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Mesa, Arizona
United States
The Foundation for Mesa Parks and recreation
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 12m 29s
Overall Rank = 35/242
Age Group = M40-49
Age Group Rank = 7/31
Pre-race routine:

Got up and had some coffee and oatmeal. loaded my gear and was out the door. stopped off for some gatorade and a banana. got to the race site, checked in , and set up my transition. one final evacuation and a short warm-up swim later, it was go time
Event warmup:

50 meter easy swim and some light stretching
  • 07m 46s
  • 400 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters
Transition 1
  • 01m 41s

long run out to the parking lot. had to brush some rocks off my feet before slipping on my bike shoes. have to start off slow due to speed bumps in the parking lot
  • 37m 47s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.06 mile/hr

had a good ride for me and based on how much I have been riding. always like to be faster, but no mechanical issues or flats today. I did have to come to an almost complete stop (and unclip) when some yahoo decided to half listen to the cop working the race. he pulled in front of me and then stopped, blocking the course.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

should have been faster, but okay
  • 24m 2s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 49s  min/km

started off sore, but i saw a guy in my AG leave right before me. loosened up and increased my stride after the first mile and settled into a good pace. no one passed me and I tracked down a few people on the way.
What would you do differently?:

more brick training
Post race
Warm down:

saw that I was way outside the podium (you never know with these smaller races), so I grabbed my gear and headed home

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the amount of training I have been doing.

Event comments:

pretty good for a small race. lots of post race activities (which I didn't stay around for). maybe next year

Last updated: 2014-09-30 12:00 AM
00:07:46 | 400 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 7/31
Overall: 30/242
Performance: Average
Course: Long course meters, serpentine swim
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:41
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:37:47 | 12 miles | 19.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/31
Overall: 59/242
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 laps around the area
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:02 | 05 kms | 04m 49s  min/km
Age Group: 5/31
Overall: 32/242
Performance: Good
Course: out and back across streets, sidewalks, dirt path, and grass. thankful that I have been doing some running on grass - it just feels weird at first when you are used to harder surfaces.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-10-11 5:51 PM

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Subject: Mesa Sprint Triathlon

2014-10-12 6:03 AM
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Subject: RE: Mesa Sprint Triathlon

Nice work!!  7/31 in 40-44 is a great performance.  I would have probably gone off on the yahoo on the bike course - it drives me crazy to have a full head of steam and have to lay on the brakes.

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