Soma Half Iron Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Tempe, Arizona
United States
The Red Rock Company
Total Time = 5h 28m 4s
Overall Rank = 209/
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 45/79
Pre-race routine:

Woke up about 5 and put the last few things in the truck. I wasn't hungry at all, I had planned to eat a bagel in the morning but it just didn't look good. Coffee on the other hand sounded great. Grabbed a cup of coffee and headed down to TTL.
Event warmup:

I was pretty cold when I first got down there. It takes me awhile every year to understand that you might actually need a jacket in Arizona. I set-up my area, got some air in the tires and I was ready to go. I have never put my wetsuit on so far before a race and felt comfortable, usually when I put it on the clock is ticking and I need to be in the water very soon.
  • 41m 7s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 08s / 100 meters

Swam at a comfortable pace, I've gotten slightly slower lately but I'm getting out of the water in a decent time feeling good.For the most part I swam pretty straight and right at the buoys. My only problem was spotting the first turn buoy as the sun rose but there was a guy right next to me that was sighting a good amount so I just swam right next him until the turn.
What would you do differently?:

Not to much. I think a little more time in the pool working on speed and I can get my time back under the 2 min/100 pace.
Transition 1
  • 03m 27s

This transition was one of the funnier things I have been through in a race. When I ran into transition I some how decided my number was 648 (not the 468 it was) and I had not been able to find a good landmark where my bike is like usual when setting up. So as I wandered around the six hundred rack looking for a bike that wasn't there I looked at the number on my arm.....yep 648...continue to look around aimlessly...look at arm again...ooh 468. Oddly enough right after that I found my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not forget my race number and/or learn to read numbers.
  • 2h 31m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.24 mile/hr

By far my best ride of any race I've ever had! I've never been able to average over 20 mph in a race and have had many races hurt by a slow ride. The past six months I have made a point to conquer this problem once and for all and this made me feel like I'm well on the way. I felt really strong the whole ride and just went with the pace that felt good. Fortunately since my swim wave was early in the starting order the first lap wasn't too crowded, the second lap was pretty tight in some places but it wasn't that bad considering how narrow the course was.
What would you do differently?:

If I could ride that ride in every race I'd be pretty satisfied.
Transition 2
  • 02m 52s

Didn't really rush through transition, pretty much took my time to get fully ready for the run and had a GU pack and some gatorade. One positive: I remembered my race number and where my area was.
  • 2h 09m 31s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 53s  min/mile

I had not really gotten in the amount of run training I should have for this race so wanted to just set a sustainable pace and cruise with that. I felt better than I thought I would on the first lap and didn't really start to feel like I was hurting until halfway through the second lap. Dumped most of the water I got from aid stations over my head so I did a pretty good job of keeping cool. I felt like I was pushing myself pretty hard the last bit but I knew it was almost over and I wanted to stay under 5:30. It was fun and refreshing to dive down the water slide at the end until I saw the water I was landing in at the end.
What would you do differently?:

If I put in some more miles I could have had a quicker run but it was a fun experience in having to push hard no matter the pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Had to sit down for a bit...then hung out to watch friends finish and pack up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Run fitness, but this was a PR for so it's all good.

Event comments:

I love to do this race, except for ironman this is by far the best organized and well run I have done. The only negative was a tight u-turny course but this seems to be the curse of Tempe races.

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Last updated: 2008-05-05 12:00 AM
00:41:07 | 1931 meters | 02m 08s / 100meters
Age Group: 38/79
Overall: 219/
Performance: Average
Suit: Yes
Course: Rectangle in TTL
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:27
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:31:06 | 56 miles | 22.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/79
Overall: 142/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 laps with a u-turn or two.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:52
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
02:09:31 | 13.1 miles | 09m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 50/79
Overall: 283/
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 Laps around TTL.
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5