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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company
75F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 22m 53s
Overall Rank = 160/689
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 19/72
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:45am and had my normal breakfast of an Ensure Complete and oatmeal w/ fruit. Felt okay but was lethargic and not excited to race like I normally am. My coach had me on a race plan that would hold me back so I can stay fresh for IMAZ. I also didn't help matters by going to the ASU game the day before. This included drinking beer, eating crappy food, and being on my feet all day. Oh well, at least the Devils finally put together a solid victory vs. a legit opponent.
Event warmup:

Not much. Setup up my transition area and got into my wetsuit. As usual, I got caught up socializing and was late to get in my wave corral. I was in the second wave so it wasn't very smart.. Disappointed in myself because I wanted to focus on this since it was an IMAZ warmup. I also didn't setup up my transition area very well which is aggravating.
  • 32m 35s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

Had specific goals of getting to my corral on time and also seeding myself in the first couple rows. FAIL... Don't know what my problem is but I continue to be late to my swim start. I was in the back of my wave getting into the water and started swimming to the start line. About 25yds from the start buoys, I got kicked in my left wrist pretty hard which is normal. I looked down and noticed my 910xt was dangling and about to fall off my wrist. Assuming it was jarred loose after the kick, I grabbed it real quick and went to fasten it back on. Problem was the clasping bracket got kicked completely off my strap and it couldn't fasten. As I realize this, the announcer gives the 15 seconds till start call. You gotta be f'in kidding me!!! Started freaking out a bit because I knew I couldn't hold onto my watch during the swim. Jammed it down my wetsuit real quick, which unfortunately let a lot of water into my wetsuit, then the horn went off. I was still somewhat flustered but started swimming. To make matters worse, I was towards the back and had to pass about 30 people until I got to open water. The constant zig-zagging and acceleration caused me to loose my breath and I had to pull over for a breather. What a mess!! I'm usually a good swimmer and never have these issues. Took about 15 seconds to settle down then got back into it. Had open water nearly the entire swim but my stroke was a mess. Just could never settle down after the watch incident. I'm bummed with myself for not working on a IMAZ specific item (starting at front), but I think this may have been a blessing in disguise. Up until this race, I never had issues in the water so I'm happy it happened before IMAZ. God only knows how chaotic that start will be!
What would you do differently?:

Turn my brain on and get to the water entrance early. This is something I can control and will make sure to do so on November 17th. I need to start in the first couple rows because it will save me a lot of energy. Zig zagging around slower swimmers is a disaster... Also, I need to really focus on settling down at IMAZ and focus on my stroke efficiency.
Transition 1
  • 01m 32s

This was my first time using a wetsuit stripper. I had 3-4 different folks yelling at me and kind of froze at first. I didn't have my torso out of the wetsuit so I had to do that before sitting down and getting the suit ripped off. Got to my bike and got everything on quick. Good transition
What would you do differently?:

Get my torso out of wetsuit immediately upon exiting water.
  • 2h 57m 33s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.92 mile/hr

Hopped on the bike and felt good. Went into this race with a conservative game plan of 130 HR on the bike. That's what I'm planning on doing for IMAZ so I wanted to do the same here and see how I felt. Out of the water, my HR was at 145 which was too high so I took it easy the first mile. Got it back down to 130 fairly quickly and was able to keep it between 125-135 for most the ride. I got around 140 on some of the hills but overall I was pretty happy with this performance. I will say it was tough letting everyone fly by me.... A couple negatives were I had to stop and pee twice and I didn't have an aero hydration system. I had to stop three times to fill up my water bottle which was annoying. Between all the stops, I probably lost 4-5 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

My HR started escalating on the 3rd loop. I was probably pushing it cause I was almost done but I have to make sure not to do that at IMAZ. Either way, my legs felt great and I was ready to run. Also need to find an aero bottle for the bike
Transition 2
  • 03m 54s

This is another area where I screwed up before the race and didn't setup transition properly. I wanted to practice getting on my CEP compression socks in T2 at Soma. I forgot to prep my socks so I had to do that while in T2. This wasted a solid 1-2 minutes which was extremely frustrating. My normal T2 time is 60-90 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure socks are ready before race starts
  • 1h 47m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

Felt great off the bike. Legs were totally fresh and I had to really focus on keeping my pace in-check. Could have opened it up early but wanted to stay in a target HR zone the first 6 miles. Did a great job of that then got after it the last 7 miles. Ended up negative splitting the run and ran 7:20 miles the last 3 miles which is great for me. Also proved I paced the race correctly and will use this experience at IMAZ.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Water, gatorade, walked around with my wife. Felt totally fine

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Conservative race plan

Event comments:

Great race. Bike course is goofy but the positives outweigh the negatives. Lifetime appeared to also step their game up in the transition security dept which was good to see. I would recommend this race to others.

Last updated: 2013-10-21 12:00 AM
00:32:35 | 2112 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/72
Overall: 0/689
Performance: Below average
Suit: 2XU
Course: One rectangular loop
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:32
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:57:33 | 56 miles | 18.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/72
Overall: 0/689
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 loops in Tempe. Technical course with lots of turns
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:54
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:47:19 | 13.1 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/72
Overall: 0/689
Performance: Good
Course: Two 6 mile loops around Tempe Town Lake
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

2013-10-21 1:15 PM

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Scottsdale, AZ
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2013-10-21 3:36 PM
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Queen Creek, AZ
Subject: RE: Soma Triathlon
What's not to love about ASU winning?

Great race and good for you for pacing yourself as a training run for IMAZ. That will be me, next year...same thing.
2013-10-21 3:51 PM
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Scottsdale, AZ
Subject: RE: Soma Triathlon
Originally posted by PHXATC

What's not to love about ASU winning?

Great race and good for you for pacing yourself as a training run for IMAZ. That will be me, next year...same thing.

Right?! Now let's see if they can win on the road.

I was pretty negative about this race the last couple weeks but I totally see why people use it as a dress rehearsal for IMAZ. I would definitely recommend you do it prior to IMAZ next year.
2013-10-21 4:21 PM
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Looks good for IMAZ!

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