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Lee's Summit, Missouri
United States
Jackson County Triathlon
Total Time = 2h 08m 41s
Overall Rank = 14/148
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 2/10
Pre-race routine:

Typical Race morning, up at 5:00am, had a bit of oatmeal and some Gatorade and coffee, and headed down to pack up the jeep. On the road by 5:45. At the race site at 6:15.

No pre-marked transition spots so I had to plop down in a middle row that wasn't quite ideal. They also had the weird wooden transition "slots" similar to ITU stuff. Not a fan, bikes were falling over and people were complaining of dropping their chain after it rubbed on the wood. But I had no complaints really.
Event warmup:

Did my usual short quick ride to make sure the wheels could still turn. They could. It was pretty chilly out, and I was wondering how freezing I'd be on the bike to start.

Probably waited a bit too long to do this, and missed a swim warm up, as it took some time for me to cram my body into my wetsuit.

I was in wave 1 and we started at 7:30, with a group of maybe 25-30 people (all M39 and under). Saw Pete right before the start, and we lined up near the front of our small wave and just waited till the gun went off.
  • 27m 56s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

Having the smaller wave made for a pretty uneventful start. Instead of going out super hard, peaking the HR and then settling down, I just took it nice and smooth from the start and found someone to draft off of. There was probably a group of 5 at the front the first lap, with me being on the tail end. I stuck right on the feet of some guy in a BlueSeventy wetsuit, and tried not to get dropped off the back.

Heading back for the second lap included a short stretch across the beach area that we were allowed to swim. I was pretty happy with this, as I thought running along the beach would skyrocket my HR. I just stayed in the zone and kept right on the feet of the guy in the BlueSeventy, who seemed to be going right at the pace I was confortable with.

As soon as we got going on the second lap, I could tell we were hitting alot of traffic in the water, likely from the short course waves starting. The second lap sucked, and was 750m of constant zigzagging around slower swimmers, who were spread out quite well. No contact, but still not a straight shot.

Soon enough, we were out of the water, with me about a few seconds behind the BlueSeventy guy, who I silently thanked for pulling me 90% of the swim.
What would you do differently?:

I was surprised by the split, as I thought I was working relatively hard for the distance and my workouts had been amazing leading up to the race. Regardless, I felt like my HR was right were it needed to be. Maybe push a bit harder on the back stretch of the 2nd lap, but navigating around other waves made this difficult.
Transition 1
  • 01m 8s

3rd in AG, 13th OA.

I thought this transition sucked. I forgot to take my swim cap off, had the suit get stuck on my watch and heels, and fumbled around a bit with my helmet. by far not my smoothest effort. Also had trouble mounting my bike, which made me look quite stupid...
What would you do differently?:

remember my cap, compose myself a bit more before getting to my rack.
  • 1h 03m 37s
  • 24.6 miles
  • 23.41 mile/hr

After finally mounting my bike, I set off to track down two riders in front of me. While I was struggling getting on my bike, I was passed by someone in AG, and I wanted to keep him within sight. My plan was to ride fairly conservatively the first half of the first lap, including the first climb. Everything went to plan, which was fairly surprising. Normally, I say F the plan and hammer, but kept the HR low z3 the first 15 minutes.

I soon saw Pete behind me after the climb, and we rode together and tracked down the two riders in front of me and sort of formed this group of 4, with no one really breaking off for probably 20 minutes.

While going of the rickety bridge on the first lap, I had a bottle eject while going over at high speeds. At first, I thought it was my watch, then maybe my gels, and lastly a water bottle. Luckily, the bottle I lost had only water in it. After realizing I dropped it, I turned and said sorry to Pete, who probably thought I was trying to "drop" him in an alternative way.

The remainder of the first lap went well, with very little traffic on the course. The second lap was also fairly uneventful, but I pushed the pace a bit more. Once we got to the backside of the hill on the second lap, I picked up the pace even more and distanced myself from tiny group, although I'm sure they weren't far behind.

