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Lake Meridian Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Kent, Washington
United States
Race the Bar
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 31m 26s
Overall Rank = 15/131
Age Group = 29-29
Age Group Rank = 3/8
Pre-race routine:

showed up at 6, got to stretch and swim a bit, didn't bike or run
Event warmup:

swim 5 minutes
  • 27m 59s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Really bad visibility, a lot of fog on the lake and it was super hard to spot bouy's, had to stop a few times and make sure I was going the right way, sighting was really hard
What would you do differently?:

Get goggles that don't fog
Transition 1
  • 01m 27s

Forgot to un-velcrow my straps on my bike shoes... So I was a little surprised when I jumped on the bike to say the least. My shot blocks (200 calories) fell off in transition and I didn't notice until I was on the road. Good thing I had 1 gel pack or my day might have been different. 2ND fastest transition overall
What would you do differently?:

Tape my food better
  • 1h 13m 39s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.24 mile/hr

All in all, I felt good out there, my legs didn't cramp, I kept a strong cadence and didn't have too many people pass me. It was a good course and I felt good the whole time.
What would you do differently?:

I used rubber bands on my heels to keep my shoes on and they didn't break, I might use weaker ones in the future.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

almost fell on the dismount, braking and jumping off is difficult, slow down earlier
What would you do differently?:

Slow down better
  • 47m 19s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

I started the run great, no cramps no stomach problems. I knew I would have to eat on the run, not my usual deal but since I dropped my shot blocks I had to put some calories down. Got a few gel packs and made sure to ingest them before water stations, fueled up and was good to go with 1 1/2 gel shots on the run. I passed a fellow age grouper at mile 3 and he never caught me, looking back on the splits he ran faster than be but died at the end. Good race technique holding off until the last 3 miles to pick up the pace.
What would you do differently?:

Get tri running shoes, race shoes that I have now can't be worn sockless and they give me blisters. Bummer, wasted money on new "race" shoes
Post race
Warm down:

walked around a bit and made sure to hydrate and intake lots of calories

What limited your ability to perform faster:

1, dropping shot blocks, 2, bike shoes need to be open, 3 running shoes being comfortable might help

Event comments:

They had a problem with the timing system and didn't get to give all the people their awards. I was a little bummed because I wanted to place in my age group so much and I thought I did, now I see I came in 3rd in my age group behind the #1 and #2 overall winners. Not bad company

Last updated: 2011-07-08 12:00 AM
00:27:59 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 31/131
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Course: The course was a deep water start and taking all right turns in a rectangular course
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:27
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:13:39 | 24.85 miles | 20.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 24/131
Performance: Good
160-165 average, rested on downhills and got in extreme aero position to rest a bit
Wind: None
Course: It was an out an back with a loop tossed in, lots of rolling hills, a few very steep short climbs, I knew where they were so it wasn't a big deal
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90+
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:06
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:47:19 | 06.21 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 25/131
Performance: Good
158 on the way out, and tried to get in the zone ready for the hard comeback. I pushed it on the way back to about 160+ and 170 the last mile
Course: Course is an out and back, rolling hills
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? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-08-28 9:55 PM

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Ellensburg, WA
Subject: Lake Meridian Triathlon - Olympic

2011-08-29 11:21 AM
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Fort Wayne
Subject: RE: Lake Meridian Triathlon - Olympic

Sounds like an awesome race and stellar finish! 

It looks like you put the whole race together very well.  Congrats!


2011-08-30 11:11 AM
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Subject: RE: Lake Meridian Triathlon - Olympic
Looks like a perfectly executed race to compliment great fitness.  Must feel great to put together such a solid effort and finish so strong.  Congrats on the podium. 
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