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Huntington's Disease Triathlon - Olympic Course - Triathlon

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Miami, Florida
United States
Huntington's Disease Triathlon Florida Chapter
87F / 31C
Total Time = 1h 56m 11s
Overall Rank = 14/216
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/21
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4.15 am (race start was 6.45 am for my wave) and ate110 grams of cereal with 400 ml of milk and 2 Tbs of Nesquick. I also sipped sports drink and water until the start of the race and I ate half banana around 5.45 am.

After breakfast, I packed the car and drove to the race venue. I was there in 20-25 min. Set up transition and warmed up a little bit.

Event warmup:

Run a few strides and I swam 200 yards.
  • 18m 21s
  • 1232 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

Probably, one of my best swims ever.

I started at the front and I drafted a pair of feet for about 700-800 yards. The girl I was drafting from was fast and swam in a straight line, which helped me a lot. I passed her for the last 400-500 yards as I wanted to see how I did by myself (I was using this race as a training race). I swam faster than her, but I kept going left and right. I need to improve my navigation.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, other than learn how to swim in a straight line.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s

13/216 (OA) and 1/21 (AG)

Very fast transition, finally!!! I make sure to keep my transition area clean of stuff. Got out of the water, run fast to my bike, ate a gel, sipped some sports drink, put helmet on, grabbed bike and run!

I didn't put on gloves or socks this time. It saved me a significant amount of time and I was perfectly comfortable.

It was quite a long run from T1 to the mount line, glad I didn't run on my bike shoes, although it was painful to run on rocks and tree roots.
What would you do differently?:

Probably, eat the gel and sip sports drink while on the bike rather than in T1.
  • 56m 7s
  • 21 miles
  • 22.45 mile/hr

One of my fastest bike splits ever. Thanks to getting out of the water early, I was able to ride close the fast guys in my AG and I forced myself to stay with them. I didn't draft, but by "staying with them" I mean that I made sure to ride at a pace where I didn't lose sight of them. I always had somebody to chase.
What would you do differently?:

I started a little slow. I have to learn to get on the bike and start going at my goal pace rather than trying to warm up my legs.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

73/216 (OA) and 12/21 (AG)

This was the worst part of the tri for me. I didn't have lock laces on my shoes, so I had to put them on and tied them. Anything else was quite fast, but I lost quite a bit of time here.
What would you do differently?:

Bring shoes with lock laces
  • 38m 58s
  • 6 miles
  • 06m 29s  min/mile

WOW!!!!! I never run that fast for 6 miles!!!

I still can't believe that I put a sub 39 min 6 mile (that would've been close to a sub 40 min 10k). I felt very strong during the entire run. I think I got into the run knowing that I was close to be on the podium and I run hard.

Best of all is that I got negative splits in ALL my miles.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Eat, drink, put my flip flops, stay cool, and talk to people and friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This race came after a 20 hour training week. No taper and very heavy legs going into it.

Would I had a better race, had I tapered properly? I don't know. I had the race of my life and I am very happy with it. It wasn't an A or B race, it was a C race and I took it as a high intensity training day, but it worked out great!

Event comments:

Good organized race and 100% for charity. Great people, great venue, I will repeat!

Last updated: 2014-07-23 12:00 AM
00:18:21 | 1232 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/21
Overall: 31/216
Performance: Good
Suit: N/A
Course: Quite a few turns due to make it to the distance, but long stretches of swimming as well.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:56:07 | 21 miles | 22.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/21
Overall: 23/216
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Fast bike course. A couple of 180 degree turns and a few 90 degree turns as well, but long stretches of road to push hard. Traffic was well controlled, pavement was smooth, and everything was well signaled. Perfect for a fast ride! There was some wind, but not as strong as I am used to, so not bad.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:18
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:38:58 | 06 miles | 06m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/21
Overall: 9/216
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop flat course, 70% shaded all the time.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

2014-07-28 11:17 AM

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