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Sahuarita, Arizona
United States
Tri Tucson
85+F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 52m 41s
Overall Rank = 85/141
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 20/34
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30, made some coffee and had a cup. Got dressed, packed the car and got the family up and at 'em.

Got to the event, picked up my race packet and got marked. Got the transition area set up and sipped on Cytomax until about 6:15.
Event warmup:

My wave was the first to go at 6:30 so I got into the water at about 6:25 and swam out and back for about 200 m.
  • 32m 16s
  • 1094 yards
  • 02m 57s / 100 yards

So, second-to-last in age group and periously close to last among the men...I guess this is what you call a "limiter".

I took about 10 strokes at the beginning and I knew that the swim wasn't going to be great. My arms were dead. Probably due to my swim in last week's race and I played 18 holes on Sunday. But I just took my time and swam about 100 and rested for a minute on my back or doing the breast stroke.

The highlight of my day was when I got helped up and out of the lake by no less than Pirate Girl. It's always nice to get a friendly face after a tough event.

The swim was ok though since the real purpose of the race for me was to get out in open water and swim without flipping out. So, mission accomplised there.
What would you do differently?:

Not do two races within a week and play 18 AFTER the race.
Transition 1
  • 02m 30s

Not too bad of a transition considering there was about a 100 yd run from the swim and I had to get my wetsuit off. I did hustle a little more than usual here since it's a sprint.
What would you do differently?:

  • 54m 27s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 17.11 mile/hr

I hadn't scouted this race at all so I had no idea what to expect on the bike. I figured it would be pretty flat since Sahuarita's in a long valley. However, the hill in the middle of the race surprised me, so I sat up for a bit and spun in an easy gear. The hard part for me was that since I didn't know how long it was I held back some so I wouldn't blow up, so it wasn't my best climb. Usually, because I'm so light, I can really gain time on people on climbs and it was a little disappointing that I didn't get more time back from my poor swim, but that's on me not scouting the route before hand.

Once you made the turnaround at the top of the hill, you could really make up time (as a matter of fact, I checked my watch and at the top I had about 35 mins on the bike. I finsihed in about 20). I was in my 53x12 gear and I was spinning that's the first, and probably only, time I wished I had an 11 on the cogset. Unfortunately, I don't have a computer on my tri bike yet so I don't know the speed, but it was fast.

All in all I really liked this course. It was fun and the hill in the middle mixed things up from a normal sprint triathlon. And who doesn't like screaming down as fast as you can?
What would you do differently?:

Scout the route before hand and go harder up the climb.
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s

Another pretty good tranistion for me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 22m 58s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 23s  min/mile

I felt a little lethargic starting out, maybe the first half mile, when I realized my cadence was pretty low. So, I shortened my stride a little and picked up my cadence. It seemed to get my legs going and as I felt better I was able to lengthen my stride and set a pretty good pace for myself.

I passed quite a few people and had seen that my pace after mile 1 was about 7:40 which I was pretty happy with. I was able to keep that pace and finished with it. Ususally in 5k's I don't do much better than that so I guess all of my running is beginning to pay off. The time I posted is right up there with my cross country times in high school which was too long ago to mention here.

Pirate Girl was clearly stalking me, because when I crossed the finish line there she was trying to take my race number!
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I'm running at my comfortable cadence of 90 right away.
Post race
Warm down:

Hit the line, talked with my parents who came to watch, then hung out with the wife and kiddies in the park.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

128/141 in the swim; 67/141 on the bike; 41/141 on the run. I'm gonna go with my swim. Uggghhh, I'm really bad at that. It's frustrating because in a pool I do about 2:05 splits and I don't even know how to flip turn. I've got to get some more swims under my belt in open water! If I would have shave a lousy 7 minutes off of my swim to get to 25:00, I would have finished at 66 overall instead of 85. Frustrating!

Event comments:

This was a fun race and I think I'll sign up for next year. The bike course wasn't what I'd call scenic, but it was challenging for how short it was. The run was nice as it winded through the neighborhood. Everyone talks about the lake and how it's dyed green, but it's no worse than Tempe Town Lake on the fishy/gross meter.

Last updated: 2006-05-25 12:00 AM
00:32:16 | 1094 yards | 02m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/34
Overall: 128/141
Performance: Bad
Suit: Si
Course: An out and back course where you kept the buoy's to your left.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:54:27 | 15.53 miles | 17.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/34
Overall: 67/141
Wind: None
Course: An out-and-back course that went over relatively flat terrain and few turns. There was a pretty good climb for about 3 miles or so up to the turn around.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:30
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:58 | 03.11 miles | 07m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/34
Overall: 41/141
Performance: Good
Course: Winding course on surface streets and a concrete walking path through the "community".
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %3
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-05-30 8:25 PM

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Tucson, Arizona
Subject: The Sahuarita Lake Triathlon

2006-05-30 10:36 PM
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Tucson, AZ
Subject: RE: The Sahuarita Lake Triathlon

Well I think you did great on the swim!  No freaking out, and hopefully it wasn't as rough.  A few more OW swims and you'll be right there.  You've got lots of time to practice before SOMA.  And you had a smokin' run!  Must be nice to pass a lot of people at the end like that!

Yep, I was stalkin' ya.  Gotta make sure the BT peeps make it across the finish line safely! 

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