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Naples, Florida
United States
HITS Triathlon Series
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 04m 44s
Overall Rank = 175/227
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 19/22
Pre-race routine:

Traffic was a nightmare coming in so any kind of routine went out the window. Scrambled just to get out of transition and to the water in time for the start.
Event warmup:

Managed a short swim to get warmed up a little before waiting for the sprint swim to finish.
  • 33m
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 12s / 100 meters

The waves on the first leg were pretty good sized and took a lot of energy to fight through. My time goal coming in was 30 minutes, so with the waves and the long run to T1 I wasn't terribly disappointed with 33 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Stay in a little closer to the buoys. I stayed well to the outside of the most direct route to avoid traffic so I probably swam a little farther than was really necessary.
Transition 1
  • 04m 58s

Terrible transition. About halfway through the first lap of the swim I realized I had forgotten to fill my water bottle for the bike, so I lost time doing that.
What would you do differently?:

Remember to fill my water bottle beforehand and move a bit faster.
  • 1h 21m 43s
  • 25 miles
  • 18.36 mile/hr

I took it really easy on the bike to save energy for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Go harder. I had planned to go easy, but I went too easy. I could have easily been 5-10 minutes faster without a whole lot more effort.
Transition 2
  • 03m 32s

T2 was good overall, but I lost time stopping at the Port-a-potty on the way out.
What would you do differently?:

Have a bigger bladder
  • 1h 01m 29s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

I've never run a 10K before so I was a little worrieed about the distance. I stuck to my plan and did 8-10 minutes of running then 1-1.5 minutes walking and it seemed to work pretty well. Even with the walk breaks I averaged sub-10 minute miles, which for me is good.
What would you do differently?:

Train more for the run. It has always been my weakness so I rend to neglect it. Also, remember my hat.
Post race
Warm down:

Very little. Lots of water and some walking while I waited for my sister to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my first Olympic distance, so I was very conservative in my approach. A combination of early season lack of fitness and unfamiliarity with the distance were my biggest limiters. My goal was 3 hours, finished in 3:04 with slow transitions and a way too conservative bike leg. I've already identified where I could shave off a good 15 minuted without much more effort.

Event comments:

I didn't stick around for the post race activities as there didn't appear to be any. The expo area consisted of about 5 vendors, and they were packing up pretty early. But worst of all- there was no beer!

Last updated: 2013-12-15 12:00 AM
00:33:00 | 1500 meters | 02m 12s / 100meters
Age Group: 17/22
Overall: 132/227
Performance: Average
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Two laps of a counterclockwise triangle
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:58
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:21:43 | 25 miles | 18.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/22
Overall: 166/227
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Flat out and back
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:01:29 | 06.2 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/22
Overall: 164/227
Performance: Average
Course: Flat, hot out and back
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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