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Bluff Creek Triathlon - Sprint - Triathlon

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Ogden, Iowa
United States
Heart of America Triathlon Series
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 34m 19s
Overall Rank = 79/155
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 6/8
  • 11m 21s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 16s / 100 meters

Overall, swim felt pretty good. No wetsuit, water was 80 F. I managed to keep the freestyle going pretty consistently which was the main goal.

Early was rough with so many bodies. Eventually was able to break out a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I was pretty happy with this swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 32s

Long run from water to transition. I wasted a lot of time putting on a shirt after the swim. 6th in age group, 67th overall.
What would you do differently?:

Wear a tri-suit and don't hassle with separate shirt. Practice T1 more.
  • 47m 2s
  • 15 miles
  • 19.14 mile/hr

Felt great for the first 11 miles or so... then things got rough. I started feeling some knee pain (I may need a bike fit). Also my right hand and right foot both were going numb. New for the foot, not so unusual in the hand. But the worst was after 11 miles, the bike just got HARD. Legs were burning and I just couldn't maintain the pace.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder on straight roads, less on curvy paths.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Very happy with T2, 4th in age group, 30th overall.
  • 32m 28s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 29s  min/km

The run was decent for me... I intentionally didn't try to push it too hard on this, partially because the bike was hard, partially because my main goal for the race was to finish and stay healthy. That said, I was shooting for mid-10 minute mile and got it. A LOT of chafing under my arms from this shirt.
What would you do differently?:

Train for speed. :-) Wear a tri-suit and body glide to address chafing.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

First time (in 15 years) finisher! I was pushing hard but not too hard. Still need to build my body's strength and capacity.

Event comments:

I was very happy with the race and organization! With one minor exception on the run, every turn and critical point was well marked, but even in that one spot a volunteer was present to assist with direction. Good recovery snacks available, chip timing was nice, and volunteers were great! I talked a few others into joining the race so it was a good social experience.

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Last updated: 2018-08-20 12:00 AM
00:11:21 | 500 meters | 02m 16s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 64/155
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri Shorts
Course: Start on a beach, swim straight across the lake, right turn into a boat ramp exit.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:32
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:47:02 | 15 miles | 19.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/8
Overall: 56/155
Performance: Good
Avg HR 169bpm Max HR 185bpm
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:28 | 05 kms | 06m 29s  min/km
Age Group: 7/8
Overall: 104/155
Performance: Average
Avg HR 171bpm Max HR 183bpm
Course: Some hills, some gravel, some dirt, fair bit of asphalt.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2018-08-20 5:44 PM

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