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Saratoga Springs, Utah
United States
Desert Sharks Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 34m 21s
Overall Rank = 170/231
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 9/10
Pre-race routine:

No routine this morning. Rushing all morning to get there on time. I hate being late for these things.
Event warmup:

Rushing to get transition set up, pick up packet, timing chip etc was my only warm-up.
  • 11m 48s
  • 300 yards
  • 03m 56s / 100 yards

This was an awful swim. This was my second OWS and my first went way better. I could not get my rhythm, (not that I have much of one to start). After the first 100 yards I literally felt like I had to quit. Ended up laying on my back taking some deep breaths etc. to get my composure before I could continue. The crowd, murky water, lack of warm-up etc all played in to a terrible swim.
What would you do differently?:

Hang back, swim on outskirts, avoid crowded start-allow myself to get in a better rhythm.
Transition 1
  • 03m 30s

Took it slow, tried to gain my composure before getting on bike.
What would you do differently?:

I can speed this up in future
  • 45m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 17.41 mile/hr

Still working on my speed for biking, slowly improving, way too many people passed me.
What would you do differently?:

Just work on improving speed.
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s

Ok transition, deliberately took it slow after St. George T2 was so bad for me. Just taking this a little bit slower helped give me the legs I needed for the 5K.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, this was ok.
  • 31m 38s
  • 3 miles
  • 10m 32s  min/mile

Much improved from my previous sprint run, though admittedly this was a much easier course. Though I hope to improve my time still I was happy with improvement, (2 min/mile quicker than previous).
What would you do differently?:

Continue to work on improving speed and endurance.
Post race
Warm down:

Bagel, water, energy bar etc. Watched my daughter participate in the kids tri held in association with this. She is going to be a triathalete. Kids course was short but a nice taste for her (3rd place overall among girls). She will be beating me in races in no time. She's hooked!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not very well rested week before. Disposal broke night before race so I was up late trying to fix that. Whole week before race I had early mornings and late nights. Otherwise I'm just slow! But I sure enjoy the comraderie, being in shape etc. What a great sport!

Event comments:

Fun, family oriented event.

Last updated: 2006-06-17 12:00 AM
00:11:48 | 300 yards | 03m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/10
Overall: 123/231
Performance: Below average
Suit: Quintana Roo
Course: Boat ramp with canal leading out to lake, fairly narrow so start was very crowded, water murky! Out to Bouys and back-It had to be more than 300 yards!
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:30
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:45:09 | 13.1 miles | 17.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/10
Overall: 173/231
Wind: Little
Course: Beautiful course out and back on country road then out and back through subdivisons with some hills and several big speed bumps, nice course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:31:38 | 03 miles | 10m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/10
Overall: 9/231
Performance: Average
Course: Nice course through some subdivisions, shaded path for a while, some dirt path with mud hole which was unavoidable, fun running course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2006-06-17 10:58 PM


Subject: Saratoga Splash Triathlon - Open Water Sprint

2006-06-18 9:21 AM
in reply to: #457658

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Tremonton, Utah
Subject: RE: Saratoga Splash Triathlon - Open Water Sprint

Congratulations on a great race!  You did awesome!

The swim was long.  as near as I can calculate, it was closer to 500 yards!  But we all had to cover the same distance, so I guess it equalizes out.

Hope to see you at another race! 


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