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Peoples Tri Series, Mission Bay - Triathlon

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Auckland, Auckland
New Zealand
Total Time = 2h 39m 21s
Overall Rank = 99/124
Age Group = M20-29
Age Group Rank = 21/23
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast of PB and nutella toast on the drive into the race site. Arrived at 5:50, about 10 minutes before the roads closed. Set up transition, had a technical stop and then proceeded to hang around until the start at 7:05
Event warmup:

None. Maybe should have gone for a little swim
  • 28m 47s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters

A good swim, quite a bit of contact for the first lap. Was well and truly in the washing machine until rounding the 2nd buoy, at which point it started to spread out a bit. Got a knock to the head early which knocked off my right eye goggle so swam most of lap 1 with one eye. Laps 2 and 3 were relatively uneventful. I concentrated on keeping my legs high and a nice long stroke, it seemed to work
What would you do differently?:

Swim more. I know that I'm capable of faster times than this. But from the training I've done its as good as I could expect.
Transition 1
  • 02m
What would you do differently?:

Practice more!!
  • 1h 12m 42s
  • 40 kms
  • 33.01 km/hr

Not a lot of strategy on this course, just get into the right gear and keep the power on. Focused on keeping my cadence between 80-90rpm, which seems to be a bit of a sweet spot for me. This resulted in speeds in the mid to low 30's. Rode hard, but within myself. Had a first Gu at 15km in, 2nd at about 35km, drank about half a bottle of water throughout the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more, at least 1 more Gu. Pacing was pretty good I thought.
Transition 2
  • 02m

Need to practice this. Was not fast
What would you do differently?:

Practice more!
  • 54m 22s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 26s  min/km

The plan was to run within myself, walk thru the water station, and pick up the pace in the last km or so. That's pretty much how it worked. Started out fast, as I tend to do after a bike, was through the first 2km in 10 minutes. Slowed up the pace a bit into more of a jog, and ran most of the way at about 5:25-5:30/km. In the last 1500m tired to 'push the go button' and picked up the pace.
What would you do differently?:

If this had been an A goal race I could/should have pushed harder here. Definitely had another 2-3 minutes in me. But as a build up event to the half Iron, it went pretty well.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, and lots of it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Honestly I don't think I could have done much better on my current level of fitness. I beat my best case scenario by 10 minutes. To improve over all, I need to swim much more, run more, spend more of my time biking at a higher effort, and most of all weigh less. I've made progress this year, but I'm still about 12kg away from fighting weight.

Event comments:

Good race, very happy with my first olympic.

Last updated: 2012-12-09 12:00 AM
00:28:47 | 1500 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 20/23
Overall: 0/124
Performance: Good
Course: 3 laps of a 500m triangle
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:12:42 | 40 kms | 33.01 km/hr
Age Group: 19/23
Overall: 0/124
Performance: Good (GPS Started a bit into the ride)
Wind: Little
Course: 4 laps of a 10km loop along Tamaki Dr. Flat course, smooth roads. Other than a 180deg corner at each end no reason to slow down.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:54:22 | 10 kms | 05m 26s  min/km
Age Group: 21/23
Overall: 0/124
Performance: Average
Course: 2 x 5km out and back along Tamaki Dr.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-12-09 1:07 AM

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