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Hammond, Indiana
United States
Leon’s World’s Fastest Traithlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 27m 4s
Overall Rank = 163/563
Age Group = M30-35
Age Group Rank = 16/43
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5AM. After a quick shower, loaded the car and hit the road. Stopped for my traditional blueberry muffin at Dunkin Donuts. Got to the site at 6AM, set-up my gear and hung out till 7AM.
Event warmup:

At 7, I went for a 10 minute warm up ride. After that, I hung out till my wave start at 8:25AM. Drank Gatorade and water in moderation, and took one Gu 15 minutes before my wave start time.
  • 25m 53s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

The bigger wave start made for a pretty combative start. It was pretty ugly for about 250 yards and then I was able to get enough space. Going into the swim, I put myself up toward the front to avoid swimming through my own wave.

Once I was able to get my rythmn down, it was a pretty good swim. Just the occasional bump here and there. Getting through the waves in front of me wasn't too bad. People were spread out pretty well. When we made the last turn, we were coming back into the sun and the sighting was really difficult. After looking around a bit, I was able to sight off a windmill to make it back in.

At one point coming in, A guy swam in front of me doing the backstroke going in completely the wrong direction. It was so bad, I grabbed his leg, stopped him, and told him to swim to the left of the windmill.

Masters swim class has paid off big time. I went from 30 minutes in this race last year to 25 minutes this year. My time was also over a minute faster than May's race.
What would you do differently?:

The first 200 yards were very tuff. Tons of hitting, bumping, grabbing, and pushing. Heck, I was probably giving as much as receiving. There were quite a few stronger swimmers that started behind me. Next time, I may start a couple rows further back from the front.

I still have a lot of work to do on drafting. I found one person to follow about a third of the way in. While he was faster. . . he couldn't swim straight to save his life so I gave up on following him. I wasn't able to find any feet after that worth following.
Transition 1
  • 03m 8s

I continue to give up a minute in T1. I need to work on taking off my wetsuit quicker. I do fine with the rest of transition, its just the darn wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

The last two races I sat down to take it off. I don't do this when I practice in OW and I seem to get it off quicker. Next race, I'll take it off standing and see how that goes.
  • 1h 13m 16s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.35 mile/hr

My strategy for this race was the exact opposite of my last race in May. The race in May had a very challenging run. I made a conscious decision to hold back some on the bike.

For this race, the run is absolutely pancake flat. So I decided to put a harder effort into the bike. My 20mph average doesn't really speak to my effort. With the multiple 180's slowing that average down, I was riding at about 21-22mph for most of the flats. With the wind at my back on the highway, I was pushing 26, and I was managing to hold 19mph into the wind.

What would you do differently?:

I had a plan, and I nailed it. I couldn't have put in a harder effort and maintained any run form. I kept thinking to myself. . . could I hold this pace for 25 miles? . . as long as I answered maybe, I knew I was right where I wanted to be.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

I did great in T2, the time doesn't do it justice. I came into transition behind 4 riders who all dismounted and slowly moved into transition.

I rode on top my shoes, and my dismount was much better. I have had a tendancy to jump off while still going to fast. I didn't make that mistake today. Once I got to my rack, I put the bike away, put on my shoes quickly (elastic laces), grabbed my belt, visor, and ran for the exit.
What would you do differently?:

  • 43m 39s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 02s  min/mile

I went as hard as I thought I could maintain for 10k. For the most part, I tried to hold to a 7 min. mile pace. I paced off a guy at 6:45's for a mile or so, but had to pull back for fear of blowing up. By the turnaround, I knew I was heading for a really good time overall and knew that all I needed to do was avoid any stupid blow ups, so I pulled back a little on mile 3 and 4. Once I hit mile 5, I started to push it again trying to catch a few more people before the end.
What would you do differently?:

Again, just like the bike, I executed the run course as planned. I could have probably gone a minute and a half faster, but I surely gained more time than that on the bike course. I wanted to go out at 7 minute miles, and I ended up averaging 7:03/mi. Could not have asked for better.
Post race
Warm down:

I sat down before I fell down. After that, I walked around a bit with the kids, eating some watermelon and oranges.

Event comments:

I beat my previous best by three minutes set back in May. My swim times and run times have come down a ton since last year. I've got a lot of biking planned for June leading into Muncie 70.3. If I can maintain my swim and run, and increase my bike fitness, then I'm looking great to finish my first 70.3.

As to why I rated the race a three:

1. The cost is above average.
2. There are WAY TOO MANY FLATS! I flatted last year as did many others. This year it seemed even worse. I avoided a flat this year, but many other riders were not as lucky. I hate to see a rider having to walk in his bike because of a flat. Granted, they should fix their flats and keep moving. . . but it really does ruin your race.

Last updated: 2012-06-03 12:00 AM
00:25:53 | 1640 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/563
Performance: Good
Suit: BlueSeventy Reaction
Course: They started us in six waves. Our wave was the last and had all 35's and under. As a result, it was a fairly sizable wave. The course goes straight out, takes one left turn, goes for about 300 yards, takes another left turn, then comes in.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:08
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:13:16 | 24.85 miles | 20.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/563
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: The bike course is pretty flat, with just two hills only worth mentioning because they were into the wind. There are 4 180's along the course and a couple tight 90 degree turns. Two laps of 12.4 miles and your done. The wind this year was straight out of the west. This made the race interesting because the course uses a closed divided highway for 2 miles in each direction. You go out and back twice on each lap, using both the west and east lanes. Going east was great, I was averaging 25-26. Going west required a considerable effort to maintain 19-20 mph.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:39 | 06.21 miles | 07m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/563
Performance: Good
Course: Its not possible to make a course any flatter. I really mean that. This is a course meant to be ran super fast. Its the main reason why Leon's can be called the fastest triathlon in the world. The only drawback is the lack of shade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 3

2012-06-03 7:13 PM

Subject: Leon's World's Fastest Triathlon

2012-06-04 10:48 PM
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Winter Park, Florida
Subject: RE: Leon's World's Fastest Triathlon

Good job sticking to your strategy and making some good choices out there.  You had a great performance.

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