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Northern "Orillia" Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Orillia, Ontario
Subaru Triathlon Series
23C / 73F
Total Time = 1h 49m 33s
Overall Rank = 86/603
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/51
Pre-race routine:

Woke up in the morning and had the usual pre-race jitters. I don't think these will ever pass for me, but it also curbs my appetite. Just had a couple of slices of bread and jam, and off I went.
Event warmup:

By the time I got organized I only had a couple of minutes to splash around before we went off. It was raining, so that was going to make the race interesting.
  • 14m 53s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters

The swim was good, and I was really happy afterwards to see I'd finally broken the 2:00 barrier (just). Defintely a little rougher than normal out there, and the conditions didn't help - we got battered coming around the first bouy, but it was smooth sailing most of the way back. I swam wide to avoid some of the congestion + it was a more dircet line to the beach.
Transition 1
  • 01m 15s

Good transition and I was the 8th fastest - I realized that while not slow in previous races, I've given up some seconds for no reason.
  • 1h 02m 39s
  • 33 kms
  • 31.60 km/hr

I did well on the ride, and the watts showed that I pushed my pace. The ride times were definetly slower than last year, but I think that's because the conditions sucked, and the wind didn't seem to come from any one direction. About 2km into my ride I heard a rattling and realized that the velcro strap that held my aero bottle in place had come undone and my bottle was sliding out of the holder. I had to stop and fiddle with the strap and the people I'd already passed all came whizzing by. I didn't realize what this stop would cost me in the end.

The rest of the ride went well, and I only found myself getting passed on a couple of occasions and I passed plenty of people from the earlier waves.
What would you do differently?:

Had a good ride, but lost a bit of time due to the bottle issue. I also need to figure out a replacement for Gatorade when I race, cause I can drink gallons of the stuff training, but in the race it just leaves a nasty sweet taste in my mouth.

Need to work on the engine this fall and winter.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Tied for 7th fastest T2, and I struggled with my left shoe. The tongue was sticking out a bit and I had to wrestle with it to sit properly which cost a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Check how my shoes looked before leaving transition. Having to fix the shoe lost me a few seconds and caused me some unneeded aggravation.
  • 29m 54s
  • 7 kms
  • 04m 16s  min/km

In the past I've tried to ease into the run, but today it was all about hitting it hard and trying to hang on. My good friend and archrival always beats me every race, and I wanted to try and catch him on the run today (he's a much better swimmer). I ran pretty hard for the first 3km and kept pushing when I saw the turnaround marker. We passed each other about 200M apart. This was the closest I'd ever been mid way through the run.

With just over 3km to go I picked up the pace and all I cared about was catching the red jersey a couple of hundred meters ahead. I should mention that my entire run, I'd been feeling this pain/discomfort from the left shoe I'd mucked with in transition. By the end of the run I'd rubbed my foot raw and it was bleeding - but there was no way I could stop and try to fix it during that run.

With just under 3km to go, and me closing the gap, my legs decided they'd had enough. They suddenly protested and started to seize in both quads. I had to choose - keep running hard or slow it down a bit. I gambled and kept going with my legs screaming at me. I got within 50M, but the legs wouldn't give anymore and I lost a little bit of distance in the final 1km. I finished 22 seconds behind - so agonoizingly close.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I had no run base from the winter and spring due to the ITB issue, so my run volume has been tiny. I couldn't have asked for a better run considering where my training has been.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing really, just walked a bit, tried to stretch the quads, but they didn't want to limber up for me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need more bike and run training. I'm really happy with the swim, but now would like to see myself push my race times down a bit more.

Event comments:

30 seconds separated my 13th place from 8th place. The race was really closely stacked this year, so it will be interesting to see what I can manage with a full winter of training.

I'll be back next year.

Last updated: 2010-08-23 12:00 AM
00:14:53 | 750 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 16/51
Overall: 120/603
Performance: Good
Suit: Nineteen Pipeline
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:02:39 | 33 kms | 31.60 km/hr
Age Group: 16/51
Overall: 120/603
Performance: Good
Have to analyze the power data, but avg watts = 207 (highest for a race so far).
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:29:54 | 07 kms | 04m 16s  min/km
Age Group: 9/51
Overall: 78/603
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-08-23 1:19 PM

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Subject: Northern "Orillia" Triathlon

2010-08-24 7:47 AM
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Lancaster, PA
Subject: RE: Northern "Orillia" Triathlon
Great job on the race and pushing hard at the end. I would have done the same thing, push hard no matter what, even with a bleeding foot  
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