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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Red Rock Co.
Total Time = 6h 00m 1s
Overall Rank = 102/143
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 26/33
Pre-race routine:

Stayed up in a motel on University, made for a less stress morning. Got up and had a bowl of grape nuts. Caught a cab to TTL and let everyone sleep in.
Event warmup:

  • 41m 41s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

This was my best OWS to date. I was pushing for 42 minutes and made it. I swam the majority of the swim with a pack of us and stayed aware of not settling for a slower pace. Navigation was good and I did good of staying relaxed throughout.
Transition 1
  • 04m 16s

Practice makes perfect and no practice = sucks! I always practice before short events but never before the 1/2 and it showed today. I'm thinking too much, just do it!!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Remove my head from my butt and get moving....tick,tick,tick!!!
  • 2h 55m 32s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.14 mile/hr

With 10-14 miles left is where this race went from my best yet, to my worst yet!I started getting too much air in my stomach and couldn't consume any calories. My stomach was on major lockdown, like never before!
What would you do differently?:

I need to learn to be a sipper and not a guzzler.
Transition 2
  • 04m

Same lame story as T2
What would you do differently?:

everything..I guess:)
  • 2h 14m 31s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 16s  min/mile

Even though I wasn't feeling well, my 1st loop was good for me(less than an hr). I was around 57 and 1/2 min for the 1st loop. I knew I needed to get some calories in me. 10oz. of water for the whole run segment might be pushing it at an estimate and no gels. I just flat ran out of energy around mile 10...once I got to mile 11 i started walking. !st time ever!!! I broke my no run unless I'm injured rule!! Oh well, this race was still a PR for me by over 3.5 minutes, so it ain't all bad!!! I'm not gonna beat myself up over this, it just sucked. I felt I nailed my swim, bike and the 1st loop of the run. I could smell a sub 6 easily and it is in within my capabilities without me lying to myself. It just didn't happen today!!!! I spent all winter working on my run base and I really was doubting my bike going into this and due to GI issues, it just wasn't to be. I feel if I can have my worst race yet, still PR by 3.5 minutes...I'll take it without damaging my confidence. Most adversity I faced before has been fitness related. Felt my base bailed me out of this turning into a 6.5 hr day....
What would you do differently?:

Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

GI issues

Event comments:

As always, a great race from Red Rock!

Last updated: 2012-03-13 12:00 AM
00:41:41 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/143
Performance: Good
Kept hr around 135 the whole way.
Suit: Synergy Endorphin Full Sleeve
Course: 1.2 mile rectangular course in Tempe Town Lake
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:16
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:55:32 | 56 miles | 19.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/143
Performance: Good
145 on the 1st out and 150 back, then 155 the 2nd loop
Wind: Some
Course: @ out and backs on the Beeline past Gilbert Rd. a mile or so.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 04:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:14:31 | 13.1 miles | 10m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/143
Performance: Bad
155 the whole 1st loop, 150ish from miles 8-10, then 145 til mile 11
Course: 2 loops around TTL
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
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] 4

2012-04-18 6:06 PM

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Subject: Marquee Triathlon - Half Iron Course

2012-04-18 10:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Marquee Triathlon - Half Iron Course
Todd, great to see you out there this weekend, and congrats!  Your swim and bike times both look awesome!  Run does not look bad, either, but from your RR you obviously had different plans.  6hr total time is great, and you also have shown great improvement in the last year.  Way to go!
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