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Gatorade Tri Series 13/14. Race 2. St Kilda - Triathlon

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Melbourne, Victoria
16C / 61F
Total Time = 2h 58m 52s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 29/36
Pre-race routine:

I woke at 3:00am an didn't really sleep after that. Nerves were certainly an issue.
Event warmup:

Rode down to St Kilda. Set up and waited the 53 mins for our wave start. Ate a stick of clif shots prior to the swim and warmed up a little. The bay was certainly warmer than November and less choppy.
  • 32m 23s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

Difficult course in that you couldn't see it's entirety from shore. I had parts of the swim where I doubted my ability and will to finish. But then I'd come good. There was a running/walking component at the second last buoy. I was passed by a couple of girls there only to pass them in the water again. Partially satisfying!
What would you do differently?:

More open water swimming to get used to the rocking, the waves and my wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s

Massive transition area, with plenty of running. Got my suit off fine, race belt and helmet on, good to go! I screwed up jumping on the bike cos one of my bike shoes fell off, so then I had to jump off the bike, put the shoe on my foot and start again. I'm sure this happened in my last Oly!
  • 1h 23m 29s
  • 40 kms
  • 28.75 km/hr

I lost a spot on the bike to a woman in my age group. Better than last time. I've really worked on my bike training in this last block. I stayed aero for majority of the ride, I did manage to ride over a cone and thankfully didn't come to any grief. The rest of the ride was uneventful, I took in a gel about 15 mins in, another just before I got off the bike and sipped on electrolytes during. The wind had picked up a little in the last lap so I was happy to be getting off the bike.
What would you do differently?:

I'd love to push the average up to 30 km/hr and still have the strength in my legs to run.
Transition 2
  • 03m 21s

Again heaps of running, but all went smoothly. Shoes (no socks) on easily, grabbed hat and I was off.
  • 57m 21s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 44s  min/km

I seriously doubt this was 10km, because it's a 10km pb for me! We were some of the last people on course given our last wave start. I knew everyone I was passing had started prior to me. It was a bit of a confidence boost. At about the 6km mark a chic in my AG caught me. I stayed with her and we ended up running together for the rest of the race. She pretty much paced me to the finish. We realized we could go under 3 hours. That was certainly a bit of a goal for me. And we did it, sub 3 hours!
What would you do differently?:

A really good run for me. I know I lost a stack of places, but I felt strong and positive the entire way. Yes, I need to add speed work, but happy enough with the performance.
Post race
Warm down:

Good race for me, exceeded expectations. It's tough to jump to an Oly in the second race of the season, but I understand the timing with regards to the 70.3s coming up in Feb.
I pb'ed by 6 min. I found the swim really tough and came good on the bike and run.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to work on open water swimming, get stronger on the bike and work on my run speed.

Last updated: 2013-10-26 12:00 AM
00:32:23 | 1500 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 24/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Wetsuit
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:23:29 | 40 kms | 28.75 km/hr
Age Group: 25/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:21
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:57:21 | 10 kms | 05m 44s  min/km
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2014-01-15 4:37 PM

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Subject: RE: Gatorade Tri Series 13/14. Race 2. St Kilda
Hey Casie
Just caught this in one of my little trawls round the old place!

Looks like you had a great time out there!
Huge huge congrats on a massive PB!!!! So proud of what you've done!!!!

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