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Moses Lake, Washington
United States
BuDu Racing
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 33m 10s
Overall Rank = 53/102
Age Group = 50-55
Age Group Rank = 7/11
Pre-race routine:

We stayed at the Best Western just across from the park so got up at about six and walked over to the park to check in and setup transition area. Had a cup of coffee but didn't feel like eating anything. I probably should have at least had a gel. The wind was light but I little stronger than I had hoped.
Event warmup:

After I got my wetsuit on I jogged around for a few minutes and then got in the water and swam about 100 yards.
  • 28m 10s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 36s / 100 yards

The first 50 yards are straight out to the first buoy with the sun right in your face. With only 50 yards to the first buoy it was a tight pack with a fair amount of jostling. I've been working very hard on my swimming so started in the middle of the second row. I had a good start and got to the turn in good shape avoiding some of the backup. I was using new tinted goggles with a few drops of anti-fog just to be sure but wouldn't you know it one eye fogged up. This made it difficult for me to sight the turnaround buoy. There were no interim buoys so it was quite far. There was a little bit of chop on the water with an occasional boat wake or two but much calmer than it could have been had the wind been blowing harder.

I felt like I had a good swim overall. I could have gone harder but wanted to be comfortable getting on the bike. When I saw my split later I realized that I probably pushed it a little harder than I thought. I don't draft well especially with the slightly murky water though someone behind seemed to be managing just fine as I felt fingertips on my feet for a good portion of the race.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Test my race day goggles before race day. Doh!!

I had a couple weeks of OWS training so felt comfortable with transition from pool to OWS conditions.
Transition 1
  • 01m 12s

Got my wetsuit off well. I had bodyglided my feet and ankles which is the only part that ever gives me any hang up. None today. I use silicone ear plugs and had one of them break in half as I pulled it out. It seemed like it took forever to dig it out. I was sure I would have an awful T1 time and couldn't believe I was only 1:15.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Had everything wired except for the earplugs.
  • 1h 07m 3s
  • 22 miles
  • 19.67 mile/hr

Got to race with my new disc wheel for the first time. I tried to keep my effort in check throughout the ride to try and save as much for the run. Like the swim, I think I worked a little harder than I thought at the time.

The ride was pretty uneventful and I was very thankful that the headwind on the outbound leg of the ride was less than in previous years. I was pretty surprised that the bike was my strength on the day relative to the field. I worked pretty hard on the trainer over the winter and spring yet had only a handful of rides on the road. I guess carrying my training over from last year helped a lot.
What would you do differently?:

Get some longer rides in on the roads and hit more hills. I also did not have my bike computer hooked up because the sensor pickups don't have enough clearance with the disc. I rely on the speedometer to fine tune my gearing especially early in the season. Maybe I can rig it to the front tire.
Transition 2
  • 00m 51s

I was pretty conservative with my dismount. I didn't feel like risking a cramp by pulling my feet out on the bike and just ran to my T2 spot with my shoes on. The transition area was small so I didn't think the risk of mishap was worth it. I felt smooth but not overly fast. Was shocked that I was under a minute.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing given the circumstances.
  • 55m 52s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

I knew coming into the race that the race would be defined by how well I preserved myself for the run. I have not had a great tri run in quite a while.
I focused heavily on my running over the past months and was sure I'd have a strong run but alas I never really got going. First half was ok time-wise but I felt heavy. Struggled on mile 5 before recovering a little for the finish.

I was very conscious of conserving energy on the swim and bike but I must have put out more than I should have or I didn't get enough calories in. Someday I will figure this out.
What would you do differently?:

I think I need to do my bricks with less rest between bike and run. I usually feel very strong on my bricks but I think the extra few minutes casually changing are making the bricks too easy. I also think that a bit more road time on the bike will put me in a better position to run.
Post race
Warm down:

Just a few hugs and a walk back to the hotel. Dipped my legs in the hotel's cold pool water. Stopped in Leavenworth on the way home and spent a few hours in the beer garden.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think I hit on enough excuses above. Overall a pretty good day.

Event comments:

This is really a great event. The warmer temps are such a bonus this time of year. Fast, straightforward course and BUDU does a great job of organizing. This is my second time doing this race and is one of my favorites.

Last updated: 2013-06-09 12:00 AM
00:28:10 | 1760 yards | 01m 36s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 37/102
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca Alpha
Course: From the shore about 50 yards out to the first buoy a right hand turn and than straight along the shoreline to a second buoy about a quarter mile away. Two loops.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:12
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:07:03 | 22 miles | 19.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/11
Overall: 29/102
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back on frontage road along Interstate 5. Only about 300 feet of elevation gain with about half of that on one longish hill at about the seven mile mark. Rest of the course is slightly rolling.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:51
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:55:52 | 06.2 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/11
Overall: 78/102
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back along a very flat road that runs along the east side of the lake. Not much to look at and very little shade
Keeping cool Average 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] 5

2013-06-10 1:45 PM

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Bellingham, WA
Subject: Moses Lake Triathlon - Olympic Course

2013-06-10 1:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Moses Lake Triathlon - Olympic Course

Great race!! Those are some very speedy transitions!!!!

I'm most impressed by the Levenworth stop, naturally. 

2013-06-10 1:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Moses Lake Triathlon - Olympic Course
Originally posted by Asalzwed

Great race!! Those are some very speedy transitions!!!!

I'm most impressed by the Levenworth stop, naturally. 

Thanks. I only do these races as an excuse to drink beer.
2013-06-10 6:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Moses Lake Triathlon - Olympic Course
Nice job Pops! It was a fun race indeed. I will definitely do it again.
2013-06-12 2:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Moses Lake Triathlon - Olympic Course

Sounds like a great race for you! Nice speedy swim, good execution on the bike, really good focus and effort on the run. Congratulations!

As you know an important part of every race is also looking at how to use what you figured out for future races and I think you've hit it spot on.

Also, post-race stuff like beer or pizza or ice cream or in my case POP TARTS is really important well done!

2013-06-15 8:30 PM
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Hey, great job out there!!!

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