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Oilman 70.3 - Triathlon

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Montgomery, Texas
United States
Total Time = 5h 13m 48s
Overall Rank = 42/442
Age Group = m30-34
Age Group Rank = 6/38
Pre-race routine:

Normal morning for me, just a bit longer drive.
Event warmup:

Jogged a couple miles.
  • 32m 21s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

Either the course was long or I swam a bit all over the place. My garmin had me at 2294 yards, and taking the ladder climb out of the swim time, I swam 1:23/100yds pace which I'm very pleased with. The swim felt great. I tried to stay on the feet of the fastest guys in my age group but decided I better dial it back a bit and ended up swimming by myself almost the whole race.
Transition 1
  • 00m 51s

What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 48m 20s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.96 mile/hr

This is where my race got interesting. It rained the whole bike ride. My front derailleur cable slipped loose around mile 15 and I was stuck in the little ring the rest of the way. This resulted in me spinning a lot higher cadence than I was used to. I also wasn't able to push the power I would have liked on the downhills. In the end my power was way down of my goal and I was quite a bit slower than I had hoped. And I think the high cadence affected my run.
What would you do differently?:

Learned a lot about bikes this day. I had a 11/23 cassette on the rear which is great for the flatlands where I live, but not for the rolling hills of this course. I basically never come out of the big ring on my rides. This course required me to switch back and forth between the big and small ring a lot. My front derailluer basically never gets used so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that there was an issue with it.

Also, I should have gotten a different cassette so that I wouldn't have had to get out of the big ring. These aren't big hills, just rollers. That would have made shifting and keeping my power steady much easier.
Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

Don't really remember at this point. Would have liked to have been faster.
  • 1h 50m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 28s  min/mile

Started the run feeling great. Started out a little fast, took me a couple of miles to dial in 8:00/mile, which I carried for the first half of the run. The second half I started walking aid stations which added time to my splits, but I was still running the same pace when running.

By the end my legs felt just awful, nothing like I'd ever experienced before. I think it may have had to do with the high cadence I had to do on the bike, but not sure.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I felt like my fitness was there for a 1:45 run, and definitely off of the low power from my ride. I need to push through the aid stations without slowing down to hit my goal times.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Equipment, but also the fact that this was a few weeks after my A race, so didn't have the proper build then taper into it. Also just overall fitness, I need to continue to build my base.

Last updated: 2015-09-01 12:00 AM
00:32:21 | 2112 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/38
Overall: 0/442
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:51.3
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:48:20 | 56 miles | 19.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/38
Overall: 0/442
Performance: Bad
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:21.4
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:50:54.1 | 13.1 miles | 08m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/38
Overall: 0/442
Performance: Average
7:41; 7:47; 7:52; 8:09; 8:03; 8:17; 8:22; 8:31; 8:41; 8:46; 9:11; 8:57; 9:17
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2016-03-23 5:01 PM

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Katy, Texas
Subject: Oilman 70.3

2016-03-23 5:08 PM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: Oilman 70.3

That sucks about the derailleur, but learning is a good thing (just hate to do it during a race).  Have you experimented with cadence on the bike and then running since the race?

And what a swim!

Congrats on a strong finish to the season.


2016-03-24 9:55 AM
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Speedy swim!  Sucks about the bike issue which may have contributed to a slightly slower run than you would've liked.  To me it all looks good!  Congrats, and I think every race gives us a lesson or two to help us grow and improve for the next one.  Congrats!

2016-03-24 10:35 AM
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Rio Rancho, NM
Subject: RE: Oilman 70.3

Glad you remembered to write this one up. Ha, I can't imagine a not hilly course, rolling or otherwise. Glad you still finished well.


Great job!

2016-03-28 10:37 AM
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Katy, Texas
Subject: RE: Oilman 70.3
Thanks y'all.

Matt - that's a good idea, hadn't thought of that. Of course I've only done a couple of short bricks since then as well. I'll have to test that out.
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