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Kelowna, British Columbia
Canada
The Kelowna Apple Triathlon Society
23C / 73F
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 07m 1s
Overall Rank = 50/90
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 2/2
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5am and ate a Clif Bar and drank some water. Had a banana or some other fruit (can't remember) at about 6am. Showed up about an hour before the race at 6:15. Racked my bike and laid out my transition carefully. I got body-marked and walked down to the lake to get an idea of how the swim would look. Chatted with a few people and just tried to get mentally prepared.
Event warmup:

Didn't do much of a warmup - took a few strokes in the lake, but that was it.
Swim
  • 11m 36s
  • 300 meters
  • 03m 52s / 100 meters
Comments:

Swim was awful. I felt alright for the first 25m or so, but then started to lose my breath, I was trying to go slow and just focus on good technique and easy breathing. Didn't help. I ended up flipping over and backstroking for probably about 250 of the 300m. I tried rolling back over for freestyle but it just wasn't happening.
What would you do differently?:

Train more. I could have trained more than I did in the two months since I had decided to do the race, although it would have taken a lot of effort. I really just need to work on my breathing and that will help everything come together.
Transition 1
  • 04m 28s
Comments:

Took me a little longer than anticipated to get suited up because I was breathing so hard from the swim, but overall I think it went pretty smoothly.
What would you do differently?:

Have more appropriate shoes (proper road shoes pre-clipped to pedals) as this would make the slowest part of T1 the fastest (I have lace up SPDs). I could also better plan clothing choices so as to be able to get dressed more quickly.
Bike
  • 33m 32s
  • 15 kms
  • 26.84 km/hr
Comments:

As bad as my swim was, this was my downfall. About 2/3 of the way into my first lap, I noticed that my seat was slowly sliding down and by 5/6 of the way into the same lap, it was all the way at the lowest position. I guess that my seat clamp had come a bit loose, and the race being as short as it was, I hadn't brought tools on the track with me. What this meant was that I basically rode at least 2/3 of the ride like a Shriner. To maintain any speed, this meant a lot of work from my quads and a bit of pain for my knee. It also meant that my ass was getting sore because my seat is a pretty firm race-cut seat as I had just swapped it from my "comfort" designed gel seat. I had been cruising at about 34km/h and passed a ton of people up until this happened. I maintained a pace pretty close to 30km/h over the course of the ride, but this killed my legs. It basically felt like I had run the whole ride due to the geometry change.
What would you do differently?:

When I noticed that my seat was a bit crooked in the morning before the race and straightened it without having to loosen it, I would let this clue me in that this means my seatpost is loose and thus needs to be tightened. I would also bring my toolkit with me so that I could handle this eensy repair while on the track very easily.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Comments:

T2 wasn't too bad, although I almost threw up from the exertion from the legs up ride. I should also get "speed laces" or whatever they're called, although this transition was reasonably quick.
What would you do differently?:

Have proper bike shoes so that I can dismount with the shoes on the pedals to save me a step.
Run
  • 17m 27s
  • 3 kms
  • 05m 49s  min/km
Comments:

I found it VERY hard to run and get a drink of Gatorade or water. There was an aid station right at the beginning and it didn't work well for me at all. I also ran pretty slowly because I was exhausted from the ride. I did my best and only walked a short distance so that I could actually take a drink. It was kind of funny because I had planned to sprint the end but when I rounded that corner, it was all I could do to keep from collapsing so I just maintained my pace and crossed when I could.
What would you do differently?:

Train longer distances more and do speedwork so that I can get faster runs to be easier.
Post race
Warm down:

Mostly tried to avoid heaving. Walked around a bit, ate some oranges and drank Gatorade and water. Got a massage on my quads to prevent them from seizing.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training and equipment malfunction.

Event comments:

While I said it wasn't a good race, I thoroughly enjoyed doing it and would do it again. I just felt that I basically screwed up with the seat thing and was very frustrated, so it wasn't a race that was reflective of my abilities because I feel I could have shaved a good three or four minutes off my run time and maybe the same off my bike. I NEED to shave about 5 off my swim. I had a ton of fun though and can't wait for next year's race to come around.

Odd thing re split times - they don't give a time for T2, which is weird. I think it's built into the bike time, looking at it.

Thanks to everyone on BT for making my first race a success and helping me learn so much in such a short time!




Last updated: 2006-06-30 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:11:36 | 300 meters | 03m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 74/90
Performance: Bad
Suit: Sugoi Tri Shorts
Course: 100m lane, 3 laps around buoys.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 22C / 72F Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 04:28
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:33:32 | 15 kms | 26.84 km/hr
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 36/90
Performance: Bad
Wind: None
Course: Flat and relatively straight, a few corners and one sharp 180. 3x5km laps.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills:
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:17:27 | 03 kms | 05m 49s  min/km
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 44/90
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 lap flat 1.5km run along the water, mostly cement.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Evaluation
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

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2006-08-22 11:31 AM

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2006-08-22 1:58 PM
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Congratulations on your first race, great job!
2006-08-22 5:42 PM
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Thanks, hopefully it's the first of many!
2006-08-22 5:50 PM
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Great race report and congradulations on your first race!  I was out there racing the olyimpic on Sunday.  
2006-08-23 1:12 AM
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I am so very proud of you Mikey!!! 
2006-08-23 10:45 AM
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Well, well, well. Look who's all growd up and doing triathlon(s)!

Great job!

- You know who.


2006-08-23 6:46 PM
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werd up!

Thanks everyone! Global, T, "coach"

Look for the next RR in a couple of weeks if I do the XTC du!
2006-08-24 12:35 AM
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2006-08-24 11:06 AM
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Man, those bike pics are priceless.

BTW? Do the DU! I dare ya!

2006-08-24 11:53 AM
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dude, I was laughing when I saw the pics...I felt like a clown on a tricycle out there...crazy
2006-08-25 12:56 PM
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Dude You gotta ride like that on sunday!

HA, I might crash though!

 

Great race, good pics.

 



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