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Outer Banks Triathlon - Olympic Course - Triathlon

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Manteo, North Carolina
United States
Outer Banks Sporting Events
76F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 09m 4s
Overall Rank = 116/262
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 11/18
Pre-race routine:

For the two weeks heading into the race I missed a couple runs, swims, and didn't get a single bike in.

The morning before I went over my bike, cleaned and oiled the chain. We arrived to the OBX the night before and I went to the prerace meeting. They reported water temps well within wetsuit range (I think they said 73 or 74). We stayed about a 30 minute drive from the race and that morning I got up early, had half a blueberry muffin and coffee while setting up TA. The forecast was for thunderstorms but the sky was clear. The water was choppy. TA closed more than an hour before my race and this made things a little bit of a pain (oly and 1/2 iron in same TA.

They announced in TA that water temps were 81 and so no wetsuit.
Event warmup:

Short jog and a little swimming
  • 32m 27s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

A little annoyed about the being told the water temps were completely different the day before. Since this is ocean there is no way that the water warmed that much that quickly.

The swells were larger than I had swam in before but I don't swim much open water.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was happy with my swim
Transition 1
  • 02m 28s

I am still consistently slow in TA
What would you do differently?:

Got to work on going faster. Maybe running more in TA
  • 1h 18m 26s
  • 24.5 miles
  • 18.74 mile/hr

I tried to keep the bike slow as I had not run over 5 miles in training, and wanted to save some for the run. Got passed a lot in the first 1/2 and passed a few in the seconded half
What would you do differently?:

I think next year if my run volume is better, this course would be a good one to hammer a bit more
Transition 2
  • 09m 52s

The guy going into TA before me racked his bike on my stuff, I waited and moved his bike and racked mine. In the chaos i forgot my bib belt. I realized this about .4 miles. Since the 7 year old who marked me writing was near impossible to read I considered my options and since it was a slim possibilty of a DNF (I knew it was a 2 minute penalty) I decided to turn around. This this put an extra 7.38 into t2 and extra 0.9 on my run. Bike mistake since I was adding nearly an extra mile to mile longest run
What would you do differently?:

Don't forget my belt, and don't turn around if I do.
  • 1h 05m 54s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

Got to the 2 mile point and my neuroma was killing me. Did a run walk from there on out. I had anticipated that this may happen and this is why I hadn't run more than 5 miles in training.
What would you do differently?:

don't forget my bib. I took a 8:30 mile and exchanged it for a 12 minute mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, and then went into the water for a little cool down

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Forgetting my bid was a huge problem. Additionally I didn't train enough for the 10K run.

Event comments:

I am very likely to do this race again.
I did not like the race check in process as it was completely different than any of the races I have done. I also thought that there were very few volunteers for the swim compared to other local races. Was a little be annoyed but the lack of information leading up to the race and being misinformed about water temps the evening before.

Shirts were nice, and there is a finishers metal that was also nice.

Last updated: 2015-01-23 12:00 AM
00:32:27 | 1500 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/18
Overall: 61/262
Suit: Desoto trisuit
Course: triangle. There was a little current on the outward portion, and most athletes walked until the water was chest deep, prob about 100m
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:28
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:18:26 | 24.5 miles | 18.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/18
Overall: 84/262
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: goo
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 09:52
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:05:54 | 06.2 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/18
Overall: 123/262
Performance: Below average
Course: out and back
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? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2015-09-24 9:15 AM

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