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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company
80'sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 39m 37s
Overall Rank = 57/593
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 8/79
Pre-race routine:

Drove down to Tempe on Friday with ABQkid and our wives.
Event warmup:

Got up at 4:30 ate a bagel PB&J drank some gatorade and ABQKid and I headed to transition. Setup transition found my wife and had her help me with my wetsuit and I got in the water to wait for the horn.
  • 22m 2s
  • 1094 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

Based on past swims and training, I thought I could pull off this swim in about 17 minutes, so I went to the very front next to the right hand buoy hoping to draft off some of the faster swimmers. I was in the first wave, and when the horn sounded, I got completely run over, I mean pummeled. I gulped a huge amount of water and dry heaved a couple of times. When I finally started swimming, I never felt like I got into any kind of rhythm so it was a rough swim for me.
What would you do differently?:

Lesson learned, don't go to the front and try and hang with them out of the gate. For me it's better to be in the middle back and pass people.
Transition 1
  • 02m 7s

Transition went pretty good, wetsuit strippers got my wetsuit off quick and I got into my bike gear pretty fast.
What would you do differently?:

Could have moved faster. I just wanted to make sure that I didn't forget anything.
  • 1h 21m 48s
  • 29.2 miles
  • 21.42 mile/hr

Bike went well. Out of transition I started to pass people on a regular basis. Course is pretty tight with a lot of turns so I didn't ride as aggressive as I should have. I also saw 3 crashes on the course, so I think that made me ride a little cautious...probably a good thing. Bike computer showed a touch over 30 miles so more than the latest course info of 27.5...For report went with the 29.2 shown on the results page.
What would you do differently?:

There was several times when I should have passed some slower riders quicker, but I ended up waiting for a couple minutes because of turns coming up.
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s

T2 went good. Running shoes on grabbed the visor and headed out.
What would you do differently?:

Only thing I can think of that would make it faster would be to leave my bike shoes clipped in at the dismount line...Never tried it, I guess I'll have to practice that one.
  • 52m 12s
  • 6.55 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

Run went really well for me. I was hoping to be around 8-8:15 per mile and being that I bettered that I was extremely happy. First race with the newton shoes and they seemed to do OK. I'm almost convinced that they are better for training and my regular shoes are better for racing.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I felt like I pushed it just the right amount. It was hot out there, and I felt like I did a good job keeping myself cool.
Post race
Warm down:

Finished up grabbed a water and found my wife and ABQKid's wife to cheer him on in the half.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not sure. Going into the race I thought I could do a 2:30 if everything went just right. With the bad swim and the longer bike course that wouldn't happen. Overall I'm very happy with my race and I was really happy with my run.

Event comments:

RedRock usually does a great job. This year for some reason they seemed to have a really hard time nailing down the course. I really like SOMA, both the half and now Quarterman...It's a great season ender for me.

Last updated: 2007-08-31 12:00 AM
00:22:02 | 1094 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/79
Overall: 125/593
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Sleeveless
Course: Clock wise rectangle/triangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:07
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:21:48 | 29.2 miles | 21.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/79
Overall: 58/593
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: 1 1/2 laps around Tempe. A lot of turns and 180's.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:30
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:52:12 | 06.55 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/79
Overall: 93/593
Performance: Good
Course: Clockwise loop around Tempe Town Lake with one out and back section.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 3

2007-10-30 5:43 PM

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Albuquerque, NM
Subject: Soma Quarterman Triathlon

2007-10-30 6:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Soma Quarterman Triathlon
Wow. Fantastic race. I'll dream tonight of being this fast.

2007-10-30 6:48 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
Subject: RE: Soma Quarterman Triathlon

What a great way to end your season! You placed high in a very tough AG!

I'd love to swim that fast! All around great times. Well Done! 

2007-10-30 10:51 PM
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Albuquerque, NM
Subject: RE: Soma Quarterman Triathlon
What an awesome race and great job on the run!  It took guts to get up in the front in our AG in the swim, but you never know until you try!  

Great year of racing!  IMCDA here we come!
2007-10-31 10:33 AM
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Surprise, Arizona
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Subject: RE: Soma Quarterman Triathlon
Great race.  It was hot out there, and you still flew through the course!
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