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IronGear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Red Rock Company
88F / 31C
Total Time = 2h 48m 9s
Overall Rank = 108/192
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 29/45
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bowl of brown rice farina before I left the house.Got there early , got transition setup. Talked to John Smith and Patrick Bliss, Wade Whisler. Really had a relaxing morning. Ate a banana with about a 1/2 hr to go.Ran into Wendell, whom I hadn't seen since last year...talked to him while we were waiting for our wave to start....
Event warmup:

Really no warm up, did chew my foot up good jumpimg into the water. Felt like I had meat hanging off of it, but I was fine....
  • 32m 37s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

Got of course a bit on the way back in. Cost me some time but overall, definate improvements from last year. Definately helped getting wetsuit on properly. Had a few wrinkles up on my shoulders and really gave me some more range of motion. Made it easier to relax and just swim. Was a bit over 2 minutes faster than my best swim at this distance last year...
What would you do differently?:

Pay better attention to sighting, can't loose focus for a second...
Transition 1
  • 02m 36s

Thought I had made sopme progress on my T1 time but this just sucked for some reason. Just gotta start going sockless. I ride that way the majority of the time. I wasnt sure how quick it was gonna get hot so I opted to put them on now as opposed to T2...
What would you do differently?:

Went sockless for the ride.
  • 75m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.84 mile/hr

Good ride, I didn't feel as though EVERYONE was passing me, like last year. Shaved about 8 minutes of my best Oly ride from last year....
What would you do differently?:

Not much other than get into better shape.....
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

Decent transition, was a bit slower than usual but I can't think of anything that went wrong.Put my race belt on while I was already running. I was hustling, I knew Wade was right behind me...
What would you do differently?:

  • 56m 17s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

Was getting warm on the 2nd loop. Was running into Wade at every turnaround on the course....Was really pushing it! He was literally right behind me the whole time. Made for a great race. I really appreciated the friendly competitiveness. We really pushed each other today, and made it a fun race.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I didn't feel I could have pushed any harder than I did. I probably pushed a little too hard on the bike the 2nd loop, I was riding with about 3 other people the whole bike ride and it really helped all of us stay focused on pushing it..
Post race
Warm down:

Walked some and talked to Wade for awhile.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Base, baby! More base!

Event comments:

Great race, love Red Rock events. Really enjoyed today! Couldn't have asked for more. It was a PR by over 10 minutes for an Oly....that really made me feel good about this race. Really felt some mental tools I picked up at Marquee helped me stay pushing hard on the run...

Last updated: 2011-04-13 12:00 AM
00:32:37 | 1640 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/45
Overall: 114/192
Performance: Good
Kept hr between 145/150 most of the swim. Had a few spikes..
Suit: Synergy Endorphin Full Sleeve
Course: Rectangle loop, sun was right in the eyes headed east, wasn't too big a deal. Was alot of people in the water.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:36
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:75:09 | 24.85 miles | 19.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 31/45
Overall: 113/192
Performance: Good
Once I got settled in, kept hr around 160 until about 1/2 through the 2nd loop(Ran into Wade at one of the turnarounds!!!). I finished the ride off @ 165.
Wind: Some
Course: 2 loop course, was about as flat as it could be in the area. Everything was marked off good. Had some tight turnarounds. Other than that, it was a sweet course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:56:17 | 06.21 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/45
Overall: 108/192
Performance: Good
Kept hr around 165, last 2 miles was up to 170.
Course: 2 loop around TTL
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2011-05-08 1:04 PM

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Subject: IronGear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon - Olympic Course

2011-05-08 2:06 PM
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Subject: RE: IronGear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon - Olympic Course
What a great performance out there. You have really improved in all aspects since last year. Sorry I wasn't able to make it out but it sounds like everyone had a great time. Well under 3 hours is a great accomplishment. Your training and mental toughness has paid off.
2011-05-11 6:07 PM
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Casa Grande, Az.
Subject: RE: IronGear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon - Olympic Course

Thanx for the love, Todd! These last 2 races have been the funnest! It was a blast. Gonna do the YMCA tri in Goodyear at the end of the month......

2011-05-11 7:58 PM
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Subject: RE: IronGear Sports Rio Salado Triathlon - Olympic Course
Congrats on the PR!
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