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Jordanelle Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Park City, Utah
United States
Tri Utah
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 20m 29s
Overall Rank = 15/387
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/49
Pre-race routine:

The race morning is a bit of a blur. I got home from a business trip to Boston right around 1:00 AM and packed up my things to go. After a few short hours of sleep, I headed to the lake with Kenny. I got there early because he was doing the Oly distance, so I had plenty of time to prepare transition and chat with people.
Event warmup:

About 30 mins before the race started, I made my way down the 1/2 mile road to the boat ramp. I decided to go for a run up the trail to warm up, but was gone longer than anticipated. I got back just in time to hear them announce that my wave would start in 3 minutes. I had to make my way through a crowd of people to my swim gear, put it on, then run down the rocky, thorny side of the hill to the lake. I jumped in right as they sounded the horn.
  • 20h 07m
  • 820 yards
  • 2h 27m 09s / 100 yards

Because of my awesome pre-race time management, I had to dive in the lake and start at the back of the pack. I had a really hard time passing people and wasn't able to swim fast at all until I rounded the first buoy. Then the main pack started heading toward a boat instead of the buoy, so I was pretty much free to swim on my own. I made up a bit of time, but still didn't end up with the best swim.

Note that the timing system wasn't working properly for the swim. I hit 20 mins right before I ran into transition, which included removal of the wetsuit, putting on running shoes and running the 1/2 mile "Trail of Tears."

As I came out of the water, a friend announced that I was in the top 25. This was a surprise to me, considering that I felt that the swim was pretty lousy.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up and start on time. I'm fast enough now that I can start out in front and sprint the first 1/3.

Transition 1
  • 00m 36s

This transition went pretty well. I pretty much blew through it.
  • 37m 56s
  • 14 miles
  • 22.14 mile/hr

This was a very interesting bike ride. I left transition and flew by 5-6 guys in the first couple of miles, then had the road all to myself until after the turnaround, where I met up with the Olympic athletes who had started an hour earlier. I had forgotten to move my speed sensor from my training wheelset, so I had no idea how fast I was going, but I knew that I was flying. I finished the difficult part of the course and was just getting to the fast part, where I knew I had an advantage, being a heavier rider.

Just as I was starting to hit the downhill, I came upon a support 4 wheeler that was moving rather slowly down the middle of the road. I didn't want to pass on the left for fear of going into oncoming traffic, and because he was mostly to the left of the lane, so I came around the right. I yelled "Passing on the right" as I came up. I apparently spooked the guy, because he veered sharply to the right of the road, forcing me off onto the soft, gravelly shoulder. I managed to barely stay upright through the stuff and slowed down almost to a stop before I had full control again. I stood up and cranked as hard as I could to get up to speed and pass him.

Not long after I had done this, a big monster truck (Ford F350) pulled right out in front of me at the top of the big hill. I had to hit the brakes pretty hard to avoid hitting the back of his truck as he sped up. Last year, I broke 60 mph on this hill. I was looking forward to seeing what I could do in aero position on the tri bike, but it was not to be. I had to ride the brakes all the way down the hill at about 40 mph. I was then stuck behind the guy for the remaining 3-4 miles of the race going 8-10 mph slower than I would have solo. I figure I lost a good 2-3 minutes because of these two incidences. It was kind of a bummer, because that would have put me at the top bike split of the day. It's a good thing that I've got one more sprint tri this year to try again.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I had a GREAT ride that had a few elements that were out of my control.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

This transition was pretty good, although someone left their bike on the ground right in the middle of the pathway. I was running along next to my bike, pushing it with my hand on the saddle when I had to stop and pick it up to jump over the other bike. This was relatively minor, but still an annoyance.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This is the first time I've actually removed shoes prior to coming into transition and run barefoot. I'd do it again next time.
  • 19m 41s
  • 2.69 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

I felt like I was running in slow motion, but that's mostly because the course had a lot of uphill. Overall, I placed better than I thought on the run. Yet I think I could improve on the run by Ogden.

I did get passed by one person while running. I had blown past him on the bike before my slowdown, but he didn't quite catch up until the run.
What would you do differently?:

I really wasn't feeling too tired when I finished. I probably should have picked up the pace a bit.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked around a bit, ate some food and rehydrated. I talked to a few of the top competitors and some friends as they finished.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The business trip that ended at 1:00 AM the morning of the race was certainly a limiting factor. Overall, I feel that I need to keep the speedwork up for a few weeks on both the bike and run. My biggest weakness is still the swim, though. I may need to get some one on one lessons over the winter or something.

Event comments:

I really enjoy the venue. TriUtah always puts on good events. The only downside to this race is the 4 mile shuttle ride in from the parking lot. If you ride it out on the bike, you have to climb the BIG hill when you've just finished racing.

Last updated: 2006-08-26 12:00 AM
20:07:00 | 820 yards | 2h 27m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 27/49
Overall: 43/387
Performance: Average
Suit: Orca Sleeveless Speedsuit
Course: The course was a triangle loop in Jordanelle Reservoir.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:36
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:37:56 | 14 miles | 22.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/49
Overall: 7/387
Performance: Good
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: The course was an out and back that climbed steadily at roughly 2% until the turnaround, at which point there was a pretty significant 1/4 mile climb, then some rolling before it hit a long, STEEP hill, followed by gradual downhill back to transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 105
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:41 | 02.69 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/49
Overall: 24/387
Performance: Good
Course: The course wound over the top of several small hills through the dirt trails of a campground, then up a steep hill to the main road, then back down on the paved road to transition. It's a bit short, but easily the toughest run course I've done in a tri.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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

2006-08-29 10:28 PM

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