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Troutdale, Oregon
United States
AA Sports, LTD
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 38m 59s
Overall Rank = 338/461
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 16/25
Pre-race routine:

Rode to the race with a workmate - got there with plenty of time to set up before transition closed. I set up my space, scoped out transition, and then put on my wetsuit and headed down to the water.
Event warmup:

Didn't do much of a warm-up. The water felt almost warm compared to Hagg Lake, so I felt confident.
  • 22m 27s
  • 880 meters
  • 02m 33s / 100 meters

Terrible swim. I could NOT get a breathing rhythm. It was ridiculous! The water didn't feel cold at all, I was very relaxed, when I was swimming, I felt smooth and confident, but I could NOT breathe. I ended up having to side-stroke most of the swim. Very disappointing. I was only about 20 seconds faster than last year and last year included a panic!
What would you do differently?:

I'm really not sure what I could have done differently. I thought I was totally ready and I'm more than a little surprised at my reaction. In retrospect, I wonder if the problem is my new wetsuit. I cannot zip it up myself because it is so tight in the torso. Perhaps that is not a good thing...
Transition 1
  • 05m 7s

Very, very long transitions due to flooding in the original transition location. I had to run with my bike for a LONG way (as did everyone) and I was NOT good at running either in my bike shoes or with holding the TT bike. Everything else went fine.
What would you do differently?:

If I keep my TT bike, I need to practice running with it. My T2 recap will show why!
  • 38m 15s
  • 12 miles
  • 18.82 mile/hr

Disappointing performance. Again. I'm in better shape than last year. I'm lighter. The road surface was improved. I was on a TT bike. And all of this but my bike avg speed was the almost the SAME as last year. I felt like I was putting out a good effort but I never felt GOOD. By the end, I was thinking that I just wanted to get off the bike. I did rabbit back and forth with another woman (also in my age group), so that was amusing. She out ran me by almost 5 minutes though!
What would you do differently?:

Next time, I think I'm going to ride the road bike. I'm not sure. I've been fighting with this TT bike for months now. I thought for sure that I'd see a better time/pace for THIS race. It's perfectly suited to a TT bike with the utter flat and straightness of the course. Disappointing.
Transition 2
  • 03m 15s

Again, LONG transitions. After dismounting, I was running (on grass, all alone) and my wheel caught and I tumbled over my bike scraping up my knee and landing on my bike. Embarrassing!!
What would you do differently?:

Practice running with my TT bike!
  • 29m 55s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 39s  min/mile

Very pleased with my run. I made my first summer goal! I wanted to finish with a 5k time below 30 min as part of a sprint tri. :-) I felt comfortable the entire run. Never hot, never cold. My feet were a little achey, but nothing to worry about. As we came up on the finish line, I picked up speed and realized instantly that I had more in me. I could have pushed harder but I'm still pleased with the results.
What would you do differently?:

Have some type of pacing device (like a watch!) so that I could have better gauged my effort. And of course, more running. I was more than 5 minutes faster than last year on this same course, so I'm hoping to drop at least half that by this race next year. :-)
Post race
Warm down:

Spent a bunch of time talking with friends at the finish as I downed a water bottle of fluid. I did not eat anything for another hour or so and that was a mistake as I've spent the rest of the day trying to manage my hunger.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm not sure, but I think I may have had a couple of equipment issues (wetsuit and TT bike). Other than that, I felt pretty good the whole race.

Last updated: 2010-12-02 12:00 AM
00:22:27 | 880 meters | 02m 33s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/461
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Vector Pro x2
Course: Counter clockwise swim around three bouys.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:07
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:38:15 | 12 miles | 18.82 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/461
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back on Marine drive. Very flat and fast. Slight tailwind on the return trip. Pavement was improved since last year with only one small section of rough (chipseal) road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:15
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:55 | 03.1 miles | 09m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/461
Performance: Good
Course: Winding course on mostly paved trails and sidewalks. Nice course, lots of variety.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-06-12 9:49 PM

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Subject: Blue Lake Triathlon

2011-06-12 10:14 PM
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Portland, Oregon
Subject: RE: Blue Lake Triathlon
Good job on the run! I also thought the transitions seemed really long, but it was my first tri so I didn't have anything to compare to. Running on the grass after the bike leg was no fun, though!
2011-06-14 10:50 AM
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Nice race! AWESOME RUN! Just think there was a time not long ago you thought you'd never be able to go the distance and now you are sub 10min/mile!  Great effort!
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