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Niagara Falls Barrelman Half Iron Triathlon - Triathlon


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Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada
MultiSport Canada
88F / 31C
Total Time = 6h 03m 38s
Overall Rank = 400/863
Age Group = 25
Age Group Rank = 118/70
Pre-race routine:

The usual; bagel & pbj; get to race site early, pump up tires; get yelled at by other athletes for putting my helmet and shoes on the wrong side. Don't mind me, I'm new here.

9am start was odd too. I assume it's usually cold this time of year in Canada but today was going to be hot and an earlier start would have been nice.
Event warmup:

swam a bit
Swim
  • 42m 29s
  • 2000 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters
Comments:

This year the RD teamed with Rev3 in hopes of getting more participants. They succeeded all right and sold out at 1,100 entrants (including relays I guess). Every course was crowded. The swim course was narrow too. I never swam alone and often got pushed to the middle and rode the cable. That'd be fine - except I kept smacking the little buoys because I couldn't see them in the sunlight. My swim was average and almost the same pace as my IM pace.
What would you do differently?:

They need to space out the waves more.
Transition 1
  • 04m 13s
Comments:

You had to run up stairs to get to T1. And then, you entered in the middle and my bike was all the way to the right (exit was all the way to the left). It's not like I could just turn right either. I had to jog left to get around the LONG ROWS of bike racks, then run all the way to the end, get my stuff then run all the way to the exit.

DH, on the other hand turned left, got his stuff, and exited transition.

They need to address this.
Bike
  • 2h 39m 36s
  • 53 miles
  • 19.92 mile/hr
Comments:

The bike course was CROWDED. I spent the first third trying to get away from people and finally just gave up. Finally after about half it thinned out a bit. The course was FLAT and there was a headwind. A good portion of the roads were rough. I think it's just Canada. Tremblant is SO SMOOTH compared to these roads ;)

Between the flat course and the headwind I found it difficult to maintain my power goal and eventually I couldn't stay in aero any more. My lower back was achy and I spent a good amount of time upright and I kept shifting up and standing and pedaling for a bit just to move around.

The course was 3m short due to recently chip sealed roads - fine with me - I was ready to get off the bike at 20 miles in. (yeah the whole metric vs imperial thing is a mind bender too)
Transition 2
  • 03m 17s
Comments:

T2 was not in the same place as T1 - I had my doubts as to whether my stuff would be there when I got there but it was :) No issues finding my rack either.
Run
  • 2h 34m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 46s  min/mile
Comments:

I knew it was going to be warm but the last few weeks at home have been cool. None of us were prepared for it - well, except 1 girl in our group who smoked it ;)

The run starts out in the bright open sun for about a mile and then into shade. I thought - ok I can handle this.....then out into the sun again and back and forth for the rest of the course. It was kind of neat running through the casino area and dodging tourists. Oh and down the stairs......And of course running by the falls was cool too - literally because the mist came off the falls and was refreshing. After the falls, it was about a mile and a half back to the start for the turn around - in direct sunlight. It was a 4 lane road in and out and the runners took 1 lane so you also ran next to backed up traffic (because of you). They were none to pleased - not to mention the hot exhaust. Did I mention it was hot? I made it to about here before I completely had a meltdown. I passed a few people I shouldn't have and I saw DH who was in rough shape. I never stopped to think that if these people were hurting then I was in the same boat and doing pretty good.
Post race
Warm down:

The finish was in a playground and they had this giant mushroom with cold water pouring off of it that every athlete went to and was standing under. It was awesome and thank goodness - it was perfect.

Event comments:

Remind me never to do a flat bike course again. That was really brutal. There's nothing you can do about the heat - except maybe start earlier than 9am.

Canada Multisport did a good job but I'm sure they learned a lot - like don't run out of ice at miles 8-12 of the run. I'm not sure how much influence Rev3 had - but I would have liked to seen more.




Last updated: 2017-08-02 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:42:29 | 2000 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 25/70
Overall: 419/863
Performance:
Suit:
Course: Rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 04:13
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
02:39:36 | 53 miles | 19.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 0/863
Performance:
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: FLAT AND BORING
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 03:17
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:34:03 | 13.1 miles | 11m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 0/863
Performance:
Course: 2 out and backs with a little loop around the casino and by the falls.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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