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Perth, Western Australia
Trievents WA
27C / 81F
Total Time = 47m 13s
Overall Rank = 151/153
Age Group = 20-29
Age Group Rank = 28/29
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast was Up & Go and 1/2 a banana. Got everything ready & packed the night before.
Event warmup:

Short jog & stretch.
  • 06m 19s
  • 300 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

Water was REALLY murky and dirty, but luckily no sign of the Bullshark that was spotted in the river last week :) Time wise, this was my fastest swim this season, not surprising I worked really hard and felt like I was dying when I exited the water! Didn't have my Polar on but I think I was going at close to maximim HR!!! :)
Transition 1
  • 00m

I have trishorts now so less faffing around in transition. Socks still take ages to put on though. Oh and I also have a race belt ... which I forgot to put on and was sent back by an official to get it!!! Whoops.
What would you do differently?:

Practice putting socks on faster? :)
Remember to put on race belt!!!
  • 24m 25s
  • 8 kms
  • 19.66 km/hr

Bike computer didn't work so couldn't see my cadence which put me off. I found the cycle REALLY hard today, not sure why.
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 16m 27s
  • 2.5 kms
  • 06m 35s  min/km

Like the bike, for some reason the run today was really hard. Was able to run all the way though, which is an achievement. Stopped to walk at the 2 drink stations though, only because if I try to drink & run I choke :)
What would you do differently?:

Same old mantra ... get fitter! (which I'm doing)
Post race
Warm down:

Was disappointed at lack of post race refreshments - just water was available, not Carboshotz or fruit which was available at previous races.

Event comments:

For some reason I found today's race really really hard, my heart was pounding the whole way and although I really pushed myself as hard as possible, I still came second last out of 153 people. I really am a slow triathlete which is very demoralising, especially as I have been training hard with Wellbeings for the month. Its not for lack of trying, but I guess I just need to focus more on the positives which is the fact that I do triathlons in the first place and am much much healthier for it. I went to donate blood the other day and my blood pressure was 107/69 which is AMAZING. It always used to be 130/80. So all this exercise is really good for me, even if I'll probably never come first :)

Last updated: 2007-02-04 12:00 AM
00:06:19 | 300 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 119/153
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Swam parallel to shore before making 90 degree turn into transition.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 27C / 81F Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:24:25 | 08 kms | 19.66 km/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 139/153
Performance: Average
Time includes T1 & T2 so actual bike time was faster.
Wind: Some
Course: Flat out & back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:16:27 | 02.5 kms | 06m 35s  min/km
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 147/153
Performance: Average
Course: Flat out & back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
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

2007-02-04 7:09 AM

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Perth, Australia
Subject: City of Perth Triathlon

2007-02-04 9:49 AM
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Subject: RE: City of Perth Triathlon

Congratulations on a job well done. Don't worry about being second to last; you finished way ahead of everyone who didn't enter. I'm no expert as I am also a slow triathlete, but I think you probably had trouble on the bike and run because you went out real fast on the swim without much of a warm up, your heart rate went way up, and you never really got it back in control. Especially for short, fast races a good warm up is critical.

BTW, 27C / 81F! I'm a bit jealous as it was -11C/12F here this morning for my bike ride.

Again, congratulations on a fine race.


2007-02-04 6:19 PM
in reply to: #678554

Subject: RE: City of Perth Triathlon


Nice race, I think this race brings out a much higher level of competion, so allthough you may have come in at the back of the pack, it was a much fitter and stronger pack than you would have raced against in other tri's this season.

Good onya for getting out there and having a go...keep it up.

2007-02-04 6:40 PM
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Subject: RE: City of Perth Triathlon
You did 100 times better than all the people that didn't race!!
Did you give blood this week? That may have something to do with why you found the race hard.
Regardless, stick with it, it gets better - take it from someone who knows!!
2007-02-06 6:26 AM
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Perth, Australia
Subject: RE: City of Perth Triathlon
Thanks for the advice ... yeah the thing about my HR sounds spot on, my heart was pounding the whole way! Oh well, live & learn! :-)
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