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Peoples Tri Series, Mission Bay - Triathlon

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Auckland, Auckland
New Zealand
Total Time = 1h 24m 4s
Overall Rank = 148/167
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 33/40
Pre-race routine:

The night before this race my wife was out celebrating at a friends bachelorette party. And I was a designated taxi driver. Short version, got to bed at 2am, planned to get up at 5:30, ended up getting up just after 6 to arrive at the race venue just in the nick of time, all be it a little on the tired side.
Event warmup:

None, the swim is my warm up
  • 08m 56s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters

The swim went well, I was very happy with my result.

I started on the outside of the pack, as usual, to try and get a clear swim. As we rounded the first turning buoy, I ended up in teh middle of the pack with my hands right on another swimmers feet, and someone right on mine. I was pretty pinned in all around so was stuck in the pack for a few minutes. Once round the final turn I got myself to the inside of the course, and in clear water again until the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, Very happy with my swim. Considering how little I've been in the pool recently this was a great result.
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

Lacking in energy in this transition. Walked most of the way to, and with the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Be fitter and have more energy
  • 40m 1s
  • 20 kms
  • 29.99 km/hr

The plan was to ride within myself and have a good run. I thought that about 30km/hr should be the target speed, if the weather was good (which it was).

It all went to plan. I sat consistently in the high 20s low 30s for most of the ride.

There really isn't much to report here, I kept a steady hard, but sustainable effort. I drank about half a bottle of water, and had 1 gel in the last 5km of the ride to prep for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, the legs were a bit stiff by the end of the ride, but aerobically I felt great. Which was the goal.
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s

A bit more energy this time, I jogged with the bike back to my transition zone. Helmet off shoes and socks on, grab the cap and off for a run
What would you do differently?:

I need a different type of shoes, that don't need to be 'lace locked' so I can use elastic laces. To be honest, that was probably the difference between my result and setting a course PB
  • 30m 3s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 01s  min/km

Over the last few weeks I've done a few speed workouts in my running. These gave me the confidence that I should be able to maintain 6 min/km for a 5km run. So my goal for the run was 30 minutes, running consistent splits.

The first 2kms went well, averaged 5:52/km which was bang on target. However during the 3rd kilometer I began to feel fatigued and started to slow slightly. I made the decision to keep in 'cruise' mode, and let my pace drop to 6:10-6:15/km if needed before accelerating in the last 1000m of the run. The plan went perfectly, kilometers 3 and 4 were run at an average of 6:08/km before hitting the accelerator at the 4km mark to run the next kilometer in 5:47. Unfortunately a slightly long course (5.04km) meant that my run time was 30:03, just over my goal
What would you do differently?:

Speed up slightly sooner, maybe 100m. To get the official time under 30 minutes.
Post race
Warm down:

None, just a water and post race muffin. Followed by a big breakfast at the local cafe after packing up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Honestly, I think that for my current level of fitness I did as well as I had any right to. Elastic laces would have saved some time in T2 which would have been enough to get a new PB for the course. Which I missed by 1 second.

Event comments:

4th time I've done this race, (1 Olympic distance, 3 sprint) So I guess that means I like it.

Well organised,
reasonably good value,
and a great course both for spectators (course is a loop) and athletes (flat and fast bike and run)

Highly recommend, and will be back next summer.

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Last updated: 2016-04-10 12:00 AM
00:08:56 | 500 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 15/40
Overall: 0/167
Performance: Good
Course: A U shaped course, off the beach
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:04
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:40:01 | 20 kms | 29.99 km/hr
Age Group: 35/40
Overall: 0/167
Performance: Good
Course: 2 laps of a 10km loop along Tamaki Dr. Flat course, smooth roads. Other than a 180deg corner at each end no reason to slow down.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:59
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:30:03 | 05 kms | 06m 01s  min/km
Age Group: 33/40
Overall: 0/167
Performance: Good
Course: 5km out and back along Tamaki Dr.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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