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Kirkland, Washington
United States
TriFREAKS, Inc.
60F / 16C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 45m 34s
Overall Rank = 110/257
Age Group = M3039
Age Group Rank = 26/49
Pre-race routine:

Ate two scrambled eggs mixed with a cup of rice and had a cup of coffee. Loosened up on the foam roller.
Event warmup:

100y swim
Swim
  • 19m 51s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 16s / 100 yards
Comments:

Started strong. Swam at an easy pace in the middle of the pack and stayed calm when making contact with other swimmers. Rounded the first buoy and could not see the second. It was overcast and my mirrored goggles were far too dark. Had difficulty with sighting and my stroke became unbalanced, causing me to constantly swim to the left. Settled on following other swimmers and zig zagged my way across the rest of the course. I did not draft anyone. My arms started burning at about the halfway point so I eased up a little. I kept my breathing and heart rate under control and had no trouble finishing. I ran out of the water feeling good.
What would you do differently?:

Use clear goggles, find landmarks to sight off before the race.
Transition 1
  • 03m 34s
Comments:

This was my first triathlon with a wetsuit. I had some trouble quickly removing the suit and getting my socks and shoes on. I wasted some time drying off and doing a final check to make sure I had everything.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting out of the wetsuit quickly.
Bike
  • 54m 46s
  • 13.9 miles
  • 15.23 mile/hr
Comments:

The road was slick and my bike felt squirrelly. I rode on 700x25 gatorskins and may have overinflated them. I worked hard up the hills and was extremely conservative going down. I rode my brakes on all the steep descents. The corner at mile 4 should have been marked with a warning sign. It was a 6% decent into a sharp right turn. I saw several people on the ground who had lost control while braking and crashed. The next descent at mile 5 was a test of bravery (or stupidity). It consisted of a 6% grade over 1 mile of twisting & slippery roads. I kept my speed under 25 mph since I wasn't about to try leaning into turns in these conditions. My fastest mile was at 28mph and top speed was 36 mph.
What would you do differently?:

Put less air in my front tire and work harder up the hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 48s
Comments:

I was slow changing shoes and wasted some time removing my garmin from my bike and getting it on my wrist.
What would you do differently?:

Wear my garmin on my wrist during the bike leg, practice changing shoes without sitting down.
Run
  • 25m 37s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile
Comments:

I felt good at the beginning but got a mild cramp in my left calf. I tried running through it but eventually had to stop and stretch it out. Felt very good after the first mile and picked up the pace. Felt even better after mile 2 and picked it up more. Felt great at mile 3 and kicked it up two notches. I finished with a lot left in the tank. Splits were mile 1 in 8:48, mile 2 in 8:25, mile 3 in 7:40, and the final .1 at 6:15 min / mile.
What would you do differently?:

Don't get a calf cramp, run harder at the beginning, go sub 24 min.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate the junk food given away by vendors

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am new and still learning to use my equipment. Between sighting, slow transitions and slow descents on the bike I gave up 5-10 minutes.

Event comments:

I would give a 5 if not for the unsafe conditions on the bike course. There should have been a sign or volunteers before the hill on mile 4 warning people to slow down.




Last updated: 2013-08-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:19:51 | 880 yards | 02m 16s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/49
Overall: 144/257
Performance: Average
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction
Course: Triangle shaped course in Lake Washington with an 1/8 mile exit in knee deep water.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 03:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:54:46 | 13.9 miles | 15.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/49
Overall: 103/257
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Two loops that took you up & down one hill. Streets were wet and not closed to traffic. Started with a 400 ft climb over the first 2 miles with a dangerous turn at mile 4, before descending 350 ft in 1 mile around some turns.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 85
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:48
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
Running
00:25:37 | 03.11 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/49
Overall: 101/257
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back course over mostly flat terrain with a 30 ft and 60 ft hill in the middle. Surface was paved and wet.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 4

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