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Kalispel Reservation, Usk, Washington
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 54m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

get up early and drive to the Start. Coffee courtesy of a good sister! Walked around, set up transition and walked around some more. Visited the PP to get rid of coffee. Bus to swim start.
Event warmup:

Haha, not much warm up! Off the bus, pull up the wetsuit and in the water for about 1 minute then start.
  • 22m
  • 1100 yards
  • 02m / 100 yards

The swim started well and went well until I started to get a little tired, then my navigation wasn't doing so well. I seem to pull harder with my right arm so ended up heading downriver several times. I started out sighting every 5 strokes and doing well but ended up every 3 and still having to correct The race organizers had put buoys out to mark where they had mowed the weeds and that was a big help.
What would you do differently?:

More swim training would be a big help here. That and some work on my technique.
Transition 1
  • 06m

It was hard to walk out of the water with all the mud, seaweed and concrete, then up a gravel path. Ow ow!! My feet aren't used to that! I just stayed relaxed and calm and ended up out faster than I expected. I love the transition area at this race, split rail and log racks adds to the rustic and friendly feel. These are the only racks of any race I've done that are high enough to hold my bike up.
What would you do differently?:

Not much,
  • 48m 22s
  • 14.4 miles
  • 17.86 mile/hr

I learned a good lesson at last weeks Titanium Man Oly. Our coach had told me for years before he passed to "don't race the bike" Of course I always did and then burned out on the run......every.......time. So today, I rode well within my fitness levee and it really paid off in the run. No dogs chasing us today was a big plus. The first mile of rough chip seal had me thinking that maybe I shouldn't have entered this race but then it smoothed out and was a very nice. Smooth enough that I hear my bike sing.
What would you do differently?:

Leave my aero bottle off. I didn't put anything in it and it rattled the whole way.
Transition 2
  • 03m

again, I took my time here, stayed relaxed and was done faster than expected
What would you do differently?:

not much, it was a muddy run in and I was careful
  • 44m
  • 4 miles
  • 11m  min/mile

I must have drank enough on the bike so when the PP showed up about a mile into the run, I was a very happy triathlete!! After the good ride, I was able to run the whole course except for the hill up to the paved road. I kept a good comfortable pace and passed someone! This almost never happens with me so it was pretty fun.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

walk around, eat Japanese catered lunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I havent' put in the training time this year so had fairly low expectations. That and a back injury have limited my fitness level. I pretty much "participate" at the races instead of race anyway so it's not so bad.

Event comments:

This is such a fun race! Small field and such a warm fuzzy feeling. The RD was a bit stressed about getting started on time but it worked out fine. The lunch was great and there were Taiko drummers for entertainment. Last year was the first year and one of the race instructions was " if you see a buffalo, run the other way" This year there were buffalo behind fences. This one was more organized than last time but still a great race. Their goal is to grow the field to 100 next year. I'll be there!

Last updated: 2013-09-07 12:00 AM
00:22:00 | 1100 yards | 02m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Suit: Ironman Stealth Full
Course: Point to Point, across river. Started at Cusick park and swam to Powwow grounds on the other side of river
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 06:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:48:22 | 14.4 miles | 17.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out and back, some gentle hills both up and down, they didn't seem quite so gentle on the way back. About a mile of very rough chip seal then a very nice smooth pavement.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:44:00 | 04 miles | 11m  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out on a dirt dike road then up a gravel hill to paved rode back to finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-09-07 7:30 PM

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2013-09-07 10:10 PM
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Spokane, Washington
Subject: RE: Tsunami Triathlon
My favorite part of the RR is "it was more organized than last year but still a fun race." BUT still a fun race. Fun day today, and nice RR.
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