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USAT Age Group National Championship - Olympic Distance - Triathlon

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
USA Triathlon
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 17m 26s
Overall Rank = 770/3065
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 91/184
Pre-race routine:

Jenny, mom and myself loaded into the car on Thursday morning (followed by my grandparents! Full support group for Nats!) and made the 600 mile drive to Milwaukee uneventfully. I got my chips / bands Thursday afternoon and spent most of Friday just taking it easy and getting the bike checked into transition. Saturday I was up early and in transition to get everything set up. I had planned to go back to the hotel after transition closed (as my wave didn't start until 9:30) but decided against it when the garage I parked in was on a road that was closed and I wouldn't be able to get back in. So we sat under a shade tree and watched the other competitors start.
Event warmup:

I tried to get a run in but the sheer volume of people in the area made it tough to do much. Once my wave was ready to get in the water I got a fairly good / long swim warmup in. I wasn't excited about using my DeSoto suit (which doesn't fit terribly well) but it was cold enough I decided it was the best choice I had.
  • 26m 3s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 44s / 100 meters

Calling it a disaster might not be accurate... but it's not too terribly far off. As the horn sounds I somehow get my first stroke between a guy in front of me's legs. His hard scissor kick clips my arm and for a moment I think he's broken my arm. I keep on and take a good pummeling for my pause. I figure I can continue so I find the next pair of feet and follow him pretty much the entire way.
What would you do differently?:

Erase this swim from my memory.
Got to get a wetsuit that actually fits me... and I have to learn how to swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s

Huge run to t1. Once in the corral I made my way to my spot and managed to get my suit off and out the gate with as much speed as I could muster. Lots of dodging others made it tricky. The mount line was obviously a mess.
What would you do differently?:

Hurry it up. Not a great t1.
  • 1h 00m 51s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.50 mile/hr

Humbling to be that far back in my AG with my bike split.

That said, I had a good bike up until the end. Once back on the bridge heading back to transition I figured I had a really good shot at breaking 1hour if I pushed it back in... I'd be fine, right?

Insult to injury, besides tanking my run I was still off by under a minute :/

IF was 1.004.
Avg. Watts - 217
What would you do differently?:

Got what I deserved.

I've never been good at pacing olympic bike efforts... something I have to improve. I also have to keep the whole race in my head... not just the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 26s

Flying dismount goes well... but I immediately realize I have overdid the bike as my legs feel pretty beat. I start running with the bike but my hand slips off the saddle and down goes the cervelo!

I fumble to pick it back up and just hope that it isn't hurt (thankfully wasn't, only my shoe took a beating)

back to the rack and grab my gear. Out the gates to run.
What would you do differently?:

Primarily not dropping my bike would be best.
  • 46m 38s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 31s  min/mile

No excuses, my run was not good. I've yet to run anywhere near my potential (especially in an olympic) this year. Sadly I'm just a slow learner.
What would you do differently?:

Trust my race plan from the beginning.
Post race
Warm down:

Got some water and my medal... found Jenny and the family and finally found somewhere to get some real food (sort of... Milwaukee is a crappy downtown area for eating) then re-checked the bike in for the Sprint and went back to the hotel to take it easy.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being a big dummy is the primary one.

Event comments:

Actually a lot smaller setup / activities than I had expected. Not that small is terrible or anything, just not what I expected. Lots of volunteers and a nice area (road construction aside) to race around.

Last updated: 2014-08-12 12:00 AM
00:26:03 | 1500 meters | 01m 44s / 100meters
Age Group: 129/184
Overall: 1438/3065
Performance: Below average
Suit: DeSoto T1
Course: Straight shot under a narrow bridge, then hug the shores basically in a U shaped course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:26
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:00:51 | 24.85 miles | 24.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 47/184
Overall: 268/3065
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: Two out and back stretches, one massive bridge in the middle which consisted of both all the crappy pavement and most of the climbing. Actually a bit more challenging course than I had thought.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:26
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:38 | 06.2 miles | 07m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 130/184
Overall: 1347/3065
Performance: Bad
Course: out and around the lake and down part of the bike course. Pretty scenic really... which was good, I had plenty of time to take in the sights.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-08-12 11:27 AM

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Knoxville area
Subject: USAT Age Group National Championship - Olympic Distance

2014-08-13 6:45 PM
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Subject: RE: USAT Age Group National Championship - Olympic Distance

Good job salvaging a decent time out of the mishaps     Agree the swim was a pummel fest to start

2014-08-15 3:10 PM
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Subject: RE: USAT Age Group National Championship - Olympic Distance
Good job out there, killer bike split! I had a rough start during the swim also. My worst swim start ever but the largest swim wave I had been in up to this point was maybe 100 people.
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