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Moses Lake, Washington
United States
BuDu Racing
55F / 13C
Total Time = 58m 46s
Overall Rank = 6/82
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:00, had oatmeal and a banana grabbed my stuff and hit the road. Out the door at 5:30. After a stop at Starbucks for a coffee I was on my way. The drive took about 75 minutes to the race site.
Event warmup:

Got to the race and did a short bike ride and then set up in transition. After that, I did a quick run and got my wetsuit on. Did about 200 yards of swimming and got ready to start.
  • 08m 31s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

It was a tough swim. I was prepared for the short swim from last year and went out way to hard, died in the middle, and then had to hang on after that. The only good news is I recovered very quickly and actually felt quick good in transition. But I wasn't pleased with my swim.
What would you do differently?:

Start at a most modest effort and pace myself through to the end.
Transition 1
  • 00m 46s

Good transition
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 30s
  • 10 miles
  • 21.86 mile/hr

Felt pretty good about the bike. Pushed pretty hard and passed several people who were out of the water ahead of me while not getting passed at all. The only downside is I did pay for it a little on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

Not bad, but a little slower than I would have liked.
What would you do differently?:

Had trouble getting my running shoes on and set. Time to switch to my new shoes.
  • 21m 10s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 53s  min/mile

I was just gassed from the bike and didn't feel like I could maintain my normal, desired pace. The headwind hurt on the gradual hill that came at about the halfway mark. But I was feeling pretty poor from the start and felt like I was getting close to blowing chunks. Eventually that went away and it was just a sort of "hand on" run.
What would you do differently?:

More interval training.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, ate food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Skill, talent and desire.

Event comments:

It's a decent race for the first of the year. BuDu does a good job and the events are always consistent and steady. I wasn't feeling strong at all to start, but once things got rolling and I got my HR up, I was into the spirit of the race.

Last updated: 2013-03-13 12:00 AM
00:08:31 | 440 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 13/82
Performance: Below average
Suit: zoot fusion
Course: Rectangle course. Mass start for men, followed by the women 3 minutes later. There was a medium wind that put some current on the water. Plus, I'm fairly certain the course was longer than last year. I'm swimming much better this year and I was 2 minutes fact all the time were considerably slower, so it had to be more than just the wind/chop.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:27:30 | 10 miles | 21.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 5/82
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Out and back on chip seal and asphalt
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:21:10 | 03.1 miles | 06m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 10/82
Performance: Below average
Course: Loop run with a one small hill then a long gradual hill straight into the wind. Temp was cool so no problem there.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2013-05-27 7:34 PM

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East Wenatchee, Washington
Subject: Spring Festival Triathlon

2013-05-28 8:55 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Subject: RE: Spring Festival Triathlon
Looks pretty darn strong to me, Steve. 6th overall at age 55+!!! Very inspiring for us grey hairs :-) Congrats!
2013-05-28 8:05 PM
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WOW, strong race. Congrats.
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