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Havasu Triathlon - International Distance - Triathlon

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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
United States
Tuscon Racing Inc.
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 03m
Overall Rank = 14/62
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Pre-race routine:

Got up early to eat and get my stuff together, the usual!
Event warmup:

No real warm up, just set up transition, located all the the in/out areas in relation to where my bike was racked.
  • 38m 3s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 32s / 100 meters

Almost had a huge problem. There was also a sprint tri going on. I'm watching the start and all of a sudden I hear the announcer say "any woman with a pink cap should be in the water right now!" Well, I had a pink cap on! Holy crap! My step mom zips me up and I run into the water with 15 seconds to start. I asked a lady next to me 'this is the Olympic right?" and as the whistle blows she shouts "no! This is the sprint!" Turns out the volunteer gave me the wrong color cap at registration! Disaster averted, I waded back out of the water laughing. When my wave finally did start I was the only pink cap in a sea of purple caps! As my step mom said, I was easy to follow in the swim!
What would you do differently?:

Been more aware of start times for my wave.
Transition 1
  • 03m 33s

Should have taken timing chip off--that held me up getting my wetsuit off.
What would you do differently?:

Took chiming chip off.
  • 1h 25m
  • 24 miles
  • 16.94 mile/hr

I really think I could have pushed harder in some sections that flattened out.
What would you do differently?:

Pushed in harder, although at the time I thought I was...still think I could have pushed more.
Transition 2
  • 02m 36s

A little fast transition!
  • 54m 37s
  • 6 miles
  • 09m 06s  min/mile

Very happy with my run. Felt great all the way through. The last .25 miles was through sand on the beach, very difficult! An old guy was volunteering and directing runners so I jokingly yelled "Who put all this sand here at the end of a race!?" He laughed and said "Little lady, you have more grit than all of this sand to be out here doing this race! You're tough!" That made me smile the rest of the way!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, happy with my run.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat in the shade and cooled down

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

The awards ceremony was a bit of a cluster. It was held on the outdoor patio of a popular restaurant in town. It was very crowded and hard to hear announcer. Plus, people were trying eat as well--the servers were having a heck of a time!

Last updated: 2014-01-17 12:00 AM
00:38:03 | 1500 meters | 02m 32s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/62
Performance: Average
Course: Out, into the Channel, down to green bouy, back around lighthouse and in.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:33
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:25:00 | 24 miles | 16.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/62
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The course was challenging--very hilly with some very steep sections. Many people were walking bikes up--not this girl! There were also a lot of sharp corners, There was one wipe out where an ambulance was called--the girl was OK, just looked like some road rash.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:36
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:37 | 06 miles | 09m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/62
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with rolling hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2014-03-24 6:53 AM

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2014-03-24 8:20 AM
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Placitas, New Mexico
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Very nice race Kim!  Congrats on the podium finish. 

2014-03-24 11:07 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Good race, congrats on a job well done. Podium, WooHoo!!!

2014-03-25 1:37 PM
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, West-Vlaanderen
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Nice race report! And nice race  too off course!

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