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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Total Time = 6h 30m
Overall Rank = 430/564
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 52/56
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0400. ate yogurt, drank a cup of coffee and water. Got the family together to leave at 0500. Naturally, I was 0510 by the time I got everyone in the Explorer.

I work in downtown Tempe, so navigating the area is a piece of cake for me.

Used restroom a few times. You know this is important
Event warmup:

Took my time to lay out the transition area.

Met a few friends for a chat, took some pre-race photos

Hopped in the water about 5 minutes before the start
  • 23m 52s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 55s / 100 yards

Well this was my first triathlon. So I was simply trying to get through the swim.

I stopped at two kayaks for a quick breather. Not too long

I did feel like a speed bump during the final leg as the ladies caught up to me.

Volunteers assisted the swimmers get out of the water. Nice!
What would you do differently?:

I believe some more training in OWS will help in the future. I hear that a wetsuit really helps.
Transition 1
  • 02m 33s

I thought I would have my shoes clipped to the pedals to start. It worked really well when I practiced at my house. Not so well when I was tired after the swim.

What would you do differently?:

put on shoes in transition. Put on gloves while riding
  • 44m 10s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.30 mile/hr

I felt pretty good out there considering that I have not ridden outside at all. I took a few spin classes to practice. I like everyone else found the gap on the Scottsdale bridge. The first time by I tried to hop it and the back tire hit pretty hard. I was praying that the back tire would not pop. The second time I lifted myself off of the seat to reduct the pressure.

I had trouble shifting gears. Although there were not any real hills to speak of, I was slowed down quite a bit due to my lack of riding experience.
What would you do differently?:

I just need to ride more.
Transition 2
  • 02m 20s

I felt pretty good here. I have not practiced the transitions that much. I was slowed down by trying to reset my Garmin from biking ot running. I gave up. I chose not to run with the Ipod.
What would you do differently?:

Use my Polar watch..think about using speedlaces although, I do not feel that my laces slowed me too much
  • 33m 3s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

I felt pretty good. I was able to run the entire distance and even pass a few on the course..I was able to sprint to the finish
What would you do differently?:

I would love to be able to run faster!!! I am working on that.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank some water. walked around a little bit. Ate the nice breakfast from Monti's.

I got the post race stretch. It was good but the guy tried to sell me to come visit him.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I tried to pace myself. I could have pushed harder on the bike and run

Event comments:

I will do this race again. I thought RedRock Co was well organized. I would have liked to see more support in the water by kayakers. I was fine but I thought they were not enough for the number of beginning swimmers.

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Last updated: 2007-09-24 12:00 AM
00:23:52 | 820 yards | 02m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/56
Overall: 0/564
Performance: Bad
Suit: Nope
Course: It was set up different than the website map. We swam west, then north, east and south to the exit. Big yellow bouys served as guides. Kayaks on course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:33
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:44:10 | 12 miles | 16.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/56
Overall: 0/564
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Basically a loop around the lake
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:20
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:33:03 | 03.11 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/56
Overall: 0/564
Performance: Good
Course: Run around Tempe Town Lake. Some dirt, concrete and asphalt.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5]

2007-09-24 9:33 PM

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Chandler, AZ
Subject: Timex Triathlon

2007-09-25 11:57 AM
in reply to: #977626

Subject: RE: Timex Triathlon

Great job Rick! You did awesome!!  This was your first reall, big tri, and you did it!! Now you have a great idea of where you are at and where to go from here!! 

( my albums....I have pictures that say it's you....but is it you? I didn't take them and never saw you during the race! Let me know if that's not you!! jeez!)

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