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Watamu, Watamu
Turtle Bay Beach Club
101F / 38C
Total Time = 3h 38m 12s
Overall Rank = 10/12
Age Group = 40+
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

0430-Power bar and 8oz water.
0530-Transition area open, bike prepped, running transition prepped, bike transition prepped.
0615-Staged for swim (two laps 750meter triangle) the waters were better than the previous days. Temp 86, humidity 90%, not sure what the water temp was but it wasn't cold.

Event warmup:

Showed up..few stretches..talked with friends
  • 44m 39s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 59s / 100 meters

Since I was the only one in my age group I had a good finish :). There were 12 total in the Olympic distance with the remaining 60 doing the Sprint. My first triathlon and the second time I have swam the ocean. I did not use the proper technique for an ocean swim. Significant swells, and could not get a rhythm. Drank lots of salt water.
What would you do differently?:

Completely different technique. Short strokes, higher rate, claw my way to the bouy.
Transition 1
  • 04m 14s

No big issues other than the organizers made us take a small lap inside the transition area...never quite figured that part out.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 23m 16s
  • 40 kms
  • 28.82 km/hr

[Bike]: The road conditions were rough (typical for Kenya)so I did not feel comfortable riding period and did not want to risk reaching back for water (my water bottles would not stay in their cages anyway) thus I road with a camel back (2.5L). I was feeling sick since I had swallowed a lot of sea water, but I tried to drink anyway. I kept a decent pace on the bike. The road was bad, but pretty flat, however, there was a strong wind. Temperature increased to 94F and I was feeling it after the first 25K. Lots of flats among my competitors, but the Cronus performed well. The nausea subsided after about 10K and I was able to consume about 1.5L (cytomax). I forgot to take another Roctane at the T1 transition. Rob caught me for the last 7K and it was good to have someone to talk too. I developed a bad friction spot in my groin (right side). I was hurting but not spent when I turned into T2.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on my bike, not a lot that I could have done different except remember my fuel prior to starting the bike. Need to practice my transition
Transition 2
  • 05m 47s
  • 1h 21m 16s
  • 10 kms
  • 08m 08s  min/km

I started well with about 4K under my belt at a 10min/mi pace. At about 4K I took my first walk, alternating 2min walk, 3 min run. I took water at every 1.5K mark, drank about 25% and drenched myself with the rest (Temp >100F). At 7km I hit the wall. Had to alter 3min walk, 2min run. I had to reach down to finish but the end was in sight.
0843-Finished 3:38 by my reckoning

What would you do differently?:

My running has been the slowest to improve. I remain a weak runner but will need to work on increasing my base and speed.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked, talked and sat with friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Time: mostly age, but will need to continue base building

Event comments:

Difficult to rate given this was my first triathlon

Last updated: 2011-11-19 12:00 AM
00:44:39 | 1500 meters | 02m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 10/12
Performance: Below average
Suit: Rocket Science 1 piece
Course: The course starts on the beach in front of Turtle Bay resort with an ocean swim set up with a 750m triangle loop. After exiting the water there is an uphill run (approx 150m) to T1. After exiting T1 there is a less than smooth road approximately 20Km loop which is traversed twice before entering T2. After T2 there is a 8km run loop with the final 2km going through a very scenic traditional Kenyan village ending on the beach near the start.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:14
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:23:16 | 40 kms | 28.82 km/hr
Age Group: 0/1
Overall: 0/12
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: See overall course description under "swim" section
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:47
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:21:16 | 10 kms | 08m 08s  min/km
Age Group: 0/1
Overall: 0/12
Performance: Average
Course: See overall course description in "swim" section
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2%
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2012-04-25 12:33 PM

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