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10. Zagreb Open - TriathlonOlympic

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27C / 81F
Total Time = 2h 07m 19s
Overall Rank = 18/75
Age Group = M 18-23
Age Group Rank = 8/
Pre-race routine:

This was my first olimpic distance triathlon. So far I've done only 3 sprint triathlons. I've been training for only 10 months. Because of all this it was almost impossible to set time goals for the race, but still I had my goals. My swim has been improving lately and I was really confident about it. I planed to swim as fast as I could and I was hoping to brake 25 minutes. Swim is very important in races where drafting is allowed, because if you swim better it's more likely that you will end up in a faster group on the bike. For the bike I planed to average around 38-40 km/h. It's hard to predict bike time because it has to do a lot with other cyclists in the group. I was hoping that after all that I could run sub 42 minutes. Overall I was hoping for sub 2:10 hours. By the way bike course is a little short, it's only 38.4 km long.
Event warmup:

I woke up at 6:00 and ate peanut butter with honey. I arrived at race start at 7:30. After signing in, I watched the start of super sprint triathlon and started getting ready for my race. It was pretty tight scedule so I didn't have much time to warm up. I did short run, short swim with couple of pick ups and easy stretching.
  • 27m
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 48s / 100 meters

I planed to push harder on the first 200m so I could find my self in a faster group and try to draft from them. I did what I've planed. I followed one guy for some time, but half the way to the turnaround I lost him. I don't remember what exactly happend, maybe I passed him. I noticed that I'm swiming too much on the inside. I swam alone until the turnaround where I met a group of 4-5 people. They where swimming more on the outside. For a second I looked at my watch and I couldn't belive, my time was around 13:30, another bad swim. For the rest of the swim I swam in that group. Second part of the swim was as fast as the first so I exited the water after 27:00 minutes. At this point I tought that my time goals are not achiveable. I was exhausted after the swim and I could barely run into the transition.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster, but I don't know how.
Transition 1
  • 00m

All went good. It took me a little more time to climb on the bike. Transition times are included in bike time.
  • 59m 24s
  • 38.4 kms
  • 38.79 km/hr

I was first of my swim group out of the transition. Me and another two cyclists formed a group and started pushing. My plan for the bike was to push hard on the first lap and then back off, draft as much as I could and save my legs for the run. After the first lap we averaged around 39 km/h. On the second lap we got overlaped by the lead group. It's ilegal to draft from the people who overlaped you, but judges here don't pay attention to that and everyone konws that. I've heard that there are some people who swim slower than they can so that they can draft from the leaders. I really didn't want this to happend. Everyone in my group stuck to the leaders so I didn't have much choice. If I let them go I would be left alone. They were pushing the pace really hard. We were going between 42 and 48 km/h all the time. It wasn't too hard to hold that pace if you were drafting. In the third lap it was my turn to go in the lead. I planned to lead for a couple of seconds and then move a side. Once I got myself into the lead I felt great. Professionals were drafting behind me. So I spent a little more time in the lead than I planned. I was holding around 43 km/h and that was on the part of the course with a little headwind. When I finnaly decided to move a side and let someone else in the front my problems started. I reduced speed to around 38 km/h and when I tried to speed up to hold on to the group I just couldn't. I knew that if I loose them now I'll never catch them again. A gap started to open up so I started to lose drafting benefits. Luckly after a minute of suffering they slowed down a bit and I managed to catch them. I was very angry on myself, but I learned a lesson for the next time. It took me a couple of minutes to recover and then I was as good as new. I decided to stick to the back of the group for the rest of the ride. After our fifth lap, leaders went into the transition and we had to do one more lap. We still had a large group so we didn't lose much of the speed. I was totaly recovered from that mistake so I gave one shift. On the bike I ate half of the Power bar, and I had some liquid calories.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much
Transition 2
  • 00m

Good transition. Time is included in bike time
  • 40m 55s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 05s  min/km

Before the run I was a little concerned about how will my legs react to running. When I started running I was suprised how easy it was. But still I planed to back off for the first 5 km, and try to pick up the pace on the second half. Just after the transition I passed one guy and two other were around 100m in front of me. I felt light cramps in my stomach, but they were hardly noticeable. Besides that I felt great. There were water stations every 1.25 km, and on every one of them I drank a little of water and poured a little on my head. On the second lap I still felt great and I started to speed up. At the last water station, 1.25 km before the finish line I went all out. About 600m before the finish I passed one guy, and with 400m to the finish I passed another one. There was one more guy in my reach, but at the end I was 5 seconds short. My overall time was 2:07:19, that was way better than my goal.

What would you do differently?:

I could have run faster from the start, but I was affraid of bonking. I think that I could run sub 40 min.

Post race
Warm down:

After the race I had a massage. That really helped me because my legs started to cramp and I planned to drive home (7 hour drive) later that day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

After the race we had pasta party and tombola. There were a bunch of prices and I think that everyone won something except me. This was probably biggest race ever in Croatia. There were 135 competitors and 75 of them were competing on the olimpic distance.

Last updated: 2006-07-18 12:00 AM
00:27:00 | 1500 meters | 01m 48s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 33/75
Performance: Below average
HRavg = 171, HRmax = 182
Suit: none
Course: out and back
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 25C / 77F Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:59:24 | 38.4 kms | 38.79 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 23/75
Performance: Good
HRavg = 170, HRmax = 189
Wind: Little
Course: 6 loop, completly flat
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard 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
00:40:55 | 10 kms | 04m 05s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 18/75
Performance: Good
HRavg = 169, HRmax = 184
Course: Two loop, flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race?
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-07-18 6:30 AM

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