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Portland, Oregon
United States
Portland Triathlon
56F / 13C
Total Time = 3h 14m 13s
Overall Rank = 316/364
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 23/32
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 5, ate a bagel with almond butter and honey, loaded up and headed to Cathedral Park.
Event warmup:

Jogged around transition area a little; swam for a minute or two to get adjusted to the water temp, then shivered outside waiting for my wave to start 20 minutes later.
  • 35m 8s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

Windy. According to the race director, the tide was creating a current that was strong on the way back, but it actually seemed worse on the way out. Choppy because of the wind, and the start was a total washing machine. I didn't even try to get into a rhythm until I was rounding the bouy to head upstream, about 100 yd in. I wasn't panicky, just had absolutely no room to maneuver.
What would you do differently?:

Couldn't have really positioned myself better at the start; it was just a really big group for my wave. Felt like I had an okay rhythm going, but I was surprised my time wasn't faster. I probably sighted more often than I needed to, but I think the choppy conditions are the reason my time was slower than I expected. Still, I felt pretty good about this swim.
Transition 1
  • 05m 8s

LONG run (hobble) over really sharp, rocky asphalt coming out of the river. Long way to transition area, too. Couldn't get my helmet on right; ponytail was in the way. Mind was working a little slow after the long cold swim!
What would you do differently?:

Orient my hair differently so I'm not messing around trying to get my helmet on. Maybe wait until I'm on the bike before trying to grab a bite of my energy bar.
  • 1h 34m 29s
  • 40 kms
  • 25.40 km/hr

Good enough ride for me. Tried to keep the effort level steady, and focus on taking in nutrition and hydration.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep working on building strength on the bike. I'm still pretty new to the cycling world!
Transition 2
  • 01m 50s

Didn't try to rush anything here.
What would you do differently?:

Could have had things a little more organized, but wasn't trying to be too speedy.
  • 57m 13s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 43s  min/km

Checked my Garmin around mile 1, and realized I was WAY faster at 8:58 than my goal pace of 9:30. Felt okay, and legs were settling in, so I just went with it. Had enough breath to talk to spectators and other racers. Left hip flared up a little after 2 or 3 miles, but I just ignored it. Didn't push it on the downhills much. Had a little kick left at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Exceeded my expectations for this run, so wouldn't change a thing! In the future, I might try some more hill workouts to build more speed, and practice (carefully) some downhill running.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a little, grabbed some food. Had a little stomach cramping, but not as bad as some previous races.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of strength/comfort on the bike.

Event comments:

While it was cool to swim under and then run over my favorite bridge in Portland, I didn't love the scenery on the bike course. Otherwise, a pretty nice race. The fees were steep, though, which might make me think twice about doing this race next year. (The free swag from the packet pickup was pretty great, though!)

Last updated: 2013-07-28 12:00 AM
00:35:08 | 1500 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 305/364
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex sleeveless
Course: Long rectangle in the Willamette River; upstream first, then downstream
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:08
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:34:29 | 40 kms | 25.40 km/hr
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 342/364
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Industrial area of North Portland. Some train tracks, some rough pavement, a few mild hills, plus one steep one at the beginning.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:57:13 | 10 kms | 05m 43s  min/km
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 257/364
Performance: Good
Course: Steep hill to start, then pretty flat through St. John's. Another less steep climb over the bridge, then downhill most of way to finish. More spectator-friendly than the bike course!
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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