Overall, I was hoping for an ave HR of 155, but definitely settled for a 152, as my legs were in great shape still. I was definitely conservative on the bike, but since this was my longest race this year (crazy), I made more of an attempt to pace myself to see how the remainder of the day would go.
What would you do differently?:

Open up the legs a bit more on. But I am pleased with the results.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

1 in AG, 12 OA

Long run out of transition. I thought it went well, though.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, maybe skip the hat, but I didn't take time to put it on
  • 34m 55s
  • 5 miles
  • 06m 55s  min/mile

Don't know where the hell this came from, but I'm definitely okay with it...

I started out the run just behind Pete and the guy in my AG, who I likely thought was in 1st. I was about 15 seconds behind them, and was content with this starting out. I kept checking my watch initially, and saw the 7:00/mi pace and thought WTF Mark... But I was feeling damn good coming off the bike. The plan was for a 7:30 ave, maybe 7:20. But nothing in training led me to think I'd be doing anything faster than a 7:20.

The 2.5 out was great. I was feeling good, concentrating on keeping my cadence high, a good arm swing, and keeping Pete and the AG within 15-20 seconds. At the turn, I verified I was 2nd in my AG, and about 6 or 7th out on the course. I quickly saw Mark and Reese (Mark would later fly by me doing about a 6min mile...) and prepared myself to keep up the now much harder pace.

I definitely slowed a bit on the back half, but overall my HR and lungs were feeling good. My legs just couldn't muster anything faster than the already fairly fast pace they were maintaining. Pete and the AGer eventually pulled away, about 30-40 seconds in front of me and I couldn't catch them.

I eventually crossed the finish, about 20 seconds behind the AG winner, who was I chatted with after as he had a Cervelo p2 as well.
What would you do differently?:

Hell, I wish I knew what I did for this run so I could replicate it! Nothing!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked a bit, Pete handed me a beer immediately (haha), and stuck around for the raffel which I did not win.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think the biggest thing would be a conservative approach to pacing on the bike, but I think this contributed to a great run split. I will attempt a faster time next weekend in Paola and see where I stand!

Event comments:

While I ranked this as Average, I thought it was really well done, despite the longer swim and CLEARLY short bike course (come on, no way I averaged 23...). But, I thought the course was fun, everyone was in great spirits, and overall had few problems. The one complaint I do have is there was no one monitoring the turn around, just a sign the said turn around. I didn't see anyone cutting it short, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen....

All in all, a good small local race on a gorgeous day.

Last updated: 2013-05-22 12:00 AM
00:27:56 | 1500 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/10
Overall: 11/148
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU T2 Full sleeve
Course: 2 loop course, more of an out and back triangle. Was also probably a 50-100y long each lap.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:08
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:03:37 | 24.6 miles | 23.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/10
Overall: 15/148
Performance: Average
Ave HR: 152
Wind: None
Course: 2 loops around Longview, with one decent climb each lap. Oh and a nice bridge...
Road:  Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:34:55 | 05 miles | 06m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/10
Overall: 24/148
Performance: Good
AVE HR: 163
Course: 2.5 out, 2.5 back on crushed gravel trail. Nice shade, pretty flat!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2013-08-19 1:15 PM

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Prairie Village, Kansas
Subject: Jackson County Triathlon - Long Course

2013-08-19 2:20 PM
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Overland Park, KS
Subject: RE: Jackson County Triathlon - Long Course
Great job Mark, smashing run split! I agree, I think the swim was a tad long. I had my I-phone in Strava mode in my gear bag on the bike. I got 23.4 miles which is about what the course is. In the past it's been advertised as 23.5 miles. Don't know why RD's data shows 40K bike, it's never been 40K as long as I've done the race.

See you next week in Paola!
2013-08-19 2:58 PM
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Prairie Village, Kansas
Subject: RE: Jackson County Triathlon - Long Course
Thanks reese, yeah, that's about what I was thinking for the bike distance. Again, why not just advertise it as 23.5 miles, but hey whatever.
2013-08-22 3:57 PM
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Nice job Mark, pretty solid all the way around. Way to hang on through the finish despite pushing hard on the run.
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