall: 47/130
Performance: Good
Course: Two loop rectangle.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 01:43
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:24:30 | 24.8 miles | 17.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/16
Overall: 68/130
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:30
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:52:41 | 06.21 miles | 08m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/16
Overall: 52/130
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Average 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?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-08-03 9:29 AM

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