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Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States
City of Santa Fe
61F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 01m 42s
Overall Rank = 2/156
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 1/12
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:00 am and got dressed. On the way to the event (45 min drive) I ate a banana and a Perfect Foods Bar while sipping on coffee and water.
Event warmup:

A few laps around the parking lot with some strides/accelerations mixed in.
  • 06m 21s
  • 400 meters
  • 01m 35s / 100 meters

The swim was last.

Although diving in was permitted, I chose not to based on the last time I tried (goggles came off) and my lack of any practice since then. So, I eased in and began my swim. No cramps on entry (that's always nice) and I was able to hold form (no crossover, something I have been working hard to correct in training) the entire 400 m. I felt strong, so I decided to flip turn at the walls - I was able to do so at every wall except one wall where I made a pass at the wall and did not feel that a flip turn was safe.

On the last 50 m, me and the guy who placed third had a nice side-by-side sprint finish. I was able to edge him out slightly, and had the inside position for the swim exit - leaving him only 4 seconds behind me at the finish. It was a fun way to end the race!
What would you do differently?:

I'd like to dive in at the swim start next time... need to practice.
Transition 1
  • 01m 10s

T1 was a run to bike transition.

I ran to my bike from the run (wish it could have been faster - but, was gassed from the run) while removing my race belt, I stripped my running shoes off, put on my helmet, grabbed my bike, and ran to the mount line. I missed landing on my bike shoe for the mount and I fussed with it longer than I would have liked. But, it really didn't cost me a ton of time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Getting in my shoes was less than ideal - but, things like that happen on occasion.
  • 31m 23s
  • 20 kms
  • 38.24 km/hr

I love this bike course - just enough features (hills, traffic circles, and turns) to keep it interesting. I stayed on the aerobars as much as possible - coming out of them only for the traffic circles (in the down hill direction), the 90 deg turns, and the turn around.
What would you do differently?:


Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

T2 was a bike to swim transition.

I got on top of my bike shoes before entering the parking lot. I had a good dismount at the line and removed my helmet while I ran my bike to my rack. At my rack I removed my sun glasses and grabbed my goggles then and ran the LONG route to the pool.
What would you do differently?:

  • 21m 10s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 14s  min/km

I was hoping (again) for a sub 21 minutes here... but, still unable to get it. The slight uphill for the second half of the course just seems to zap me...
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure.... faster running just seems to elude me no matter how I train.
Post race
Warm down:

Caught my breath then ate a banana and drank some water. After that, I went to find my friend's son so I could see him finish his race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

As usual, the run.... uggh!

Event comments:

A well organized race at a great facility with tons of volunteers. I would have loved for the "play pool" to be running so that I cold hit the water slide and the whirlpool after the race... :-)

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Last updated: 2014-09-22 12:00 AM
00:06:21 | 400 meters | 01m 35s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 2/156
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca Core Race Suit
Course: Serpentine swim, back and forth 4 times in a 50 meter pool. Each lane one way.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:9.9
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:31:23 | 20 kms | 38.24 km/hr
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 2/156
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 148 bpm Normalized Power: 253 W
Wind: Little
Course: An out and back course with rolling hills of various sizes. The course included two 90-degree turns on each leg and a few traffic circles to navigate.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:38.2
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:10 | 05 kms | 04m 14s  min/km
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 16/156
Performance: Good
Mile 1: 147 HR, 6:30/mi, Mile 2: 160 HR, 6:41/mi, Mile 3: 164 HR, 7:15/mi, Remainder: 164 HR, 6:25/mi
Course: Slight downhill along Rodeo Rd and some MUP until the turn around at mile 1.4. Then, slightly uphill along the MUP back to the transition area.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2014-09-22 2:04 PM

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Albuquerque, NM
Subject: City of Santa Fe Triathlon

2014-09-24 11:01 AM
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Rio Rancho, NM
Subject: RE: City of Santa Fe Triathlon

Wow! Congrats on the 2nd OA and 1st in AG! Your run must be good enough to get you there! I agree though, the uphill second half on this one is discouraging. Your transition times look good considering the length of the transition are on this race.

Good job and congrats! 

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