Tugaloo Olympic Triathlon
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Great, but long! I had the 3rd fastest swim in my AG. I was not passed by anyone and I passed a ton of folks. I really dug hard on this swim and I know I can put in a much faster 1500 time if it was accurately measured. This swim was probably long by 150-200 yards. I guess everyone had to deal with the same issue.
I'm very pleased with the placing. This was one of my goals, to give myself a chance by smoking the swim.
Fastest T1 thus far for me. Total transitions were down to 2:47. I can still trim that if I could work up to running sockless.
The course is a very difficult ride. Lots of rolling hills with some long steep climbs mixed in for fun. This was not my best bike segment. I wish I had been on fresh legs, I could have torn it up. It just frustrates me that I can't properly prepare and taper for these races due to this Ironman training. Next year, it will be a very different story (that's what I said last year). On the positive side, I shaved about 4 minutes off of last year's time.
I got this spur of the moment idea to ride into T2 with my feet on top of the shoes for the first time, having never tried it before. It was pretty cool. I nearly fell trying to get the first foot out. Not very cool.
Hilly and hard. Not a flat spot on the course. Nonetheless, I could have run this faster. Very frustrating. However, I did shave 7 minutes off last year's time.
Walked around, ate a few of those awesome frozen recovery popsicles.
Positives: Well, I trimmed 13 minutes off of my time from last year, down from 2:55, which is good. I trimmed 1 min on the swim, 4 on the bike, 7 on the run, and 1 min off of transition times. I did well in the swim. My nutrition was spot on. I finished the race well hydrated. The limiter was fatigue, not a lack of energy. I think the PBJ is the magic pill.
Negatives: I dropped like an anchor in the placings on the bike and run. I fell well short of my expectations. This is the exact kind of course where I want to be competitive. There is no reason why I can't be in the top 5 for the swim and bike in any race. The run is where I struggle, so its something I need to work on. Next year, I'm coming back as an Olympic specialist. I'll run a few Half IM's just to keep in top shape, but I want to thrash these Olympic distances next summer. This race and the Macon Rock-n-Roll Half IM will be my two revenge races next year.
I'm kind of bummed that this is my last short distance race for the season. These races (Sprints and Oly's) are a lot of fun. The Olympic Distance races are my favorite. Not too short, not too long, but as Baby Bear says, "They're just right". Now, its on to IMFL on November 5.
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65F / 18C
Overall Rank = 95/316
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 18/45
Got up at 3:45, ate a PBJ (its the one time I get to eat these with impunity), popped a few Enduralytes, and washed it all down with some Gatorade. I had packed the truck the night before so it was off to the races. I left at 4:00am and arrived at the race site around 5:45. Got the transition area set up, body marked, and ran into Haley (TriComet) and James Reeves (JamesReeves). I then headed to the lake for the swim start.