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TREK Albany Half Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Albany, Western Australia
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30C / 86F
Total Time = 5h 54m 26s
Overall Rank = 93/
Age Group = 35-40
Age Group Rank = 18/31
Pre-race routine:

Went to bed at around 10pm. could not sleep,and spent 2 -3 hrs tossing and turning. Was trying to tink of every excuse not to do the race. I was very scared about the swim and not looking forward to it. A few Prayers later and finllly asllep after 12.30. Up at 5am. Had a few sandwhichs that imade the night before. 1 with choclate paste, peanut butter and jam. Also had a 750 bottle of 32gi. Had a lift to race site. Sorted out my transision and went to the toilet again.
Event warmup:

Went for a short swim to relex my breating and to clear the mind.
  • 40m 37s
  • 1900 meters
  • 02m 08s / 100 meters

Could not have asked for a bettter swim. Was hopping to go around 50mins and to do it in 40 I was stoked.
Water was flat and not a ripple to be seen. Started at the back of the pack and got into rytham. For the first time had no panic attackes and needed no help from the lifesavers. Walked slowly to catch my breath as i started the second lap.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. Very happy and was 10 mins faster then expected.
Transition 1
  • 00m

I wear cycling shoes so need to wear them in Transision. Had cramp as i was bending over to put my shoes on.
Looked at Garmin and saw option on the screen. Pressed the wrong button and skipped transistion then next minute was on the run leg. Useless Gramin ;) or me.
What would you do differently?:

maybe try running start? Before then i will need to buy Tri cycling shoes.
  • 3h 04m 34s
  • 90 kms
  • 29.26 km/hr

Out and back course. Single lap. Hill straight out of transision. Not as bad as i was expecting. 10-15mns into the ride noticed that the cap had fallen of my tool kit. Stopped to check what had falllen out and what i could cover it with. Kept riding and noticed aero bar loose. No problems. Allen key set in the tool kit. Stopped again and no allen keys any more. Kept riding but was getting worse. Stopped again to try see what i could use to hold it up. At thta time the bike legmsponser drove by and stopped to see what was wrong. And yes he loaned me an allen key so that i could keep riding aero. I know it is wrong but i am very thankful for his help!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I did slow down a lot on the way back, but not sure if that was all due to the wind or a litttle tired. Spend more time in the aero bars.took 1.18 to ride to 1/2 way mark and then 1.40 to ride back.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Very good and quick.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 09m 15s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 06m 08s  min/km

Very happy agani. Maintained good pace. Walked the aid stations. Drank coke and water. Second lap had ice water which was good. pour it over and down my shirt. Had my wife jog with me for about 5 minutes on the 1st lap and my sister on the second lap. Did help to make me keep running. Had my kids cheering and running along with me for a section along the beach aswell. Had lots of support as a few nephews and nieces where there cheering me on.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster ;)
Post race
Warm down:

None to speak off. The winner was DQ for littering on the course when he acccidently dropped a bidon. Felt for him as there was a lot of gel wraps along the course.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The wind on the bike and the hilly course.

Event comments:

Would love to go back again. It will never be a course to set a PB on. Finishing medel would have been nice. Loved the Bidons.

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Last updated: 2012-08-08 12:00 AM
00:40:37 | 1900 meters | 02m 08s / 100meters
Age Group: 23/31
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes. sleeveless.
Course: 2 laps of 850.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 21C / 70F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:04:34 | 90 kms | 29.26 km/hr
Age Group: 18/31
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Tail wind out head wind back in.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:09:15 | 21.1 kms | 06m 08s  min/km
Age Group: 18/31
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: 2 Lap course. Very undulating as it on the beach and followed the sand dunes. 2.5km each lap was along the beach with a strong tail wind along the beach. Very hot as there was no wind along the path. After the beach had a steep hill to climb for 1km
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-01-07 9:27 PM

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Subject: TREK Albany Half Triathlon

2013-01-08 12:12 AM
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Gold Coast Australia.
Subject: RE: TREK Albany Half Triathlon
Congratulations Matthew! Long race, short RR, but I get the picture: you did everything right and are happy about it! Awesome job!
2013-01-08 6:53 AM
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Somewhere in the Swamps of Philly
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Congrats.  Great accomplishment for 2013!
2013-01-10 7:16 AM
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Yes Mark it is short. Its the first one i had done and was not sure how it was going to work and what was what. i did have more to add but its to late now.
2013-01-17 8:06 AM
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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Looks like you had a awsome time.  Congrats on your great finish!
2013-01-21 7:53 AM
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Great result, MAtthew! love the picture of the kids running on the beach. After reading the RR and thread comments, I'm feeling really inspired for signing up for my first HIM now!!

Mark H.

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